I have a new monthly column at Connecticut Health I-Team. You can read it here.
And thanks, DickG., for the link.
And with that, I bid you a fond see-you-later. Have a great weekend and see you back here on Monday.
And thanks, Sharon H.
Why, here‘s a handy-dandy list!
And you’re welcome.
Leftover sends Robert Weissman’s response to the Supreme Court’s decision last week. Weissman writes:
In upholding most of the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court lets stand legislation that offers some important benefits, but only to a portion of those who are uninsured, and will predictably fail to solve our nation’s health care crisis.
However the health reform law ultimately plays out, we know two things for certain: Tens of millions of Americans will remain uncovered as will tens of millions of under-insured who will remain at risk of financial ruin if a major illness strikes; and it will leave the private health insurance and pharmaceutical industries in charge of prices and life-and-death treatment decisions.
There is a single solution to the challenges of providing coverage to the 50 million who are uninsured that would curb out-of-control health care costs and provide a humane standard of care to all who enter the medical system. That solution is an improved Medicare-for-All, single-payer system.
Because some people loaded up on Twitter their desire to go to our neighbors to the north. Do they know about the health care there? Should we tell them?
Meanwhile, I’m going to miss this guy in spades:
(This one’s from 1857, the Dred Scott decision.)
You can read more here.
We can parse this throughout the day, but the Supreme Court just shared their decision on Obamacare and, roughly speaking, they:
- Upheld the individual mandate (and Chief Justice John Roberts, who was expected to rule against it, did not).
- Ruled that the Medicaid provision is limited, but not invalidated.
- For the most part, upheld the Affordable Care Act.
There’s more, but I invite you to be careful if you’re following Twitter as the reports are all over the map. (As I’m watching C-SPAN I’m listening a woman shout into a microphone that “This. Is. Not. Over.” Good enough.)
Regardless, some 26 million Americans remain uninsured.
Onward, to a brighter tomorrow.
Or, as Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite asks in the Washington Post:
Will the Supreme Court ruling on health care violate Jesus’s teaching? She writes:
The “Good Samaritan,” in a well-known story told by Jesus (Luke 10:25-37), is the person who stops and cares for an injured man left by the side of the road. In this teaching, Jesus tells how the privileged of his society had callously walked by the injured man, ignoring the man’s urgent need for care. It is the “Samaritan,” someone who would have been a despised outsider in Jesus’s time, who actually stops and cares for the man, paying for his care.
It is not enough for me as a Christian, and a person of faith, to do this as an individual. It is my responsibility to call my society to be decent to the sick, and pay for their health care. It is a matter of moral accountability to my fellow citizens.
If the Supreme Court overturns even part of the Affordable Care Act, what is often called “Obamacare,” 50 million Americans will continue to be without health care, and it is likely that Americans who are barely able to afford health care coverage now will have to pay more and risk losing coverage.
A lot of punditry is framing this decision as a make-or-break move for Pres. Obama’s re-election bid. That may be the case, but more importantly, this decision is make-or-break for a lot of people who desperately need health care.
While we’re waiting, here‘s a timeline of the health care law from CNN.
And thanks, Jennifer, for the link.