Obamacare Lives thanks to politically-motivated court

July 7, 2015 by  

Once again, the U.S. Supreme Court has bent over backwards to rule in favor of the Obama administration and keep “Obamacare” alive in Thursday’s decision regarding the latest challenge to the health-care law, King vs. Burwell.  Since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, leaders from around the country have tried to work with the feds to improve and mitigate the law’s impact on their citizens.

Unfortunately, many felt they couldn’t get the improvements they needed and have gone to court over the law, but the sad truth is that the court has regularly and consistently focused on a political agenda rather than following the law.

Instead of allowing the American political process to work as it was designed, a majority of the Supreme Court justices decided to embrace a political agenda. This undermines their position as the people who objectively resolve our disputes.

In his dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia strongly criticized the court for this shift in priorities:

“Words no longer have meaning if an exchange that is not established by a state is ‘established by the state,” he wrote. “Under all the usual rules of interpretation, in short, the government should lose this case. But normal rules of interpretation seem always to yield to the overriding principle of the present court: The Affordable Care Act must be saved.”

The court’s ruling states that the IRS is legally paying subsidies for insurance policies bought on the federal exchange, healthcare.gov. It ignores the very plain wording of the law that says the subsidies would be paid only to those “enrolled in through an exchange established by the state.”

This is a terrible precedent where the court is changing the meaning of laws passed by Congress on the fly and without oversight. Simply put, this ruling effectively demands that Congress reopen the law and repeal it. Otherwise, the American people and our states are going to be smothered by it for decades to come.

We’ve already seen in polling research that Americans want Obamacare reformed, and even the law’s primary beneficiaries, exchange enrollees, want Congress to make major changes that benefit everyone.

Those changes need to include giving the states freedom to manage their own health-care programs again — not continue to assume the federal government knows what is best for people in Bisbee and families in Flagstaff.

We know our own needs best. That’s why 35 of my colleagues and I joined together urging Congress in a letter to reform Obamacare, and we were joined by lawmakers and leaders in 32 states calling for the same relief.

A major factor in the law’s unpopularity has been the string of broken promises from the president and former congressional leaders about the impacts of Obamacare — rising premiums and skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs. And, of course, we all remember the old line about being able to keep your doctor and your plan. Sadly, too, many have lost both since 2010.

The law has been as much a disaster for states. Nearly half the states that have their own exchanges are crumbling, eating up limited public money on surging costs with huge technical issues and low enrollment. These aren’t what you would call success stories.

So, now we stand together to ask this new Congress to fulfill their promise to the American people and lead. Help us make this country great again. Help us dismantle Obamacare and reform our health-care system with patient-centered solutions that will work for everyone.

It’s time to give the states the power to help people again, and it’s time to protect the American people from a politically-motivated, activist court.

Obamacare Lives – thanks to Politically-motivated court. Editorial submitted by Sen. Nancy Barto – published in the Arizona Republic’s “As I See It”.

 

 

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  1. Joy Staveley says:

    The ACA must be repealed or we will continue to lose quality doctors. Not only will the cost of care skyrocket, but the quality will continue to go down and innovation and new technology will decrease. New drugs will not be coming on line because it will not make financial sense.The only thing worse than Obama Care would be Universal Health Care. That would be a disaster, yet we all know that is where Obama Care is heading if we cannot turn it around. Countries with socialized medicine are heavily in the red, doctors cannot afford staff, treatment is being rationed, and they have state of the art equipment it is only because they import it from the United States because they can no longer afford to develop it themselves.

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