Thursday, June 28, 2012

For the first and probably last time...

US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has issued an opinion that is positive and life enhancing.

In case you've been under a rock today, the Supreme Court Lets Health Law Largely Stand.

I hear you say "But Lady, you're Canadian! Why the hell do you care?"

The answer is very, very simple, but multi-part.

1. I believe that health care is a basic human right and the state should provide it as an investment in the infrastructure of the nation; the same as they invest in roads, sewers, public education and the military. A healthy populace makes for a strong and healthy workforce and a robust economy.

2. I have friends who have health insurance or are not in fear of losing the health insurance they already have because of the provisions in the ACA that have already come into effect.

3. Because the biggest potential obstacle, besides the Department of Homeland Security, keeping my husband and I from making plans for the future in the US was the availability of affordable healthcare for someone with a chronic, incurable illness (if I could have qualified for insurance in the first place).  We can now feel free to make more concrete plans for a few years down the road, and that brings me peace of mind.

So it's not universal single payer, but it is something closer than what was available a couple of years ago. The ACA should be fully implemented by the time we are looking to move and not having the question of healthcare affordability hanging over our future choices makes the plan all the more feasible.

So thanks SCOTUS. This Canadienne owes you one.

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1 comment:

  1. :D Ya!

    Have you two thought about places in the US you may settle?