by Max Brantley
As we wait for the Republican Supreme Court to deliver the expected political victory over President Obama's health care legislation, you can warm up with a list compiled by Ezra Klein of the Washington Post on the things most American's don't know about the Affordable Care Act. Such as:
1) By 2022, it would give health coverage to 22 million now uninsured.
2) There's a valuable tax credit to help small businesses.
3) It prevents discrimination against people with pre-existing health conditions.
4) There's a cap on profiteering, with a minimum percentage of insurance company revenue required to be spent on health care.
If the court wipes all this out, what do you think are the chances of the Republican House majority restoring any of it? Insurance companies have been advertising in Arkansas that invalidation of the law won't mean immediate changes to policies. But at the next renewal cycle for company health plans? New ballgame.
Lawmakers returned to Washington early to be in place for commenting — lamentations or cheers, depending.
Spin plans are important. And, by the way, a big ruling on Arizona's immigration law is also expected soon.
Washington Post notes it's been a bad year at the Supreme Court for Obama administration. Yes and for precedent and non-political jurisprudence in general.
Most Americans oppose President Barack Obama's healthcare reform even though they strongly support most of its provisions, Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Sunday
UPDATE: The Supreme Court ruling won't be issued until Thursday, CNN is reporting.