Who’s going to elect the next President of the United States?

It just might be the Supreme Court.

The 2012 Presidential Election is about to hit full stride and it should come as no surprise to anyone that one of the key themes will be Health Care Reform and the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or ACA.

At the center of debate on the ACA is the “individual mandate” which requires that every person purchase insurance.  The question is whether or not the federal government can require any of us to purchase something we may not want or need.   

Beyond political and personal reasons there may be legitimate reasons a US citizen would choose not to purchase insurance and the most common reason that comes up for discussion is a religious reason that would prohibit an individual from using medical care therefore eliminate any need for insurance.  There are other reasons but the religious angle is the one that has the most teeth. 

The Supreme Court has been asked, by the Department of Justice, to review a decision by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that found the ACA unconstitutional.  The request of the Supreme Court to review the decision doesn’t follow protocol and the timing is precarious.

As you can guess the ACA will be a hot topic during the election and it will be a polarizing issue on which platforms will be established and campaign promises made.  If the Supreme Court reviews the 11th Circuit Court’s decision and renders a decision of the their own, the outcome of the decision could ultimately decide the election of the next president.

President Obama has essentially defined his presidency on health care reform and the ACA.  If the Supreme Court were to find the ACA unconstitutional it would be devastating to the President’s Campaign.  If the Supreme Court were to rule that the ACA is constitutional, it will be a huge win for the President and limit his competitor’s platform.

Over the next 12 and a half months we are all going to get sick of the political ads and personal attacks but the election just might be decided before November 6, 2012 shows up on the calendar.  I will be following the actions of the Supreme Court closely and I’ll be sure to help keep you informed.

Let’s render our own decision.  Take the poll to let everyone know if you believe the “individual mandate” is, or is not, constitutional.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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