Obamacare sounds good on paper. Health care for all. What parent doesn’t agree that that sounds great, especially when we consider our children?
But, the details of how it works are where it gets a little sticky. Because of one of those details, Obamacare suffered a setback this week.
A Virginia court ruled that one of the key components of Obamacare is unconstitutional. Requiring all Americans to purchase insurance or to pay a penalty is the part that rubbed the court the wrong way. Federal district court judge Henry Hudson “declared that the so-called individual mandate exceeds the authority granted to Congress under the Commerce Clause.”
In plain English? Congress cannot force Americans to buy a product, even when that product is health insurance.
In addition to the Virginia case, there are more than twenty state attorney generals suing in Federal Court in Florida, too.
It’s possible that these cases will make their way to the Supreme Court. If part of Obamacare is ruled unconstitutional, will it all fall apart?
What do you think of Obamacare? Is it a good way to make sure all Americans have insurance or does it need to be fixed?