Thursday, June 25, 2015
For All Time
I cannot thank Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Kennedy, the two more conservative justices, enough for doing the right thing handing down a 6/3 decision to uphold the ACA a/k/a Obamacare. It is not an easy thing to step outside of one’s zone of political comfort. I laud them for that.
I have been critical, I admit, of what I saw as the conservative bent to the court that made it, in my opinion, an advocate for the very very rich. I thought it did a great disservice to our nation’s humanity and had its worst effects on the poorest among us. I have changed my opinion of the Court somewhat today and, indeed, apologize for any less than judicious comments I have made on a variety of issues in the past through the technological miracle of our time, the Internet , that sent my opinion many times to SCOTUS itself.
I still feel the same about the issues but because of the bravery, ethical purpose and humanity of most especially Justice Kennedy and Chief Justice Roberts, I can say that my views of the Court have been , to a degree, altered this day. All the Justices who voted to uphold the ACA have made me proud to be American, proud of a system that can get it right on issues that can help those who, through no fault of their own, cannot help themselves to get the healthcare they so desperately need. The Justices’ decision today upholding Obamacare will save many liv es.
Our system, one of checks and balances, our Founders got right centuries ago works. From Marbury v. Madison in 1803 to King v. Burwell in 2015, a span of more than two centuries, our Founders gave the third branch of our system, the Court, permission to decide our most contentious issues.
Societies change and the Court can change too ensuring our nation become fairer and more just. That it can do this is the beauty of our nation that shines in Lady Liberty's lamp as an example it sets for all nations for all time.