High Court Rules in Favor of People vs. Party Politics
“For me this is a season of hope — new hope for a justice and fair prosperity for the many, and not just for the few — new hope. And this is the cause of my life — new hope that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every American — north, south, east, west, young, old — will have decent, quality health care as a fundamental right and not a privilege.” -Sen. Edward Kennedy, 2008 Democratic National Convention
The Supreme Court’s recent 5-4 ruling to uphold the bulk of the Affordable Health Care Act a.k.a ObamaCare did more than echo the words and aspirations of Sen. Edward Kennedy who passed before the bill became law two years ago. The ruling demonstrated that the Robert’s court does have the capacity to rule in favor of the people vs. party politics or affiliation.
The Chief Justice surprisingly sided with court liberals in ruling in favor of Health Care Reform despite what was anticipated as an automatic victory for Republicans. President Obama commented live after hearing about the ruling and encouraged all sides to move forward and further improve health care bill options. He further stressed the importance of focusing on current issues at hand surrounding jobs and the economy.
Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on the other hand saw the ruling as a reason to repeal ObamaCare in its entirety, saying, “ Congress must act to repeal this misguided law. Obamacare has not only limited choices and increased health care costs for American families, it has made it harder for American businesses to hire.” Mitt Romney commented, “ObamaCare raises taxes on the American people by approximately 500 billion dollars.”Continued on the next page