Thursday, June 28, 2012

With Obamacare Upheld, What Next?

With word today that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare, many Catholics wonder what is next.

It would certainly have been quicker and more decisive to have the Obamacare bill struck down today (and would have saved the Church lots of legal bills moving forward), but the lawsuits that have been brought forth by colleges, dioceses, hospitals and others now take center stage.

Some might ask "if the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare's constitutionality today, what shot does the Church have in challenging its constitutionality?" A good question, but not to worry, because the Supreme Court today ruled that it is okay for the Federal Government to require people to buy health care, but our Catholic gripe has to do with HOW the Federal Government plans to implement the coverage - a topic not considered by the Supreme Court yet.

The HHS mandate that has Catholics so concerned will be a completely separate case, and I believe strongly that the Supreme Court will eventually rule in favor of the Catholic Church.

It is important to remember that the Church isn't even de facto opposed to universal health care, so in reality the Church really can be neutral on today's ruling. The reason it may feel like a defeat is because we already KNOW a gigantically disturbing aspect of HOW this particular Obama brand of universal health care WILL be implemented, and so in that sense, most Catholics would have liked to see the entire package struck dead.

But again, the protest that the Church has been making all along has not yet been considered by the Supreme Court, and there is certainly cause for much optimism that when it reaches the Supreme Court, the HHS Mandate which is at the heart of the Church's concern will be struck down decisively.