Today, the Supreme Court issued a ruling upholding President Obama’s Affordable Care Act from March of 2010- ensuring the possibility of health care insurance coverage for all Americans, regardless of income, health status or (in fact) gender.
While this Act received support from both Democrats and Republicans, there was enough momentum from those who’d rather see corporate interests served (The Tea Party) than the needs of individual citizens.
Here’s a rundown on what this means to you and I, from the man himself (video courtesy of MSNBC):
There are still those who argue the point – namely Republican Senator Rand Paul, who had this to say:
Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional.
Actually, Senator, it does make it so. That’s the entire point of the Supreme Court – to interpret the constitution and to be the last word on whether or not something is “constitutional” – in fact that’s what they all pledge to do. High school students learn this about the Supreme Court, even if they learn nothing else.
Even ultra-conservative John Roberts, Chief Justice appointed by George W. Bush, voted to uphold the Affordable Care Act.
Can we move on now? Or will Progressives always have to wait for the slow kids in class to catch up?