Ripples of Healthcare Decision Still Felt

Verdict is still out on impact to election.

By Derek Evans

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as “Obamacare.” The decision was historic because the Supreme Court is largely comprised of justices appointed by a conservative president. The impact of the decision on this year’s presidential election has yet to be seen.

President Barack Obama, at least in several polls, is expected to win. The decision, experts speculate, might not have impacted Obama’s hopes for reelection. Mitt Romney’s chance of defeating the president was also predicted not to be significantly impact his campaign.  Realclearpolitics.com, a news website with an emphasis on politics, reported that Obama’s approval rating rose slightly, which propelled his lead against Romney.

For now, however, the polls remained within the margin of error. Romney will continue to assert the bill, and the decision to uphold it, is detrimental to the country. Romney has glossed over his own version of healthcare reform. “Romneycare,” which was a precursor to “Obamacare.” The biggest shock came as a result of which justices decided to uphold the law.

Chief Justice John Roberts, considered by many to historically vote conservatively, was one of those who voted in the majority to uphold the law. The perception of the Supreme Court is that there are four consistently conservative justices, four consistently liberal justices and a wild card, but in the past has voted more conservatively. This led many to predict that the only way the court would uphold the law was if justice Anthony Kennedy voted with the liberal justices.

His vote however was not need in the majority opinion. Roberts, who was appointed to the court by former President George W. Bush, turned out to be the wild card. The decision, many feel, by Roberts, was strategic. Trust in the court, as well as the other two branches of government, are at an all-time low. Ironically, in 2005, when Roberts was being appointed, then-U.S. Senator Obama voted against Roberts’ appointment to the court.

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