Wednesday 28 March 2012 14.51

By Richard Downes, Washington Correspondent

So the Supreme Court of the United States will now be the final arbiter of whether President Obama’s modest health reforms will stand or fall. After three days of submissions and argument the judges will come back with an adjudication around the end of June. Oh yeah – and there is an election this year.

An election for the Presidency of the United States! If ever there was the clear basis of a conflict between the elected branch of government and the judiciary, this is it. Can you imagine the effect of the Court striking down the law in the middle of the election year?

In a mature democratic system like the US, the institutions would survive, but not without strain.

On a personal note, the American medical system has baffled and infuriated me. Not only is it absurdly expensive but in my experience some of those who administer it are incompetent and obstructive.

Who would have thought that one could lose an application sent electronically? The health insurance company involved lost my details THREE times. I abandoned that route and eventually found an insurer. I have a health insurer. This is a purely commercial transaction. I give them money and they give the minimum of service. The minimum.

They charge a fortune but the system is designed to suit the insurers. The judges won’t change this but something has to change in America’s system. It eats up 14% of national wealth every year and acts as a drag on the rest of the economy. It is sick.

2 Responses to Sick.

  1. TW says:

    Typical uninformed claptrap-”modest reforms” that are now forecast to cost $15Trln more than projected a year ago. Everyone knew it was a bad idea and unconstitutional at the time-thats why Obummer had to bribe certain politicians to get it through (why dont you google-Louisian Purchase) Finally, if you lived here for more than 10 mins you would realise that the govt cant run anything well-look the the post office, look at scoail security. And you want to hand over control of the entire healthcare system to these fools

  2. guest says:

    For a huge country of about 300 million people, the US has two parties the Republicans and the Democrats and they can’t, especially the Republians come up with a decent choice of candidates. Romney so far has shown he can’t relate very well to ordinary folk and he comes across to me like a Hollywood actor all shining white teeth and slick hair. He has a reputation for changing his mind on any issue and if elected, we Irish will have to put up with another President visiting our country and his ancestral roots for the first time ever. Irish politics can be bad but American can be too – really insincere apart from some genuine public representatives in the federal House of Representatives.

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