After failing to stop the health reform bill from passing in the first place, some opponents have taken to challenging the constitutionality of the law in court. Yesterday’s ruling in Virginia (by a judge who is said to have a long history of Republican politics) found the requirement to purchase insurance to be beyond the reach of the federal government. But, two other judges – one in Michigan and another also in Virginia – have rejected the challenges, finding the requirement to be constitutional and very much within the powers of the federal government.
Despite the hang-ups, the need for serious changes to our health care system remains. If others want to split hairs on whether or not the government should be allowed to require people to buy insurance, and help them pay for it, so that they don’t have to rely on charity care or lose their home when their medical bills force them in to bankruptcy is besides the point.
The truth is that this health reform bill is the first and most important step towards making a health care system that actually works for everyone – regardless of your income or line of work. There are many who fear losing profits, losing power, or losing face who will continue to oppose this law. So, it is important for us to stand up for what is right and continue to voice our support for the Affordable Care Act. This fight is not over!