John Roberts must have realized how he would be perceived in the history books because he voted with the liberal branch of SCOTUS and now there is no doubt that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. The one exception was the provision expanding Medicaid. It is up to the states on how they will, or will not, implement this provision. Because I was a trifle confused over this I went to my search engine and found the following explanation.
provision in question expands eligibility for Medicaid to all people
under the age of 65 who live below 133 percent of the poverty line, according to Bloomberg. If states did not comply with extending Medicaid, the provision threatened them with withdrawing all Medicaid funding.
The court ruled that states which do not expand eligibility will only
have to forgo federal funds which are meant for the expansion, not all
The SCOTUS blog said,
"On that question, the Court held that the provision is constitutional
as long as states would only lose new funds if they didn't comply with
the new requirements, rather than all of their funding."
Essentially, the justices voted to leave it up to states on whether
they wanted to participate in the Medicaid expansion program, said PBS NewsHour.
More on GlobalPost:
"About half of the people who are expected to gain coverage under the
Affordable Care Act gain it through the Medicaid program," said Alan
Weil, the executive director of the National Academy for State Health
Policy, according to NPR. "So this is not a small change to Medicaid, and it's also not a small part of the Affordable Care Act.
The Medicaid provision of the law would expand health care to an estimated 17 million more people over the next 10 years, according to NPR
The right wing have wasted no time preparing to repeal the act. I just got a robo-call telling me how ACA was going to bankrupt the nation. At that point I hung up so I don't know what other lies it contained. Strange, the Republicans are the only ones in my city using robo-calls, but I have gotten 5 telling me how great Romney is. Grrrrr!!! I take a small amount of pleasure hanging up on them. The PAC money is in full swing. Thank you Karl Rove (not).
After the election we must all start working to improve ACA and fight for a single payer system. The bloated insurance companies have no business in health care and the only way to reverse the monetary health care crisis the country is suffering from is to get rid of them and their rapidly rising premiums. Too many people will still be left without insurance until a single payer system is enacted.
After Scalia's disgusting rant we must elect Obama again for two very important reasons. Romney has vowed to repeal ACA. This must not happen. And the next president will probably get to nominate 2 new Justices. We must not have any more Allitos, Thomas or Scalias on the court.