How will history view the health care vote?
June 29th, 2012
10:30 AM ET

How will history view the health care vote?

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Obama's health care law is constitutional, but that won't end the debate over ObamaCare and what to do about the health care system.

For many, the debate has shifted from the courtroom to the campaign trail. Presidential historian and author Douglas Brinkley talked to CNN about how the Supreme Court decision will play into the 2012 U.S. election and how history will regard the vote.

CNN: How does health care affect the campaign and the election going forward, and specifically, the debates between Obama and Mitt Romney?

BRINKLEY: President Obama got a lot of momentum. And in politics, the big mo' is everything. June looked like a Romney month, and now the president is ending this month with the wind in his sail. [The health care vote news] sort of buried the Holder contempt story; nobody in the media's really talking about it.

So for Barack Obama, this was big. In fact, he was calling it the Affordable Care Act for so long he may actually want to embrace the term "ObamaCare." ...

Mitt Romney has staked out that he's dissenting with the Supreme Court decision. One of the more brutal debates this year will be re-arguing this health care debate. There's so many tentacles and loose parts that it will drag on with us all the way to next year.

Related: The world of the health care issue

CNN: The crux of this legislation, the individual mandate, was upheld by the court. But when Obama was a presidential candidate in 2008, here's what he had to say about these mandates: "Sen. Clinton says I'm going to make universal health care by mandating that everybody buy it. But if people can't afford it, it doesn't matter what the mandate is, they're not going to buy it." Well, he changed his mind, didn't he? Weren't they originally put forth by certain Republicans, trying to stop "HillaryCare"?

BRINKLEY: Yes. This is like a tennis ball going all over the net, all over the place. I don't think Americans fully understand what's occurred today. Very few people have really read this report.

Related: Breaking down the court's decision

But what you've got here is President Obama has a massive political victory. He was about to be clubbed really. This was almost D-Day for him.

I think President Obama is now in a very good stead to say, "I passed the Affordable Care Act (or it's been proven constitutional), I got Osama bin Laden and I saved General Motors." He has three real historic accomplishments to present on a week when he's seeming to be ahead in the key swing states.

CNN: The president talked about the day as something we're going to look back on 10 or 20 years from now. You're the presidential historian – How will history look back on the day?

BRINKLEY: I think it will be [remembered as when] Supreme Court Justice John Roberts made his name, etched his name in history. Many people thought since Bush vs. Gore in 2000 that it was very partisan court. But this [latest vote] showed how Roberts had ... deep thought. He really played the constitutional lawyer and justice here. I think his stock goes very high, just as Charles Evans Hughes did with FDR and Social Security - a Republican that backed Social Security.

Related: Justice Roberts' legacy

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  1. JAL

    The GOP will harass and harass, then hold you in contempt for not cooperating.

    June 29, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
    • JAL

      The GOP does not deserve to be rewarded for this behavior in 2012. Vote Obama.

      June 29, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply
      • Burst Bubble

        Voting for the lesser of 2 evils isn't really a vote, is it?

        July 1, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
  2. pajen

    So, how are you planning to pay for all this?

    June 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
    • f4xtrafn

      Funny how Canada has universal health care and is in better financial shape than the US. Ultimately, the overall economic cost will actually be lower, not only due to a larger pool of policy holders, but also because the benefits of healthier people require less major medical interventions which in turn also results in increased productivity and the decreased personal financial burdenof high medical bills will increase discretionary spending – all of which will actually boost the economy.

      June 30, 2012 at 6:29 am | Reply
      • 100 % ETHIO

        Canada health care in better shape??!!

        That's garbage.
        We know who are being treated well by Canadian free health card. We also know, who are being mis-treated just by holding Canadian free health card.

        The Jewish Monsters, who are the careers of known and unknown diseases are abusing the Canadian health care system. They over using it with multiple names and by stealing and Manipulating my Christian-Ethiopian people, who are Canadian Citizens.

        The Jews never got reach, without bribery, embezzlement and inside treading, by convincing Foreign and Domestic Government Officials.

        You know, it's just a matter of time, till US awake and say, 'enough with the Jew'. I witnessed.

        HAPPY CANADA DAY!

        June 30, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
      • 100 % ETHIO

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        June 30, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
      • Patrick-2

        100% idiot is what you are.
        Keep talking and let everyone know what a racist, juvenile, stupid piece of c rap you are.

        July 1, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • LetsDoIt

      By raising the top 1% tax rate to 92%. And hold it there for 10 years.

      July 1, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  3. Jack

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    June 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  4. f4xtrafn

    Silly goose.

    June 30, 2012 at 6:30 am | Reply
  5. f4xtrafn

    I don't understand why Republicans are so against this when in fact Obama Care follows all their principals. All that law really does is force all the deadbeats to pay for the medical services they are already using but not paying for. That's about as conservative as you can get. The entire multi-thousand page boils down to just that one principal – pay for what you use or you'll be fined. Don't over complicate it.

    June 30, 2012 at 6:37 am | Reply
  6. 100 % ETHIO STRONGER!

    *HOW* will History view (o!o) the health care Law?

    It is not only a good question, but it is a serious one.

    A) For those whose love ones, passed away, because they can't afford to get treatment and live longer, it will remain as a scar.
    B) For those who are alive and disabled, because they can't afford the bill, it is a tragedy and happiness. At least, their Children will get better treatment.
    C) Finally, the 99% of...got their voices heard.

    Wait a Minute, behind the scene, Obama tirelessly, cried and worked hard to be on the Obama-care list.

    June 30, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  7. ilene

    Don't blame any groups. Finding fault does not help anyone. Work for a compassionate, effective solution that serves All Americans, that sees the moral question and the reality of health care . The solution to this complicated problem requires
    all the courage and intelligence we have.

    July 2, 2012 at 12:20 am | Reply
  8. kc

    The articals question was how will history view this health care vote.I have some a predictions.More employers will stop offering healthcare,not everyone will get coverage, there will be compromises do to lobbyists,and pac money,people will think goverment bought insurance should not be as good as thiers,many of those same people will have to buy that insurance when thier employer stops offering it,when the goverment cant handle corprates,or budgets on some other issue there will be more pay taxation without repesentation schemes. Ask yourself now that the goverment can make you buy something or pay an IRS fine what will they rip out of everyones yearly income next?

    July 2, 2012 at 1:09 am | Reply
  9. MannyHM

    When Pres. Obama's mother was dying of ovarian cancer he mentioned that she was quite concerned on how the cost of treatment will be paid. This is personal to him. Chief Justice John Roberts most probably imagined what if he wasn't a chief justice and just an ordinary Joe, factory worker or laborer when he had those seizures. Who would pay for those medical bills if he were uninsured or underinsured ? The thing to watch out for now is to make sure that the money is truly spent on health tests and procedures; not on excessive salaries and bonuses, ads, and padded administrative cost.

    July 2, 2012 at 9:34 am | Reply
  10. kc

    Excessive salaries,bonusus ,and administrative costs are the fuel that fires those who benefit from this industry.That is why they spend billions on lobbyistsfalong with rep and dem super pac money. If the chief justice cared about the average joe(quaint)the door on making you buy something and paying an IRS tax fine if you dont, would not have been opened .It does not matter how personal it is to the president this is not a one man goverment.The justices stated- we all particapate in health care so we all pay .We all particapate in the economy ,if there is another financial crisis would you like to give say 2000 if your not invested directly in the derivatives market,on top of the taxes you pay .This may sound like a stretch but that is the dangerous legal presidant that has been set.

    July 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  11. Timmy Suckle

    I kissed my way up to VP at a health insurance company. Now I take over $500,000 of your health care dollars for NO VALUE ADDED to your health care. And that’s just me. Now think about how many other VPs, Directors, Managers, etc. are at my company alone. Now multiply that by thousands of others at hundreds of other health insurance companies. From 10 to 25% of your health care dollars go towards administration that adds NO VALUE to your health care. But my company’s PAC dollars will continue to fool you little people into thinking that a single payer system will be bad. Little people like you are so easy to fool. Little people also don’t realize that a single payer system is the ONLY system that would allow little people (as an entire country) to negotiate better health care prices. Little people don’t realize that the Medical Cartels already know that. And that is the reason why the Medical Cartels spend so much PAC money from the hospitals and doctors lobbying against a single payer system. Some little people say that a single payer system would cost you little people more. But if that were true, then wouldn’t the hospitals and doctors WANT that extra money? Yes they would. So why do the Medical Cartels lobby against a single payer system? It’s because the Medical Cartels know it would allow little people to negotiate better health care prices. And that’s what the Medical Cartels are afraid of. Period.
    But us big wigs at insurance companies, hospitals, and pharmacy companies don’t ever need to worry about health care no matter what it costs. We get our health care paid for one way or another by you little people. And we get the little people that work at our companies to contribute to our PACs. And us big wigs say it’s to protect the little peoples’ jobs. But in reality it would be in the little peoples’ best interest to NOT contribute to the PAC. Again, little people are so easy to be fooled. I won’t ever have to worry about losing my job with so many little people being brain washed by the Medical Cartels’ PAC money. Not only that, the Medical Cartels’ PAC money is used to elect so many republicans that will never allow a single payer system. Republicans have always fought against any meaningful health care reform. But that’s what our Medical Cartels’ PACs pay them for. Politicians can be bought so easily.
    Pretty soon the only people that will be able to afford health care is us big wigs. And that’s the way it should be. We don’t want you little people using up the resources when we need them. And once again, I thank you little people for capping my SS tax at the $106,800 level. Now I only pay 1.3% SS tax and you little people pay 6.2%. Also, thank you for extending my tax breaks. I’m using the extra money on my vacation houses.

    July 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Reply
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    Whomever hates good treatment, hates him/herself or wishes evil to others.

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    July 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Reply
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      July 3, 2012 at 10:37 am | Reply
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    July 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
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    Except the Two June 30 @ 06:24 P.M. and Jul 02 @ 06:14 P.M., the rest of posted negative statements are not mine.

    July 3, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  16. vistarian2011

    If Romney becomes President – don't despair, because there is still a God who will save America

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