SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES (SCOTUS) RULING IS EASY
CONGRESS HAS THE HARD JOB: Agreeing on Free Market Freedom and Personal Responsibility
By Craig M. Wax DO
The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has its work cut out for it on King versus Burwell case. It is an open and shut case against the “patient protection and affordable care act,” PPACA or ACA, also known as Obamacare. The law was written such that if states didn’t set up their own insurance plan “exchange,” government ruled “marketplace,” by definition, the law states their enrollees were not to be eligible for subsidies to purchase the new comprehensive expensive plans. Thirty-eight states declined to set up their own exchanges, but the federal government intervened, and superimposed the “federal marketplace,” on them and gave their enrollees taxpayer funded subsidies anyway. This is clearly not what the law says, and is a theft of government collected taxpayer money. The only issue that stands in the Supreme Court’s way is their own consideration of “what happens if the law falls?” That question lies beyond their responsibility. Fortunately, this is not a Supreme Court problem by our government’s design and definition. Their job is simple; interpret the law. The difficult job is left to Congress to deal with any circumstances and situations that result from their actions and the Supreme Court ruling.
The so called “Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare)” was written in a convoluted way to deceive the congressional budget office and the tax paying citizens of the United States. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) consultant Jonathan Gruber proved that with his brazen video declarations on the Internet, unearthed by Rich Weinstein.
By the time most of the ACA had taken effect in January 2015, three fundamental declarations made by President Obama were proven to be outright lies, including: “If you like your health insurance, you can keep it…you can also keep your doctor…and your family will save at least $2500 per year.” The law has been changed over two dozen times by the president and other entities that are not allowed to change or make laws. ACA/Obamacare must be allowed to crumble into pieces or be fully repealed.
Failed laws and government policies never seem to be repealed after their overt failure. Daylight savings time has instituted by the US government each year for the last century is one such example. There are more heart attacks, strokes, motor vehicle accidents, lost wages and other maladies that occur due to the artificial shift in our sleep, mandated by government time changes twice a year. Still, no government department lifts a finger to remove it. As Milton Friedman said, “Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.”
The best option is a solution that allows patients to choose from physicians, hospitals, and insurance companies that all compete in a free, unfettered market. Personal health involves each individual’s priorities, morals and daily choices. The federal government and so called, “stakeholders,” of hospital health systems, insurance companies, big business, has no place at the table. Patients and their choice of caregiver are the true stakeholders here. Patients must be made responsible as individuals for their own choices, independent of all other factors. They can shop for the care they need and want, and bargain for prices that they are willing and able to pay. This is the only fair way for patients to control their own appetite for needs and services, determined by their own priorities and value systems.