Friday, June 29, 2012

Today In History

June 28, 2012 will go down as an important day in history. Here we are at the start of a tremendous, perhaps record drought in the United States and our eyes were turned to the Supreme Court.

Most people I talk to are stunned or shocked. Some think our country as we knew it is gone. One friend thinks Justice Roberts has been tempted by the devil himself. Others think the stance he took was brilliant.

No matter which one is right, yesterday will go down in history, no doubt. One doctor told me this morning that the ruling basically raises medical employees salary by $2.00 per hour. We will all pay that.

"What does the ruling mean to me?

The Supreme Court decision upholding President Barack Obama’s health care law affects nearly every American. The law tells almost everyone they must have health coverage and guarantees it will be available to them even if they are already ill or need hugely expensive care. It helps the poor and many middle-class people afford coverage.

What the justices said: The high court upheld almost all of the law, including the most disputed part — the mandate that virtually all Americans have health insurance or pay a fine. The court said that fine is essentially a tax, and that is why the government has the power to impose it.

The ruling limited the law’s plan to expand the Medicaid insurance program for the poor, a joint effort of the federal government and states. It says the U.S. government can’t withhold a state’s entire Medicaid allotment if it doesn’t participate in the expansion.

Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s four liberal justices — Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor — to form the 5-4 majority."

Yesterday's ruling has huge implications for our future. What we do in America does affect the entire world in one way or another.

I have no idea how this will all shake out, but I think you have to agree June 28, 2012 will go down in history as a day of great change in the United States of America.


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