Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Supreme Court will decide fate of 'Obamacare'

     The Supreme Court is set to address the constitutionally of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, a case that will not only strongly affect his re-election prospects, but also the future of the health-care industry in America.

     One issue that is addressed through the reform act is the requirement of health insurance through an individual mandate, which will require nearly all citizens without health insurance to purchase it by the year 2014 or pay a penalty.

     “People that don’t qualify for Medicaid, or covered by their employers is a big issue with our students, the college doesn't offer any discounts and we have students at Valencia with no health insurance,” said Anita Kovalsky assistant nursing program director at Valencia.

     The fundamental question for this issue being does the constitution give congress the right to require individuals to purchase a product such as health insurance, and punish them if they do not.

     If the Supreme Court does rule that this mandate is unconstitutional, this would inevitably end the entire debate, because the individual mandate is a major component of the entire health care reform act.

     Allowing people with pre-existing medical conditions is another primary condition of Obamacare. Individuals that cannot afford insurance, have pre-existing health problems, or classified as ‘free-riders’ are some of the current problems seen in our health case system. 

     Though Obamacare addresses the problems, some consider this an over-reach of government, by being the first time the United States has ever required an individual to purchase something through a congressional act.

     With the majority of our national budget going toward the health care industry, addressing these problems and fixing the health services in America is critical to the stabilization of our economic future, and the quality of health care services provided to everyone now and in the future.

     On Capital Hill and around the nation this has turned into a strong partisan political issue, fundamentally what is a stake can very well be the fate of America as a whole. Through our prolonged economic stability or lack thereof.

By James Tutten

(Published: Oct. 19, 2011 issue of "ValenciaVoice" on page 8.)


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