The United States Supreme Court has, for the second time in three years, stepped in and saved the Affordable Care Act from destruction by its political opponents. Yesterday's 6-3 vote prevented what would have been a sudden loss of insurance for millions of struggling Americans.
The Court has upheld the constitutionality of the law not once, but twice, and Congress, though attempting to repeal the law more than fifty times, has been unable to do so. Somewhere, somehow, somebody ought to be getting the message that this is a good law, one which is meant to survive.
But there is a strong conservative element in our country which opposes what many term the "nanny state." Those folks, all white and powerful, made their money the old fashioned way, by working for it, and by God anybody else should be able to do the same in this great land of opportunity. Of course, many of the entrenched wealthy who spout that drivel inherited far more money than they ever earned, and some, like the Bush family for instance, are living off of money and entitlement that goes back multiple generations.
In America just a handful of people control most of the wealth, so while it may be easy to point the finger and lecture others on the work ethic, most of the available jobs pay minimum wage or less and have no health insurance component. A great many people in our country work multiple jobs and are still unable to make ends meet - much less be able to afford luxuries like health insurance. So if the super-rich won't share their wealth through paying livable wages and behaving in a socially responsible manner, government is morally obligated to fill the gap.
Those squawking the loudest about the abuses of the nanny state are the ones ultimately responsible for its necessity. It would be nice if we lived in a land where everyone was born with some measure of equal opportunity, but race and the unequal distribution of wealth seem to have put that noble concept on hold.
Having health insurance is a basic human right. Many thanks to the six justices of the U.S. Supreme Court who adhered to that principal and voted their humanity.