King V. Burwell: Repeal and…No, just please stop.

Earlier this morning SCOTUS voted in favor of upholding the national tax subsidies provided through the Affordable Care Act with a vote of 6-3.  Can we finally stop trying to dismantle the ACA and spend that seemingly infinite energy on further reforming, dare I say, improving our healthcare system? I stopped keeping count of how many times the House has tried to repeal the law. Additionally, the motto of “repeal and replace” looses its gravitas when: 1) you have nothing to replace it with, 2) its really mix of ego, racism, selfishness so you shut down the government, or 3)the thoughts of transitioning to a universal healthcare system like the rest of the developed world sounds like the ‘S’ word. Not the four letter one, although ironically, for less liberal individuals that works too. SCOTUS’ decision today provides me with hope that we can eventually progress toward a  healthcare system with more CARE in it. If the KING v BURWELL decision took a different route, it would have further denigrated more than 6 million poor Americans. At the end of the day, it comes down to social justice. We cannot put a price tag on lives and we cannot make a business of our healthcare, but we have become so entrenched in a system that does just that. It is dictated by the necessity of insurance companies which often decide the how, what, when, and why of our healthcare delivery. As long as we live in a system like that, we will continue to ostracize the poor, stratify the haves from the have-nots, and perpetuate/create the disparities we so desperately need to eradicate. So yes, it is time to stop trying to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and progress toward a system, err a society, that cares more about helping out human beings instead of fearing that their tax dollars are being “wasted” on saving someone’s life.

Positively Influence,

Key

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