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Boon for Biz: Healthcare Mandate Upheld

“Chief Justice Roberts sides with the left”   says the liveblog of the SCOTUS from HuffingtonPost. They’ve upheld the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act. It is being treated as a tax by the courts – that is the interpretation. There is a provision of a sort of state’s rights caveat, but conservatives may be disappointed and shocked, especially with Roberts. What is being parsed here is one of the factions of the conservative movement.

The Official Opinion on the ACA Act:http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-393c3a2.pdf

“The Left” liked the mandate because they are empathetic to all, Roberts liked it – more likely – because it goes a long way in marrying private interests with government requirements in which the values responsible are questionable.

The values of the ACA supporters are up for debate, but the values behind for profit health care are not. If the legislature and court are going to uphold the idea that the government can tax and require Americans to buy a product or service, the least they could do is insure that service has Americans best interest in mind – not theirs. This decision is a victory for empathy among the people but also for Big Business related to the the health care industry. It’s a blow for individual choice but a victory for a sense of a shared human (American) condition.

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Profitizing Health

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is being debated in the Supreme Court today, the question is – as always with the Supremes – constitutionality. This specific issue is around requiring individuals to purchase health insurance for themselves, the other issues depend on the answer to this question. I get the feeling that it is going to stand, but my progressive leanings are very “out to lunch” around this whole issue. This is Obama’s crowning achievement, and still the case has not really been made for the American people. I do believe healthcare should be a right for all Americans – the richest nation in the world has a stated mission of sharing life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness among all of it’s people; those are all impossible goals to try for if you don’t have your health.

Wade into the health insurance discussion and get ready for some facts…oh, I’m not providing them, I’m just saying there are a lot of them. Progressives loove to do their homework, fact check it, and then bring the details to the “fight”. This is how progressives approach most problems, they try to find some sort of backing before feeling empowered to participate. This is all wrong. You can “win” an argument with facts and figures, but you can’t win over people with those facts and figures…unless you’ve already done the hard part – framed it your way. Facts and figures act as annoying clutter until you can actually connect with the person on an emotional level.
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