It’s a very good day. I’m sitting on the porch, looking out at the beach on a beautiful day. I’m surrounded by people I care love and care about. I feel as good as I’ve felt in a good while and yesterday, surprisingly, the Supreme Court made what I think is pretty good ruling on the Affordable Care Act. I know that seems an odd thing to throw in with the vacation stuff, but as a big-time consumer of the health care system, Obamacare is important to me. Because it’s there, I don’t have worry about maxing out my coverage. If, for some unknown reason, I lost my employer-provided health insurance, I wouldn’t have to worry about being turned down 16 times for a pre-existing condition. I won’t have to worry about my children’s health care because, due the Affordable Care Act, I can keep them on my insurance until their 26, giving them plenty of time to finish college and get a job. And that’s just the part impacts me personally.
Because the Supreme Court upheld most of the Affordable Care Act (they ruled the government can only take future Medicaid funds if states don’t comply, not money they’re already getting…, I think), a lot of sick children will keep the insurance coverage they received when the law went into effect. Because the ACA stands, my mother (and other senior citizens) won’t have to choose between eating and getting her meds. The ruling on Obamacare means also means the women in my life (and any other women for that matter) won’t be denied coverage for feminine health care at the whim of some religious leader. I know a lot of people would prefer a single-payer system, saying that’s the only way to ensure universal coverage. Maybe they’re right, but the chances of a single-payer system in the United States is about as slim as Mitt Romney loosening up and acting like an actual human being and not one of the pod people from Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It’s possible, but not probable. By that I mean the next time the lottery gets over $100 million, it’s possible I’ll be sole winner. Probability, however, mitigates against that. So, we go with what we can get. Besides, it’s not like there won’t be changes along the way; the Obama Administration admits the law isn’t perfect, but it does allow for tweaks and fixes. Plus, it beats the hell out of what came before.
I’ll tie all this up with this bit of scripture from Matthew:
“Now when the Human One[b] comes in his majesty and all his angels are with him, he will sit on his majestic throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered in front of him. He will separate them from each other, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right side. But the goats he will put on his left.
34 “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who will receive good things from my Father. Inherit the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world began. 35 I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. 36 I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.’
37 “Then those who are righteous will reply to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? 38 When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or naked and give you clothes to wear? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
40 “Then the king will reply to them, ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Get away from me, you who will receive terrible things. Go into the unending fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 I was hungry and you didn’t give me food to eat. I was thirsty and you didn’t give me anything to drink. 43 I was a stranger and you didn’t welcome me. I was naked and you didn’t give me clothes to wear. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’
44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and didn’t do anything to help you?’ 45 Then he will answer, ‘I assure you that when you haven’t done it for one of the least of these, you haven’t done it for me.’ 46 And they will go away into eternal punishment. But the righteous ones will go into eternal life.”