On June 28, the Sreme Court ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause, but was justifiable as a tax.
Thus, the mandate was held, making Chief Justice Roberts both a hero and a traitor in the eyes of a politically rifted nation.
Though the Sreme Court never endorsed the idea of Obamacare as a good law, their decision to hold could be a strong factor in influencing how America votes.
But then again, maybe not.
Shortly after the ruling, the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a survey about the Affordable Care Act showing that 41 percent of the nation wasn’t even aware of a Sreme Court ruling.
This one-third margin of voters could be the ones to determine the outcome of the presidential race this fall. The drastic controversy on the issue of health care reform has turned America into a “swing nation.”
Current polls indicate a 50-50 split among voters, despite many people’s ignorance to the implications of the ruling. A CNN poll reports 50 percent are in favor of the Sreme Court’s decision, while 49 percent are against.
This is a reform that will tackle such issues as affordable health care for all, children to age 26 being covered on their parent’s plan, coverage for pre-existing conditions, and insurance companies inability to terminate coverage. Can voters turn a blind eye?
No. This is a policy that will affect each one of the 313 million Americans.
With election day only months away and public opinion so starkly split in regards to the Affordable Care Act, the nation can’t afford any fence-sitters.
Though President Obama has expressed his wish to keep politics out of the Affordable Care Act, the division is clear between those who endorse Obama and those who side with Romney.
With such a large number of people who still remain “undecided” on the issue, it’s time to step and become educated.
Educate yourselves, America, and make a choice.
Each voter must dedicate the time to become informed on the issue of health care, along with other policies held by each presidential candidate.
Voters must form opinions on these topics that will influence their lives greatly in the immediate future, and could affect their taxes for years to come.
Simply having a knowledge that the Sreme Court has ruled Obamacare as constitutional will not stand come election day.
We cannot rely on a serficial and surface-level standing to influence the polls in such a way that will produce a stronger, more secure government.