Despite the Supreme Court's ruling, the fight about health care won't be over till it's over, and it's not over yet.
“Earlier today, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act,” President Obama said.
"As you might imagine, I disagree with the Supreme Court's decision," Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said.
It was their first debate of this presidential campaign:
Obama: "Well it should be pretty clear by now I didn't do this because it was good politics. I did it because I believed it was good for the country. I did it because it was good for the American people.
Romney: "What the court did today was say Obamacare does not violate the Constitution. What they did not do was say that Obamacare is good law, or good policy.“
Initially, the president tried to downplay the politics of the decision…though he surely knows it's a huge political victory.
But–before he was done–he ripped Romney for supporting an insurance mandate when he was governor of Massachusetts:
"In fact, this idea has enjoyed support from members of both parties, including the current Republican nominee for president," the president said.
That's true, but Romney never mentions it. Instead, he attacked:
"Obamacare raises taxes on the American people by approximately $500 billion dollars. Obamacare is a job killer,” Romney said.
Looking ahead, look for more of the same:
Obama: "I'm confident as ever that we look back five years from now, or 10 years from now, or 20 years from now, we'll be better off because we had the courage to pass this law and keep moving forward.”
Romney: "Our mission is clear. If we want to get rid of Obamacare, we're going to have to replace President Obama.”
Get the picture? Even the highest court in the land isn't supreme enough to end a fight that will not end in November. To me, what this is all about is the cost of health care versus the value of life, and that could mean an endless argument.
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