The Supreme Court Reviews Historic Healthcare Overhaul Provisions
President Obama was elected, in part, on his promise to overhaul the healthcare system in the United States. Two years ago, in an historic moment, the overhaul became law known as ObamaCare. Today, the Supreme Court is reviewing ObamaCare, or rather certain provisions of ObamaCare to determine whether or not the overhaul provisions stand up to the Constitutional rigor. What the Supreme Court determines will either tear apart the law or cement its place in history.
The debate at stake is whether the Federal Government has the right to regulate health care as Interstate Commerce. Opponents say that there is no interstate commerce to be regulated while proponents hold the position that the uninsured who are required to be treated in the Emergency Rooms trigger interstate commerce by having the costs associated with their care transferred to the insured. At issue is the “minimum coverage” provision requiring everyone to have insurance. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli defended the minimum coverage provision by stating that “Congress found that the cost of tens of billions of dollars in uncompensated care provided to the uninsured is passed on to insured consumers, raising average annual family premiums by more than $1000.”
Regardless of where you stand on the issue, all eyes will be on the Supreme Court until it’s ruling is published.