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Supreme Court Ruling June 28

by on 06/28/2012

Joan Stallard and Kristin outside the Supreme Court at the announcement of the Health Care ruling, June 28, 2012““““““““

Today, Thursday, June 28th, the Supreme Court handed down its decision on the Affordable Care Act (the complete title is “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 2010”), which President Obama signed into law on March 23, 2010. Joan Stallard and Kristin Hedges were at the Supreme Court this morning waiting for the decision and demonstrating in favor of “Medicare for All” amongst the throngs of people and the press.

The Court’s decision upheld most of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. For those of us who have been waiting for years for progress towards a better health care system for all, this was a moment of vindication, and celebratory yells went out from a large part of the crowd.

After the Court’s decision was announced, Joan gave multiple interviews to the press, explaining that although the Affordable Care Act does not go far enough in giving every American health care security, it is a first step.

Joan expressed her satisfaction to the press that the Court has handed down a principled decision, not one dictated by political prejudice or pressure. But Congress now needs to do more, needs to provide truly universal health care for all. Here are some of the reasons why: Under the present private insurance system, there is a 26% combined overhead cost and profit margin, which is too inefficient, when compared, for example, with Medicare where this percentage is just 6%.  Furthermore, in the private health care system that we have been operating under in this country, thousands of people who actually have insurance, have not gotten proper coverage. This is because too often, legitimate health care claims for treatment have been denied under pressure of health care administrators trying to enhance the profitability of the health care companies. The Affordable Care Act does not do enough to correct these problems.

Joan related in her press interviews, that she gets excellent service under Medicare, which she became eligible for when she turned 65, and that what we need in this country is Medicare for everyone. This could very simply be accomplished with the 65 age precondition removed. To pay for universal Medicare, everyone who can should begin paying into the system so that it can be there when they need for it and so they can receive wellness services. The Affordable Care Act does, correctly, provide for mandatory purchase of health care insurance. This is needed because in the past, people who have been going uninsured have been getting free treatment at hospitals when they fall ill, which increases the premiums of health coverage for the rest of us.

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