Archive for March 29th, 2012
So it’s in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court now. We heard the arguments, heard the querulous questions of the Justices (all those old voices), and listened to the hordes of tea-leaf readers. WC, while he has little confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court, has no idea how it is going to turn out.
But between now and a decision late this summer or early next fall – at the earliest – WC will leave you with this quote, from David Frum, over at The Daily Beast. If ACA is held unconstitutional, what next?
In that case, Republicans will need a Plan B. Unfortunately, they wasted the past three years that might have developed one. If the Supreme Court doesn’t rescue them from themselves, they’ll be heading into this election season arguing, in effect,Our plan is to take away the government-mandated insurance of millions of people under age 65, and replace it with nothing. And we’re doing this so as to better protect the government-mandated insurance of people over 65—until we begin to phase out that insurance, too, for everybody now under 55.
In the meantime, we are all in stasis, a stasis we can ill-afford, waiting for the Court’s decision. Well, everyone but the health insurance industry, who doubtless will continue to raise premiums.