So far, it’s only bulletins, and responsible news agencies are waiting until they’ve actually read and absorbed it all, as indicated by this notice from The New York Times:
The Supreme Court has ruled on President Obama’s health-care overhaul, and Times reporters and editors are analyzing the decision. Once we are comfortable with its basic meaning, you can expect a torrent of coverage.
But what we have is this: The mandate is upheld, and apparently the rest of the law, except a provision whereby the federal government would dictate to the states what they may do with Medicaid.
It was a 5-4 decision, with Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Alito and Thomas dissenting.
Of course, it should have been 9-0, as the notion that the mandate was unconstitutional was never founded in reality.
If you want to read the decision yourself, here it is.
So here’s the good news: The Constitution, thank goodness, does not stand as a bar to health care reform in this country (a mandate, or some means for getting everyone into the system, being essential to any kind of actual solution).
Obamacare falls far short of being the reform we need (which is single-payer, of course), but at least the pathway is open to real reform as we go forward. And this law is a start.
We can all be thankful for that. And we should be. Many won’t, of course, and that’s a terrible shame, as it is the measure of how terribly divided we are as a country. But at least the hope of a sensible health care system was not destroyed today, whether everyone understands that or not.