WASHINGTON – It’s a huge political victory for Barack Obama, in just over four months of the November U.S. presidential. The Supreme Court of the United States has approved Thursday the bulk of its law on the generalization of the Medicare reform emblematic of its mandate, intended to provide health coverage to more than 30 million Americans who were uninsured.
This historic reform arouses fierce opposition from nearly all Republicans, including Mitt Romney, Barack Obama’s future opponent in November. Its repeal is one of the campaign promises of the party of the elephant.
The decision written by Justice John Roberts gives reason to outgoing Democratic chairman of the central element of the law, making health coverage mandatory, under penalty of fine Federal.
The chairman of the Republican Party was quick to respond, saying the Supreme Court had to define “the issue of the November presidential”. “Now the only way to save that country from ObamaCare and its hold government health system, which blew the budget, is to elect a new president,” said Reince Priebus in a statement.
The decision of the Supreme Court was one of the most anticipated since the 2000 when Republican George W. Bush was declared winner of presidential elections after the counting problems in Florida.
According to opinion polls, a majority of Americans do not support this reform, which ironically was inspired by a program implemented in Massachusetts when Mitt Romney was governor of that state. The law of Massachusetts is widely approved by the people since it came into force in 2006. But Mitt Romney, who defends the view that these provisions must be taken by States and not imposed by the federal state. He promised to reverse the reform if elected president.
The key provisions of ObamaCare as the requirement to have health coverage to take effect in 2014, when the law will also prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage to people already familiar with health problems. Once the reform is fully implemented, it will remain an estimated 26 million people without health coverage in the U.S., including illegal immigrants.
Since its inception two years ago, 26 states had challenged the constitutionality of this controversial text, which represents the largest extension of social coverage in over 40 years.
Before its adoption, the United States was the last major developed country without national health coverage. This should extend to more than 30 million additional Americans out of a population of over 313 million. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that about 95% of the population should have health insurance by 2019 if the legislation comes into force in the state.