Monday, March 22, 2010

health care

Now let's hope the hysteria dies down a bit, and that the 40 states planning to sue the Fed over health care reform don't get their cases to the Supreme Court for Roberts, Alito, Thomas, Scalia, and Kennedy to rip the new rules to shreds. "Make insurance companies pay for procedures which keep people well? Hell no! Corporations are people too!"

I am not at all pleased with much of this patchwork mess of ways to force people to purchase health insurance from private tyrannies, but at least we have pre-existing condition improvements and other small victories. Hopefully this lays the groundwork for a big improvement down the line, instead of a Republican swamp in November resulting in everything being overturned.

We could have had a public option with a little more balls on the part of Reid, Pelosi, and Obama. So close! Oh well. Take what you can get out of Washington these days.


Silenus said...

I doubt the Supreme Court will ever hear this. Even Scalia accepts that the Congress can regulate industry under it's Article I power to regulate commerce. Only Thomas disagrees with that as far as we know - Alito and Roberts are unknowns. I assume that these lawsuits will be arguing something along the line of Congress exceeding its powers and I don't think those arguments will gain any traction. After all, if Congress doesn't have the power to regulate commerce, then it won't be able to outlaw abortion when the Supremes overturn Roe V. Wade (conservatives won't cut themselves off at the legs ). We'll see how they come up with though.

The "repeal" talk is bunk too. 2/3rd majority? Give me a break. 53% of the country supports the bill.

I agree with your assessment of the bill itself - it's way too small and it doesn't control costs. It might have been all that was possible though. The elimination of some of the most sinister insurance company practices was worth all the efforts.

Casey said...

Silenus is right on in terms of the repeal calculus.

And yes, Geoff, this is a major handout for private insurance companies. They get to expand their roste of customers while simultaneously lowering their risk, cuz a majority of those coming into the system via the mandatory coverage rules will be fit as fiddles. And there's nothing preventing them from raising premiums.

We get a pre-ex ban and more folks get access to insurance at theoretically affordable rates. (We'll see if that's true when the insurance exchanges are implemented.)

The fact that younger people will be able to stay on their parents' plans until age 26 is good, too, considering that high school and college grads will be entering a decimated jobs market.

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