|Could it be that these words still carry some weight? Here's hoping.|
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Less than two weeks ago, I was so convinced that the U.S. Supreme Court would overturn the Affordable Care Act — at the very least, its individual mandate provision, but much more likely, the entire damn thing — that I preemptively warned of the dire consequences of such a ruling and excoriated the justices for doing it.
And, indeed, the four dissenters in Thursday's decision — Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Kennedy — wanted exactly that to happen. Only Roberts' unpredictable move to join the moderate members of the court prevented it. Thank God.
This is a rare instance in which I'm very happy to have been proven wrong.
I won't repeat the particulars of why Obama's health care reform legislation, flawed though it may be, is so historic and so critical to the well-being of this country. I will note, however, that an opposite high court ruling would have been an unmitigated disaster — one that would have assuredly left us to cope with our calamity of a health care system for the foreseeable future, if not forever.
This is not a sensationalized assessment, either.