The U.S. Supreme Court said today it would hear the appeal of a lawsuit aiming to kill Obamacare once and for all.
The court likely won’t make a decision until after the election. Democrats in the House and elsewhere had hoped for a decision earlier, given the rising popularity of the Affordable Care Act, the millions helped by it and the lives saved.
Arkansas footnote: Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has issued a news release braying about her participation in the case to kill the Affordable Care Act.
How can that be you ask? A state official wanting to kill the expansion of medical care coverage to 300,000 in her state alone; coverage of pre-existing conditions; expansion of family coverage; emphasis on preventive care and coverage of birth control? (And maybe coverage of the cost of vaccinations, which could become a BIG deal if a vaccine is developed for coronavirus.)
Her prepared statement said:
“I have long argued the individual mandate is unconstitutional, and it’s time the Supreme Court finally addresses it,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Once the Affordable Care Act with its unconstitutional mandate are behind us, time will come for Congress to move forward and create a comprehensive healthcare law that will work with states and provide coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.”
Uh-huh. Not without Barack Obama and a House and Senate controlled by Democrats. See the alternatives floated by Republicans already — they’d effectively end coverage for pre-existing conditions, not to mention reduce government spending on health care for the needy.
And how many would die while Congress moves ever so expeditiously to a better solution?