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?
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.