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Affordable Care Act Upheld by the United States Supreme Court
Jun 28, 2012 | News Archive
Affordable Care Act Upheld by the United States Supreme Court

What ObamaCare means for Minority Health facing the most pressing health conditions... Read more below!



Traditionally, Americans celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks, BBQ’s, and great music.  It symbolizes the time in 1776, where America’s founding fathers declared with a loud, resounding, and unified voice “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”  For 236 years, America has searched how to animate these words and ensure that each American has access to these basic American rights.  In the shadows of this 236th celebration of America’s Declaration of Independence, is the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Health Care Act (ObamaCare).  Today, the Supreme Court has decided to uphold the law in a 5-4 vote, with the most surprising vote coming from Chief Justice John Roberts, who was a George W. Bush appointee.  For years, the infant mortality rate of African-Americans has exceeded White Americans by 2.4 times, because of the lack of prenatal care.  More African-American women die of breast cancer per day than White American women because of their lack of access to health care and poverty status.  Studies have shown that the mortality rate of African Americans with Colon cancer would greatly reduce if more African Americans would be screened.  Prior to the Affordable Health Care Act, approximately 20% of African Americans did not have access to health care and those who did could not afford the the co-pays or deductibles to be screened for such cancers as colon and breast cancer.  With the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Health Care Act, it ensures that the United States government is continuing its attempt that individuals (even poor people) can obtain Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.  No longer can a person with type 2 diabetes be rejected from a health care insurance company.  We can say goodbye to the days, when people were rejected from Medicare or Medicaid because they “Made too much money,” but still could not afford health care on their own.  While the Republicans are shouting loudly from the roof tops that the Supreme courts decision is another Tax on the middle class, let us not be swayed into believing that myth.  There will be countless incentives to help subsidize the new mandate.  And you will not be taxed, unless you refuse to use the incentives to subsidize your health care. So do not be dismayed or disheartened.  Celebrate this 4th of July with a renewed joy, victory, and belief that “we (indeed) hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (and women, whether poor or rich, black or white) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

 

Posted By: John D. Hall

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