Obama Won, But Medicaid, the Poor Lost
One win for Obama doesn't mean health care battle over
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2012 11:49 AM CDT
Updated Jun 29, 2012 11:55 AM CDT
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts greets President Barack Obama on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 24, 2012, prior to the president's State of the Union address.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – President Obama says the political horse race surrounding yesterday's Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act is much less important than the good the law will do. So, naturally, the New York Times goes right back to the horse race, with a look at seven consequences of the ObamaCare decision:

  • Biggest losers: Medicaid and the poor. In a part of the decision that "flew under the media radar," writes James Morone, the Supreme Court did allow states to opt out of expanding Medicaid. (ObamaCare boosts the cutoff to anyone whose income is up to 133% of the federal poverty line). But thanks to the court's out, "stingy states may choose to stay stingy." Morone specifically cites the case of Texas, where Medicaid is only offered to those at or below 26% of the poverty line.

  • Biggest winner: the Roberts court. Ever since Bush v. Gore, the public has grown increasingly convinced that the Supreme Court is too politicized. A party-line decision yesterday would have made this worse, and could have prodded liberals to jump aboard "the longstanding conservative effort to curb the Supreme Court’s powers—perhaps by limiting terms to 15 years."
  • Republicans need an alternative. Republicans have been just as prolific as Democrats in suggesting health care reform over the past 60 years. The GOP cannot just say "repeal" now—it has to present its own plan.
  • Democrats need creativity. Bill Clinton's health care plans borrowed from an idea introduced by Richard Nixon. Obama took inspiration from Republicans like Sen. John Chafee. Democrats have "gotten lazy." When it comes to expanding social welfare policies, they need to start coming up with new ideas of their own.
For the full rundown of the seven consequences, click here.

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USLady
Jul 4, 2012 11:48 AM CDT
Listen,healthcare was not an issue at all! They created an issue to place their plot into place for this country! we happen to have some of the best healthcare in the world,Obama made it an issue and then turned and made people think he had a solution -Again this was not an issue! they look for ways to blow our tax money! right now they are debating if they want to throw our money away on operating on obese people! really! and We the people have no say so! this crap has to change! Obama is lying to the American people to try to put his crooked agenda in place,There is plenty of money for medical care,there was no need for Obama to do this to the people,or was it legal! It was done to place a heavy burden on all Americans! just like everything else Obama has done! wake up! or you may have to fight or die! seriously! many people do not realize how they are trying to entrap our country. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x9ptc9_obama-depopulation-policy-exposed-r_news http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoE1R-xH5To http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcBaSP31Be8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnvJH6igK9o&feature=channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXxySCrsidI&NR=1 And as we remember the men and women who fought for our freedom and right to stay free! watch the videos below!! God bless all our troops! if the president cannot say it! i will! Thank you! for your service! and all you have done to keep us safe and free! http://americaimpeachobama.yolasite.com/7.php http://americaimpeachobama.yolasite.com/73.php
USLady
Jul 2, 2012 5:04 PM CDT
Even Obama was SHOCKED! that his 2700 page bill passed! because he knew it was twisted! they passed it because they did not read it! PATHETIC! all of them! All the people see how sorry people over this country really are!
serfinWI
Jun 29, 2012 6:24 PM CDT
Obama may have won the battle, but he's now got a pile of shit in his lap, and he can't blame it on Bush.