Five Supreme Court Justices Put Our Health Care On The Line
Here is an obviously “liberal” opinion on this matter, but if logic in the real world is worth anything, he is right.
My fellow americans, your health care is now in the hands of the right-wing majority of the Supreme Court. These are the folks who disgraced themselves in Bush v. Gore and who auctioned off democracy in the Citizens United decision. You thought it was bad when Congress and the insurance companies were making health-care policy? Wait till you see what five Republican lawyers can do.
I have a law degree. I passed the bar. I know what Justice Alito is trying to do: reductio ad absurdum. He is probing the limits of Congress’s constitutional power. But here in the real world he’s wasting our time. And he’s pissing us off.
Civic Freeloaders: People who have insurance are being overcharged to cover free riders who think they’ll never get sick—like Mary Brown, the small businesswoman who filed the original lawsuit asserting her right not to buy health insurance. ‘She firmly believes that no one should have the right to tell her she has to use her own money to pay for health insurance,’ Karen Harned, executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business legal center, said two years ago when NFIB filed the lawsuit on Brown’s behalf. But Brown is no longer the named plaintiff. Why? Because NFIB dropped her when the real world intruded. She got sick. The bills came due. And without health insurance, she went bankrupt. She had to close her auto-repair shop. And she stiffed her doctors and hospital—leaving folks who were more responsible than she to cover her uncompensated care.