The President Backs Obamacare

The constitutionality of President Obama’s signature legislation the “Patient protection and Affordable Care Act” is being deliberated upon by the Supreme Court. Final arguments are to be heard by Wednesday and a verdict is expected in June, just in time to play a starring role in this year’s Presidential campaign. The Republicans are already scathing about the Act and have vowed to dismantle it if they were to come to power; this is an interesting about face for Mr. Romney as this Act has its origins in a law that he had passed as Governor of Massachusetts.

President Obama has recently stated that a rejection of this law would be an act of “Judicial Activism” and that it is not the place of the Justices of the Supreme Court to overturn a law that has been passed by elected representatives of the people. In a strongly worded statement the President reminded conservative commentators of their staunch opposition to what they see as Judicial overreach and a lack of judicial restraint.

Amongst its many clauses The Patient protection and Affordable care act controversially requires all Americans to ensure they have insurance coverage or face legal action. This would in effect criminalize a failure to buy private insurance and is something that a lot of people are extremely uncomfortable mandating by law. Less controversial are clauses that require insurance companies to insure people with pre existing conditions, something they previously did not do, making it possible for many more people to get access to much needed healthcare.

Many Americans along with the Republicans feel that making it a crime to be uninsured is too harsh as it is usually the unemployed or people who work at smaller low paying jobs who find themselves without insurance. They often have a tough time making ends meet and forcing them to buy expensive insurance is not something that many people see as a good solution to America’s heath care woes.

It is expected that the Supreme Court will probably reject the clause that makes it mandatory for individuals to buy insurance, adversely impacting the remaining Act as this will mean that there will be no incentive for healthy people to buy insurance making it prohibitively expensive for insurance firms to insure the ailing without the cost offset offered by the healthy.

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