Supreme Court on ACA

Looks like the Supreme Court decision was just announced. Thoughts?

And my day was getting off to such a great start…

Time to eat more cheeseburgers!

Like ACA Jon Bone?

I’m honestly proud of Chief Justice Roberts…

Kind of suprised the mandate survived after the way the oral arguments went. I was never a supporter of the law, but I’m actually kind of glad it was upheld as we’ll now be able to see which side was correct.

Not to flame or anything, how do you guys exactly get excited about this stuff? My FB newsfeed is full of college kids celebrating.

Those college kids can now use their parents’ insurance until they are 26!

Ok, but anyway, it seems like the most surprising thing about the ruling is that they did not overturn the individual mandate. Even though I think that part is a bit sketchy, the law overall is better (less harmful?) without chopping that part out.

I’d celebrate too if I was a college kid, student loans have a pretty good chance of being forgiven (at least partially) and now they’ll get healthcare for less than they spend on their Xbox Live account every year.

This is good for Romney. Had SCOTUS overturned it he wouldn’t get to run on it.

When Justice Roberts sides with the liberals to create a majority and Justice Kennedy with the conservatives in the minority, there are clearly a bunch of legal issues that are too tricky for me to understand.

It seems like either way, it’s not bad for Romney. If the law had been overturned, he could call Obama a failure. Now, he can campaign against the law, which >50% of US people do not support.

This is a WIN for the United States of America, not just President Obama. After nearly three years of Republican obstructionism, cries of socialism on the right, and billions of money poured into stopping Obama’s signature piece of legislation, we can finally breathe a sigh of relief. I have a new found respect for Chief Justice Roberts, for breaking from the conservative side and allowing logic and reason to advance. While this law is far from perfect, 30 million more Americans will receive coverage, and it will be a good stepping stone to (hopefully) universal/single payer coverage. A great day for the country.

On the other hand, one of Mitt’s signature achievements as governor of Massachussetts was instituting a popular health care law that looks similar in parts to the ACA.

I am genuinely curious as to how he’ll talk about this one.

If I were him, I’d immediately start talking about the 1% income tax hike Pres. Obama implemented on millions of middle income Americans.

That’s a big contradiction in Romney’s platform. The excuse that he has given is that state policy and federal policy are not the same thing, which does not seem like a very strong conceptual defense. Most Romney supporters/opposers of Obamacare seem to just ignore this, however. They mostly care about what Romney says he will do with Obamacare, not what Romney has done himself.


This law will only cause health care expenditures to accellerate at an even faster pace. A college econ student could tell you that adding tens of millions of people to a health care system without expanding the supply of physicians will cause costs to skyrocket. Not to mention the addition of all the pre-existing condition people who are expensive to treat. They’ll raise rates on everybody to cover the additional expenses.

We need to add more training and education spots for med students to get more doctors working. We need to reform malpractice lawsuits.

I’m not exactly a big fan of Romney and it is a bit of a contradiction, but it’s really a stretch to compare a plan implemented in a wealthy state with a population of 6.5 million to the entire USA. Massachusetts doesn’t even have as many people as NYC.

This will likely reduce the supply of physicians, as many physicians have said it will no longer be worth the cost of maintaining a practice. The wait times for a Medicaid patient today are already 2x - 3x longer than those for a privately-insured patient because so few physicians are willing to accept the Medicaid reimbursement rate.

Can somebody plleeessseee explain to me how hospitals/ docters are expected to accommodate an extra 30 to 45 million people?