Ed Stein

Ed Stein
Denver, Colorado, USA
November 22
Former editorial cartoonist for the Rocky Mountain News. Creator of Freshly Squeezed, a comic strip about family togetherness after the economic collapse, syndicated by Universal Uclick


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MARCH 29, 2012 6:24PM


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The Supremes seem poised to rule against the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate that everyone buy health insurance. Big surprise there, from a radically right-wing activist court, with the five justice majority willing willing to twist themselves into pretzels to achieve the desired outcome. What they will leave is a broken ┬áhealth care system that’s only going to get more expensive and leave more Americans subject to the whims of the insurance industry, with no resolution in sight from a broken Congress. The irony here is that the central tenets of Obamacare, the individual mandate coupled with a requirement that insurance companies insure anyone who applies, was an idea originally floated by the ultra-conservative Heritage Foundation and supported by many of the Republicans who now find it, since it’s a Democrat proposing it, an unacceptable governmental intrusion. It’s too bad that Dubya wasn’t the author of the ACA; the Court would have had no problem with it then. To recap: the administration’s argument, one that most constitutional scholars appear to agree with, is that everyone will need health care at one point or another, and therefore is already involved in health care commerce, whether he or she buys insurance or not. In reality, if you fail to buy insurance, you are still indulging in health care commerce. And your failure to be insured will require ┬áthe rest of us to pay a portion of your health care expenses when, inevitably, you need those services. Clearly, this falls under the Commerce Clause. The Court, over the years, has always shown deference to Congress when the Commerce Clause has been invoked as a basis for legislation. The extremist Roberts Court, as we’ve already seen, has little respect for precedent and is in no mood to defer to a Democratic Congress. The fix is in, as we should have expected.

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Ed,from childhood I understood more out of cartoons than out of books and I read cartoon books until now.And this is the situation here.I understood a totally unfamiliar to me issue,just by your work.Thank you for that.Best regards.