A federal appeals panel struck down the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care overhaul Friday, moving the argument over whether Americans can be required to buy health insurance a step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The divided three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded Congress overstepped its authority when lawmakers passed the so-called individual mandate, the first such decision by a federal appeals court. It’s a stinging blow to Obama’s signature legislative achievement, as most experts agree the requirement that Americans carry health insurance – or face tax penalties – is the foundation for other parts of the law.
White House adviser Stephanie Cutter said that individuals who choose to go without health insurance are making an economic decision that affects all – when people without insurance obtain health care they cannot pay for, those with insurance and taxpayers are often left to pick up the tab.
That is very true but then there would be many forced to buy private health insurance who can hardly afford it and still are not poor enough to qualify for subsidies. Although I sympathize with the concept of universal health insurance, I believe this piece of legislation made the wrong turn when the public option was left out.
I tend to think that the best approach toward universal health care is step-wise rather than a massive law.
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