SENIORS: THE HEARINGS HAVE ENDED, BUT THE ISSUE HASN’T

Mar 30th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Health Care Hanging in the Balance

While the three days of arguments before the Supreme Court have ended, the issue is still with us and will likely be until June and beyond.

For most seniors invested in the outcome, it will likely be an anxious time. This refers to those whose health care hangs in the balance.  Those, who have little discretion in seeing their ability to be cared for threatened, will likely sit on pins and needles.  Those whose prescription needs are cared for by Medicare, although perhaps staying in place, will be fearful of what could, might happen.

For many this is a big circus, played under the huge tent of the Supreme Court.  For many it is a struggle over ideology, while others look on to see the the high wire act of attorney’s and justices making very precarious moves.

What is at Stake?

What is at stake here?  “Nothing,” cry those who wish to see the Affordable Health Care Plan completely gutted.  “Everything,” say those who have the most to lose.

So as the public watches and waits, the back rooms are filed with those who are about to determine the fate of the democracy, the shape of the republic.  Its implications are far reaching.  Its outcome will have dilatory results.

Make no mistake that the removal of ”safety net” and social welfare programs have been long term targets for generations.  No matter the evidence that many are by passed, no matter that need, not caused by the unemployed, even veterans without hope of jobs, these programs must go.  Let them eat cake.

Those who craft budgets which eliminate the  primary means for survival that many depend upon seem little concerned for the consequences of such Draconian measures.  Poverty and want, so they quote, are always with us.  Is that a justification and a defense for a society that knows better and can do better? The great author, Charles Dickens, argued not. The oft quoted  ”do unto others” pleads for a larger sensitivity.

Those who ask “who will pay for it” may be asked to rearrange priorities.  War and conflict are poor ways to generate economic health in a country.  There is ample proof for that.

So this argument, which the Court is yet to decide, hangs in the balance and will do so until and when the good of the nation prevails.



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