Remember meForgot password?
    Log in with Twitter

article imageSecret closed-door U.S. Supreme Court meeting on Obama Healthcare

By Nancy Houser     Mar 31, 2012 in Politics
On March 30, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court held a secret conference regarding the Obama healthcare overhaul law, or the Affordable Care Act, discussing behind closed doors how they will rule on the healthcare case.
With confidentiality drilled into all employees of the U.S. Supreme Court from day one, there has been no leaks from law clerks as they have been sworn to secrecy. The only ones who know their formal opinions are the nine justices and their law clerks who will write it up and announce it from the bench in late June, four months before presidential elections in which Obama is seeking a second term. June is when the court will enter its regular summer recess.
Now in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court and at the core of fierce Congress battles, the Obama Healthcare Bill is divided between five conservative justices, nominated by Republican presidents, and four justices, nominated by Democratic presidents.
What is at stake is whether the elements of the Obama healthcare bill is constitutional, including the mandate that every U.S. American obtains health insurance or pay a penalty, beginning in 2014. According to the Boston Globe, there have been advantages from President Obama's healthcare program, regardless of the difficulty from the other political side:
* Millions of young people now have insurance because they are allowed to stay on their parents’ health plans until they are 26.
* Young people are now getting preventive care that they didn't have before.
* Seniors enrolled in Medicare are paying less for prescription drugs.
* People are receiving preventative care they did not get before.
* Sickly Americans can no longer be denied health coverage when they need it the most.
On March 30, 2012, Republican Senate hopeful John Brunner praised the Obama Healthcare plan in a forum he was attending with other GOP rivals, according to Political Fix.
"There are 'certain attributes that are good in this plan,' Brunner said at a downtown event sponsored by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association. " Brunner suggested he liked "portability" and the portion that allows young adults to remain on their parent's coverage.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, "The clash of ideas at the core of the Supreme Court debate over Obama’s health-care law is as old as the nation itself, and the spirit of the Founders was present before the assembled justices."
Unknown diseases and uninsured citizens were not as rampid then as they are now. A survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of 100,000 Americans found that one in six Americans were without health insurance, with most of them children and laborers. They are forced to rely on public insurance or no insurance, leading to early deaths and many days off from illness.
According to the Sacramento Bee, "However U.S. Supreme Court justices rule on the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, one thing is clear. The oral arguments revealed little understanding of the 49.9 million Americans who lack insurance, and why they are uninsured."
One of the justices who has been labeled as the most callous regarding the uninsured is Justice Antonin Scalia, who has dismissed the issue of young adults who don't have health insurance. He said, "When they think they have a substantial risk of incurring high medical bills, they'll buy insurance like the rest of us."
However, contrary to Scalia's opinion, the Commonwealth Fund states that when health insurance is affordable and available, young adults enroll at rates similar to older Americans.
The Sacramento Bee article says, "It is clear that Roberts and Kennedy will be the swing votes determining the outcome of this case. While at times they have appeared as confused as the others by the health care market, they do at least understand the basic problem that Congress was attempting to remedy: The one in six Americans without insurance not only bear the stress and burden of lacking good health care, they impose costs on everyone else – taxpayers, hospitals and the insured."
More about Secret, closeddoor, US Supreme Court, Meeting, Obama Healthcare
Latest News
Top News