Big Win for Predatory Healthcare Giants
Healthcare giants win. People lose.
by Stephen Lendman
At issue was National Federation of Independent Business, et al, Petitioners v. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al (NFIB v. Sebelius).
Voting 5 - 4 on Thursday, the Supreme Court upheld what should have been rejected. Pro-business High Court rulings aren't new.
Since the 19th century, what business wants matters most. Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railway stands out. It granted corporations legal personhood.
Ever since, they've had people rights without responsibilities. Their limited liability status exempts them. As a result, they've profited hugely and continue winning favorable high and lower court rulings.
Another big one came on June 28. Health giants won. People lost. At issue was challenging Obama's Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA) - aka Obamacare.
From March 26 - 28, oral arguments on its constitutionality were heard. Contentious issues include:
- mandating all adults have health insurance or be taxed to compensate;
- PPACA's Medicaid expansion provisions;
- whether the Anti-Injunction Act bars courts from reviewing the individual mandate until it's effective in January 2014; and
- "severability:" namely, whether one issue can be struck down while leaving others intact.
Many PPACA provisions took effect. Key ones, including the individual mandate, begin January 2014.
Twenty-six states sued to overturn Obamacare. The Supreme Court heard the Florida case. It included the others as plaintiffs.
A record pro and con 136 amicus briefs ("friends of the court") were filed for Court consideration.