Supreme Fight Update:
The government lawyers are making the argument that healthcare is a unique market, and that citizens can be compelled by the government to buy a product, because inaction (not buying a product) is an economic decision. Their example - one never knows when one may be in need of emergency medical care, and one could walk on the bill (or not be able to afford it) after treatment is given - as many do. Therefore, by not having insurance, the price for individuals is higher than it should be, because some individuals are not paying.
Therefore, everybody is already engaged in the system (by using it at some time), the government (since it is already involved in Medicare and Medicaid) just wants to collect money from everybody in the form of insurance (which can be to a private company...as long as they still exist).
This ignores the person, I'll call him Mr. Freeman, who pays cash as he goes. Sure, Mr. Freeman enters the market, but he is allowed to exit it, and it is possible that his costs (on a as-needed bases, without insurance) will be below what the government wants to charge him every month, all the time.
Haven't we all been there? I pay over $500 a month for my medical insurance. In reviewing my taxes, my out-of-pocket medical bills last year (I cover 8 people!) were a few hundred dollars. I could have saved the $6,000 I paid in premiums, and been on top. The last two years, I could have saved over $12,000. For me, it is not worth the risk. Yesterday, the littlest Bannon boy had surgery - I'm sure just the anesthesiologist cost more than $6,000. But for millions of Americans (and me for years after college) - the FREEDOM to choose when to pay, their economic freedom, must be preserved.
I am 98% sure, based on the questions the Supremes asked (which were the same questions the 11th and 4th Circuit Court's already asked), that they EASILY recognized the unconstitutionality of this. The scary part, is that some do not.
- Forcing insurance companies to cover 'children' until they are 26 years old
- Forcing employers to offer health insurance (of course, they could offer ridiculous insurance, or 100% employee funded insurance)
- Unequal Protection in the form of waivers granted to some and not others