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A “Win/Win” Scenario?

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Re-posted from my blog at davew0958.wordpress.com:

I was briefly listening to a conservative talk radio program on the way to work this morning and one of the commentators was questioning whether or not the Supreme Court ruling would be a win for the Obama administration, regardless of its outcome.  I wrote “briefly listening” because I was unable to determine the reasoning for his assessment (I had reached my destination and had to exit my truck).  I have heard such things said before regarding the outcome of this bill’s fate and am well aware of the uncanny ability most successful politicians have of often spinning a situation to their benefit,  However, after giving it some thought, it occurred to me that perhaps the American people will be the ones faced with a “win/win” over this.
For most of my adult life in which I have actually paid attention to politics, I have heard every politician running for a significant political office tout the necessity of health care reform.  Quite often, insurance companies are held to blame for lack of care, poor care -or no care at all (and often they deserve the blame, for sure).  Sadly, that is where it usually ends.  The election season comes and goes and not much more is ever said or done about the problem. 
All of the above having been stated, I arrive at my point:  it’s now a win/win scenario for Americans.  Something, whether you like it or not, has been said and done about the health care issue in our country.  You may like it or you may hate it, but something has now been accomplished and is on the books -to be rejected, embraced, scrutinized, complemented or insulted.  The cards are on the table and now the Supreme court will decide its constitutional legality.  This leaves the issue in the forefront of American politics and under the eyes of more Americans than ever before.  That’s the good part of this, regardless of your feelings about the mammoth bill.  If the mandate under question is ruled unconstitutional and the bill is thrown out, that will leave people currently receiving some benefit from the adoption of the early parts of this bill without it and scrambling to make up for it.  It will energize both left and right bases, motivating them to seek viable alternatives.  Both sides will want to be the champions of new and improved health care legislation.  That’s my theory on it.  Who knows, maybe people will learn how to compromise?
I think it is obvious, even to the haters of this bill, that it contains good things that can be built upon.  I believe that those with pre-existing conditions should be covered and some provision for college students and young people living at home (for a reasonable amount of time) should be made.  Breaks to seniors are also a good thing, since health care consumes such a tremendous amount of an older person’s savings and often meager monthly income.
Many people seem so shocked and outraged that they might be made to buy insurance or pay a penalty.  Yet, ask them if they think everybody should have auto insurance and most will say “absolutely.” What if you don’t?  You pay a fine if you are caught.  If you think about it, that’s not so different from this – except it is on a state level rather than federal.
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