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August 21, 2014, 10:01 am

Supreme Court should uphold health care law

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide Thursday June 28 on President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, which extends health care to millions of Americans now lacking insurance.

The high court will decide whether to strike down the core provision requiring most Americans to obtain health insurance coverage. The decision is expected on the court’s last day in session before its summer recess.

The ruling is expected to be decided mainly along partisan lines with Republican appointed conservative Supreme Court Justices opposing the law.

Republican opponents contend the law unconstitutionally extends the power of the federal government by requiring that all Americans buy insurance or face a penalty.

Republicans, who have coined the Affordable Care Act Obamacare as an insult, have used fear-mongering and distortion to try to link the law to rationing, soaring costs, and unemployment.

But the fact is, so-called Obamacare is not much different than Romneycare or what Republican challenger Mitt Romney enacted when he was governor of Massachusetts. Both require individuals to buy health insurance.

Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, has vowed to overturn the health care reform law if elected.

Despite the hysteria over the insurance mandate provision in the Affordable Care Act it “has its roots in conservative thinking,” reported Michael Cooper of the New York Times on Feb. 14.

“The concept that people should be required to buy health insurance was fleshed out more than two decades ago by a number of conservative economists, embraced by scholars at conservative research groups, including the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute and championed, for a time, by Republicans in the Senate,” the New York Times reported.

“The individual mandate, as it is known, was seen then as the conservative alternative to some of the health care approaches favored by liberals — like creating a national health service or requiring employers to provide health coverage.”

The irony is now that Republicans and conservatives oppose the individual mandate.

While they claim their opposition is based on conservative principles it is really motivated by politics.

The health care overhaul law is Obama’s biggest legislative accomplishment as president. A court decision against the law will likely hurt him politically and will be devastating to millions of uninsured Americans.