My first thought when he got sick -- even before his possible mortality, or the fact that he might suffer -- was about insurance. The others were a close second, but the first thing that flashed through my brain was he might be uninsurable.
During this election year most media outlets are going to continue to report the most mundane stuff in ways that they think will interest you. Why? It is not in their interests to lessen the revenue stream and it is in their interests to keep you afraid and in the dark.
It was a similar crew of conservative justices on the Supreme Court that decided that their long-held beliefs on states' rights were irrelevant and made George W. Bush our next president in 2000. Now, they're back -- and they might decide yet another presidential election.
As the Supreme Court, on this third and final day, weighs the future of the Affordable Care Act (AKA "Obamacare"), the saga of Kenya's journey these past few months demonstrates the life-or-death significance of the Court's deliberations.
If the federal government can compel an individual to purchase insurance when he/she is consuming healthcare services, then the argument that the government cannot mandate a person to purchase a privately-offered product is thrown out the window.
The federal government represents voters, so it can tax voters and impose mandates on voters, whether these mandates oblige constituents to join militias or buy muskets, to serve on juries, or buy health-care insurance.
Reagan and Matalin skip who's up-down in the GOP contest to debate spurting gas prices, the constitutionality of "Obamacare" and our exit strategy from Afghanistan post- massacre. Then: do presidential speeches ever matter, Mr. Reagan?
Most people would be surprised to know that at our federal courthouse, a transplanted Miamian recently wrote an opinion that should provide the intellectual template for a Supreme Court affirmation of Affordable Health Care Act.
When this case comes to the Supreme Court, the question is going to turn on whether compelling someone to buy something is regulation of commerce, and whether the mandate is "necessary" for health care reform.
A little-discussed provision of the Affordable Health Care Act provides an extraordinary opening for Democratic candidates to deliver a simple message that will resonate with voters and sweep them into office. Yes, this year.