Supreme Court Will Address Affordable Health Care Act... Maybe
Today begins the first in a 3 day schedule of oral arguments before the Supreme Court regarding the Affordable Health Care Act - legislation more commonly known as Obamacare. First on the agenda, Justices will hear a rather esoteric argument on whether they should be listening at all. According to a law passed in 1867, people have to actually pay a "tax" (which is what the individual mandate is being called) before they can sue. Mandate penalties will not even go into effect until 2015.
In other news; former Vice President Dick Cheney is recovering following heart transplant surgery. His prognosis is good and his family has asked that their thanks be sent out to all of his well-wishers.
I bet Mr. Cheney's happy he was well insured
And I'm happy for him. Hope that he's completely cured.
All those folks who said that Cheney didn't have a heart
Must acknowledge now that it's his most expensive part.
I hear that he's comfortable - recovering his health.
And, thanks to insurance, didn't lose a lot of wealth.
That's the thing with medicine - such miracles we see -
But, unlike God's miracles, this kind is not for free.
Isn't it ironic, then, that Justices will hear
Arguments about this thing Republicans hold dear;
Is it Constitutional to force us all to pay
For those miracles that doctors perform every day?
Doctors do not have a choice according to their oath;
Doesn't matter if you're rich or poor - they treat them both.
If it's an emergency you won't be turned away.
But, the bottom line my friends is; someone's gotta pay.
Now they're praying in the streets the Court will overturn
Health Care Legislation. Should they win, I fear they'll learn
System was as broken as Dick Cheney's failing heart.
True, it isn't perfect - yet - but I think it's a start.
The Supreme Court will devote more time to this issue than they have to any in the last 45 years. I plan to follow it closely. For you other political junkies out there; I highly recommend the NPR site for its excellent coverage of all aspects of the questions before the Court.