‘When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous’

When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous, but dismay to evildoers. — Proverbs 21:15 Dave Weigel: “How We Found Out” “The mandate is constitutional! It was upheld! Roberts went for the swing vote! Yes! Oh my God! The individual mandate survives as a tax!” Did you work on passing the bill? [Read More…]

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Empathy is always one possible option

Chief Justice John Roberts suffers from a chronic, pre-existing medical condition of precisely the sort that would have made it impossible, before the Affordable Care Act, for him to purchase insurance in the private sector. Some right-wing commentators think this influenced Roberts’ decision upholding the ACA. But they don’t imagine that this might have influenced [Read More…]

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Churches praise health care law, lobby groups condemn it

David Gibson of Religion News Service has an interesting round-up: “Religious groups react to Supreme Court health care ruling.” Here’s the break-down: Hallelujah, Amen!: National Council of Churches, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the Rabbinical Assembly, Hadassah, Sojourners, Faith in Public Life, Network, Catholic Health Association, National [Read More…]

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What really happens to real people really matters

In his article on the cruel idea of “Health Care as a Privilege,” Jonathan Chait mentioned a spate of pre-court-decision stories: … showing in human terms what sort of conditions we would be perpetuating in the event that five Republican Supreme Court Justices, or a potential Republican-run government next year, partially or completely nullify the [Read More…]

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‘A victory for people all over this country’

President Barack Obama: Earlier today, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act — the name of the health care reform we passed two years ago. In doing so, they’ve reaffirmed a fundamental principle that here in America — in the wealthiest nation on Earth — no illness or accident should lead [Read More…]

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To save money, don’t exclude the poor, exclude the sick

The Republican privilege-principle of Tyler Cowen, Bryan Fischer and Rick Perry isn’t just morally monstrous, it’s also bad economics. “We need to accept the principle that sometimes poor people will die just because they are poor,” says Cowen. “There is simply no way to control the cost of health care if hospitals are obligated to [Read More…]

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‘Poor people will die just because they are poor’

That’s a feature, not a bug. It’s a boast, not an accusation. It is, the speaker says, a “principle” that must be “accepted,” not an injustice that must be corrected. It sounds like an accusation — “You people think we should just accept that poor people will die just because they are poor.” That sounds [Read More…]

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A Grace Period for people in need

Jesse James DeConto reports for The Christian Century on an alternative to the predatory credit of payday loans: As former Pittsburgh cop Tony Wiles knows, people who need money fast are vulnerable. “I grew up in the inner city, so I’ve seen it all,” he said. “Loan sharks, pawnshops and payday loan companies on every [Read More…]

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