As for Roberts being the swing, I thought it was likely because the real money is the insurance industry in this decision. Therefore, as night follows day, Roberts followed the money. (Where have we heard that before???)
You know, I've been thinking the very same. Justice Roberts would be consistent in his love-affair with corporate dollars.
If you think the insurance industry is going to walk away from all these dollars they're now getting for insuring everyone, you've likely got another think coming.
Insurances companies now have standards they HAVE TO follow like they haven't had in a while now. No more pre existing conditions (meaning they have to pay). Coverage of preventive care tests (they have to fully pay for).
No more whole departments dedicated to figuring out way to refuse to pay claims.
THEY HAVE TO PAY for the health costs that you have been paying premiums on for so long.
Yes they'll cover more people but now it's got to be affordable (struggling people will get tax credits) and they will have to pay oh so much more in health care costs then they have been doing.
They have standards now that they have to follow.
I'm in my 60s. Suddenly I can go get a mammogram, blood tests, a pap smear.
For no cost to me (beyond my premium). My insurance company will pay for it.
Oh. And if I get cancer, they can't cancel me.
Same with a heart attack.
Maybe it's a wet dream for them. I dunno.
But I damn well know it is for me.
I've paid a lot of money over time and gotten almost nothing to show for it.
Yes single payer is still what I think would be better but this was a giant step for a country that has become really reluctant to take care of it's own.
I think I believe Justice Roberts knew that and didn't want to be judged 100 years from now for being stupid and partisan.