Never put all your eggs in one basket. If Texas Republicans didn’t learn that today, they will in November.
Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s health care reform bill passed in 2010. After investing so much of their time (and our money) on fighting health care reform, Republicans’ reliance on a “conservative” court to do their bidding now seems like an egregious political error.
In Texas, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-District 26) has never considered any ideas besides his own to be worthy of his time when it comes to health care reform. The self-dubbed “Doctor in the House” has always asserted that to compromise with Democrats, they would have to come to him and assent to his demands first. At town hall rallies across District 26, Burgess sat and listened to one person after another read chain emails full of blatantly false information, never correcting any of the misstatements they made. Over and over, he declared that the PPACA was “unconstitutional”.
It wasn’t enough for Texas Republicans to put all their eggs in one basket; they had to put the basket in the middle of I-35, too. They were confident that the right-leaning Supreme Court would support any position they held strongly, and now now the egg isn’t only on their faces, but everywhere else, too.
Today’s Supreme Court decision is one more step forward for this country to finally have a health care system that works. Few would argue that the current system in our country is functional or sustainable. Progress, then, comes not with the ability to dogmatically say “no” but the ability to recognize that change is needed and the courage to bring that change about.