The Court, Actual People & the Individual Mandate
My son Jeffrey died five years ago this week. As regular readers will know, he basically dropped dead of a burst aneurysm in his brain. He was 14 and otherwise remarkably healthy. The bill for the few days Jeffrey spent in the ICU? Hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Fortunately when Jeff died, he had insurance coverage through my work. So the irreparable hole he left in my heart was not compounded by financial ruin. Jeff's situation nonetheless resembles the one that has befallen Campbell's sister-in-law. There was no warning that he would drop dead. There was no way to diagnose his malady. Indeed there was no reason to suspect he had an aneurysm or that it would burst. In other words, there would've been no way for he or I to pop out to the insurance store and pick up a policy. The mere fact that the Scalia and like-minded SCOTUS justices can contemplate such an eventuality suggests they have no business occupying a seat on the court.
P.S.: I should make it clear that Jeff was just one parent away from having no insurance. His mom's job at the time offered none. What we actually need is not the sham Obama reforms. cobbled together to satisfy the perverse preferences the rich and powerful, but (like much of the rest of the world) an actual single payer system that would prevent people like Andrea Campbell's sister-in-law from existing at the mercy of coffee can social policy.