Obamacare ruling: A victory for the court and for the American people


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Obamacare ruling: A victory for the court and for the

American people

Our view: Roberts’ decision upholds the principle of judicial restraint, to the benefit of millions who lack access to health care

11:39 a.m. EDT, June 28, 2012

By voting to uphold the bulk of the Affordable Care Act, Chief Justice John Roberts erased concerns that the Supreme Court had become captive to political rather than legal interests. As he promised to do during his confirmation hearings, Justice Roberts crafted a narrow ruling that showed due deference to the other branches of government. In fact, his view of the most controversial element of the law — the requirement that individuals purchase health insurance or pay a penalty — cut through the political spin of Democrats in Congress and President Barack Obama. They had refused to call the penalty a tax, out of an effort to avoid breaking the president’s promise not to raise taxes on the middle class. But Mr. Roberts said that’s what the provision amounts to, and under Congress’ broad powers to levy taxes, it stands.

The implications for the nation’s health care system and for the American people are enormous. Had Mr. Roberts sided instead with the court’s conservative wing, the entire act would have been thrown out — and with it, protections for Americans with chronic diseases and pre-existing conditions, the expansion of health insurance to millions who now lack it, and provisions to control the spiraling cost of health care in the United States. A rejection of the model for universal health care embodied in the Affordable Care Act would have left little other option besides a single-payer system, which is for the foreseeable future a political impossibility.

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