I have to admit…

June 28, 2012 at 12:39 PM (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

surprise and shock regarding the SCOTUS decision today.

The Affordable Care Act has been declared constitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States.

By Chief Justice Roberts, (hardly a liberal guy), voting with the non-conservatives on the court.

I thank the Solicitor General, accused of ineffective oral arguments…perhaps not.

On the ground it will mean some open doors for access and coverage that do not exist today.

I thank whomever wrote, spoke, blogged, tweeted about this.

A standout: Eve Gittleson New York Healthcare activist.

I thank those in the  left of center media all during the healthcare debate who kept this in the spotlight.: Rachel Maddow, Laurence O’Donnell, some of the time…and yes, even though it’s become  quite unfashionable to praise him now, but Keith Olbermann as well, darnit.

I thank the legislators who worked on keeping this alive.

I thank our Vice President and President for championing this and making it “A Big ___ Deal.

And yeah, I thank the transparent machinations of the insurance lobby too.  To get so many more customers that they can now jack up rates on.

Because we saw that,and we aren’t buying any protestations of noble motives from insurance company boardrooms.  Play nice boys…if you don’t you’re just kicking the can towards Medicare for All…

And the long slow work toward this by the late Senator Edward Kennedy.

And most of all, I thank Wendell Potter, a former private insurance employee who saw how wrong it was that folk had to seek medical care in a barn, and moved to change that.

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