A little perspective on recent health care rulings

Those touting recent decisions by conservative federal judges to invalidate the new health care law as the death knell for reform would do well to remember a little U.S. history. As Ian Millhiser pointed out yesterday at The Wonk Room, lower courts also struck down Social Security, the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act and the minimum wage before the Supreme Court ultimately upheld them.

Millhiser notes that while it’s fine for the right to crow about the most recent decision by a judge in Florida,

…the truth is that lower courts routinely strike down landmark legislation before that law is eventually upheld — and there is every reason to believe that the Supreme Court will do the same here.”

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Louie

    February 1, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Interesting article at PNHPs web site:

    “Single Payer: The Only Way To Solve the Financial Burden of Medicaid”

    http://www.pnhp.org/news/2011/january/to-solve-new-yorks-medicaid-problems-enact-single-payer

  2. Lou Meyers

    February 1, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Here is another side step into reason:

    http://www.democracynow.org/2011/1/21/vermont_governor_peter_shumlin_moves_to

    A grown up speaks and he listens too.

  3. Alex

    February 2, 2011 at 7:43 am

    By my calculations, it looks like Medicaid spending per recipient runs anywhere from $ 6,000 to $10,000 per recipient in most states. If we add 16 million people to the Medicaid total with health reform, that would be an increase of $128 Billion to maybe $160 Billion almost overnight. The current Medicaid population is already breaking the budget of most states, so I see no way to afford such a huge increase. Current financing plans that have been proposed are built on smoke and mirrors, potential Medicare savings that are never realized, and postponing physician reimbursement increases which we know will not be done. There are some good provisions in health reform, but I see no way to finance it.