Upheld! – Relive The Moment

Terrance Heath

If you want something to feel particularly good about this, heading into the 4th of July holiday, why not relive the moment we learned that the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act?

Nothing quite captures the moment like this Take Action News video of the moment when health care supporters gathered outside the Supreme Court got the news.

Also, Rahdika Raman was on the scene, and got some interviews with health care reform supporters waiting for the Court’s ruling.

Finally, Paul Krugman reminds us who the real winners are.

So the Supreme Court — defying many expectations — upheld the Affordable Care Act, a k a Obamacare. There will, no doubt, be many headlines declaring this a big victory for President Obama, which it is. But the real winners are ordinary Americans — people like you

How many people are we talking about? You might say 30 million, the number of additional people the Congressional Budget Office says will have health insurance thanks to Obamacare. But that vastly understates the true number of winners because millions of other Americans — including many who oppose the act — would have been at risk of being one of those 30 million.

So add in every American who currently works for a company that offers good health insurance but is at risk of losing that job (and who isn’t in this world of outsourcing and private equity buyouts?); every American who would have found health insurance unaffordable but will now receive crucial financial help; every American with a pre-existing condition who would have been flatly denied coverage in many states.

In short, unless you belong to that tiny class of wealthy Americans who are insulated and isolated from the realities of most people’s lives, the winners from that Supreme Court decision are your friends, your relatives, the people you work with — and, very likely, you. For almost all of us stand to benefit from making America a kinder and more decent society.

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