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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Healthcare Mandate

Jonathan Cohn:

I’ve waited more than two years to write this sentence: The Affordable Care Act is here to stay. It survived the Supreme Court and now it has survived the threat of a unified Republican government determined to repeal it. Implementation of the law will present huge challenges, but, for the first time in a long while, the administration and its allies can focus on those challenges rather than on rearguard political fights to keep the program alive.

That's the biggest takeaway from this election for me: when presented with 2 stark choices, with 1 side preserving Medicare as we know it and expanding health coverage through Obamacare, and the other promising to repeal Obamacare and destroy Medicare in favor of Vouchercare, the People collectively opted to retain the president and reward the Democrats with more seats in each legislative chamber.  Sounds like a ratification of Obama/Dem policies.  

It struck me as not unlike how we require an intervening Congress before pay raises kick in, how VT holds an election before an amendment can be finally passed by the Legislature and sent to the People, and how policies accepted for a long time are generally thought to be legitimate.  We don't weigh in on every detail of governance on a daily basis, and there are constellations of reasons why the electorate chooses a particular direction.  Yet when the voters essentially say that they're more or less happy with the current arrangement (albeit with a few tweaks), that's a mandate to stay on the path.

At this point, all "four branches" of government have deemed Obamacare constitutional and a Good Thing.  Congress passed it, Obama signed it, SCOTUS upheld it, and the People re-elected its architects.

Now let's just implement the damned thing and move forward...


November 7, 2012 in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink


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