Ultimately, the SCOTUS ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” isn’t about winners and losers. It’s great to be jubilant, point fingers and say, “Nanny-nanny, boo-boo,” but, in the end, this is about moving the country forward.
While I celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the ACA, I am saddened by our policy process. President Obama compromised — I remember being angered when he capitulated on the strong government option — but his opposition wasn’t interested in compromising or developing their own viable, comprehensive health care policy alternatives.
It is saddening that those opposing “Obamacare” were more interested in blocking his every attempt at legislation and defeating him in November than offering any policy alternatives of their own.
This is why extremists in both parties can vilify “moderate” candidates who can work across the aisle:
Partisan warfare is easy. Governing is hard. Pick your side.