Oral arguments for and against the legality of Obamacare begin today at the United States Supreme Court. There will be six hours of debate. The 4,000- page document that calls for health insurance to cover every American has reached the highest court in the land.
Arguments for nationalized health care, as presented by the government’s attorneys, will contend that yes, Congress can force individuals to buy insurance. In fact, the administration’s speaking heads suggest that it just as legal as those states that force drivers of automobiles to buy car insurance.
The bill that passed a Democrat controlled U.S. House of Representatives and Senate has been debated since the day it was passed.
During mid-term elections in 2010, the Tea Party was formed to specifically attack Obama’s health care law, claiming the bill, which goes into effect in 2014, is unconstitutional.
Some argue that the law dictates to states that Medicaid eligibility (state funded health care for the poor) must be expanded, or those states that fail to go along with the government’s plan will lose federal dollars.
Make no mistake about it — Obamacare will be debated long after these hearings. In fact, it might be one of the most contentious issues to envelope the 2012 presidential campaign, along with high gas prices and a growing concern over inflation that seems to be gripping our economy.
Whether or not the health care law violates the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause is somewhat academic, in that affordability is at the root of the entire sweeping change in health care across America. Can our stumbling economy afford to spend trillions of dollars without borrowing more to cover the costs when our national debt is already choking off any long-term recovery?
In a perfect world, the government should pay for everything proponents might argue. We don’t live in a perfect world. In fact, our nation should have realized with the financial collapse in 2008 we have champagne tastes and a beer budget. We should be coming to grips with the reality that for only the second time in our nation’s history we have a receding economic standing in the world. Other nations that were once considered among the poorest are beginning to thrive and stand ready to take our place of dominance on the world stage.
Whether one agrees with the administration’s attempt to socialize health care or not, we simply cannot afford the economic impact it will have on our nation’s struggling economy.