I'm ambivalent about President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Addressing heath care is desperately needed, but I'm just not sure this is the best way.
But I'm thrilled with Chief Justice John Roberts' majority opinion that the ACA is constitutional. Let's face it, most who said it was unconstitutional didn't like the act or its proponent. That's a political stance that belongs in the halls of Congress and voting booths, not in the Supreme Court's chambers.
Our national legislature must have, and does have, the power to solve our national problems, which health care certainly is. As Roberts observed, the Constitution gives Congress the broad "Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to â¦ provide for the â¦ general Welfare of the United States."
Now, the question of what to do about health care is where it belongs with the people and their representatives in Congress. And since the Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress and signed by the president, it's no longer Obama's program, or Obamacare; it's America's program, until we the people decide otherwise. Let's own it, change what needs to be changed, and make it work.
Salt Lake City