Supreme Court spoke. Was justice served?

The Supreme Court governs.
The Supreme Court governs.

The United States Supreme Court last week declared gay marriage the law of the land and a right guaranteed by the Constitution.

The question is settled.  If you don’t like it, too bad.  The battle is over.  Move on.

A day earlier, the same court decided that the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is also the law of the land, complete with federal subsidies.

Another question settled.  Move on.

Both decisions, of course, drive Conservatives crazy.  Republicans hate gays (even though many Republicans are gay) and they hate Obamacare.  Republicans, I’ve noticed, spend a lot of time hating things.

Too bad.  The world is passing such things by.  Move on.

There are many more important issues facing America and the world than whether or not those of the same sex can marry each other or is a chance to have affordable health care is possible in a self-centered society.

Gay marriage will keep the self-declared “men (and women) of God” busy with their own interpretations of what it all may or may not be.  The irony, of course, is that all religions are based on beliefs and little provable fact.  There may be a God.  They may not be one.  There may be a heaven.  Or not.

If God exists, he (or she) may be laughing at all the misinterpretations of his (or her) word.

Affordable health care is not a religious issues.  It is one of political belief and/or acquiescence.  The Affordable Health Care Act is something my wife and I support wholeheartedly because, without it, she would not have health insurance today and would not have just had surgery that has corrected many of the problems that have plagued her for years.

Until Obamacare came along, Amy’s medical condition was not insurable because it was “pre-existing.”  That meant having to pay thousands upon thousands privately for treatment.

Obamacare forced insurance companies to insure her at affordable rates and her back  was fixed earlier this year.  She is recovering nicely and we have the Affordable Health Care Act to thank for it.

Others claim the same law that gave my wife needed health insurance cost them insurance they depended upon and could afford.  I’ve investigated some of those claims and found them long on political hyperbole and short on fact but others cases might support such criticisms.  The Affordable Health Care Act is far from perfect and, as we know, perfection is not possible in anything created by Congress.

Which brings up another point.  Is Congress, or the current form of government in the United States, good or bad for the nation?

Winston Churchill once said that “Democracy is the worst form of government…except for all other forms.”

In the United States, democracy as created, and endlessly modified over the years, is a far cry from the concept of “rule of the majority.”  Our elected officials are created by those elected by a minority of those eligible to vote.  Legislation is usually created by loud, and obnoxious, lawmakers who do not represent any actual majority of anything.

Churchill was right:  Democracy is the word form of government but all other forms are worse.

Last week, it took not a group of elected officials but a much smaller group of judges appointed for life by various Presidents of the United States to decide that equality includes gender and not just race.  The same group also decided that Americans who held no chance to have health insurance can keep some even though the controlling legislative bodies in Congress want otherwise.

Was Democracy served?  That depends on the party, philosophy and biases of those who have little role in the outcome.

The laws of the land are now set on two controversial issues but the harping, maneuvering and political gamesmanship will continue.

In such a system, anyone’s life, liberty or property is seldom served as long as Congress is in session or the White House is occupied.

3 Responses to Supreme Court spoke. Was justice served?

  1. I know there are several of you that are happy with the ACA but I am not one of them. Our health insurance pre-ACA from Anthem cost my husband and kids $165.00 monthly. The coverage was far from perfect but covered a regularly scheduled doctor visit (that is extremely important to their health). Since the ACA their insurance has increased to $605.00 monthly and their doctor visit is no longer covered. So we are paying another $200.00 every other month to cover that visit. What ever happened to “you can keep your insurance”? We were satisfied. We do not qualify for a subsidy because I am lucky enough to be offered insurance through my employer. But to add my family to my insurance it would cost me $1400 a month through work. We are drowning in debt now because of the ACA. We cannot afford this new insurance and keep up with our other bills. We will probably soon be without coverage. My husband (who works 3 jobs) and I are hard working Americans and don’t deserve to have to pay the price for everyone else to have coverage. It isn’t fair!

  2. Doug short and quick as possible –
    I thought you knew there is a Lord , proved fully, and yes there is a heaven and hell
    I’m a little surprised that after all you have been through you seem to have doubts ,

    Bible is very clear marriage is between man and woman, and Gay is an abomination which means he hates it, but it is a sin that can be forgiven as any can be .Jesus is the only way to be forgiven and get to heaven .
    Check out what he did to Sodom and Gomora that’s what were turning into, remove the Lord from all schools, goverment, it’s who we are, or I should say were originally

    The insurance (ACA) deal it’s very wrong being forced down insurance companies throats, meaning we all pay for those that as you put it were not insurable .
    everyone always was insurable but it cost a lot more because of the higher risk factor that something bad is going on with them, there always were insurance companies with a no pre-existing clause but it cost a lot so most didn’t do it.
    So our lovely Omamer again said let do somthing– and ACA drove the policy prices of folks with insurance already for years through the roof , my insurance now cost 6 times what it used to 18 months ago, why to pay for all those folks that had no insurance like your Wife, we all divide up the cost for these high claims and we all pay for it .
    Kinda like car insurance other people in your county have lots of wrecks so you all pay more even though you may never have had an accident . ACA is another serious WRONG by our terrible leader. I should not have higher premiums because some folks didn’t look out for the future and provide themselves coverage when younger.
    I’m glad your fixed Amy I really am but we all paid for it, in premium prices being much higher
    What your saying that you like ACA is this is great for me and to heck with everyone else even if it cost them a lot, I have something I could not afford till others were forced to help pay my part. Typical thinking now days isn’t it
    Robert Taylor

    • Robert, as a newsman who looks for facts, not just supposition, and realities, not faith, I have to ask questions about religion. There are holes in the concept of what many believe is a divine entity and a hereafter that, frankly, cannot be proven to any of us until one is dead. As I have said many times, I believe in God. I do not believe in organized religion.

      As for the Affordable Care Act, there are millions of Americans who now have health insurance now who did not have any before. It is working for many. Some feel they were are not served as well now as they were in the past. Is such an assessment of selfishness on my part or a self-centered attitude of others? That is open to question. I do know that the Affordable Care Act provided insurance that was denied to my wife. That is a fact. Others feel the same. Still others do not.

      Sadly, I feel the assessments of both issues are guided more by political agendas and not realities. Judgements are driven by whether or not one is a Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, right or left. Such drivers leave little room for real analysis.

      As a newspaperman, I am a skeptic by nature. I subscribe to the belief that “if you mother says she loves you, confirm it with a second source.” 🙂