It's time to be ready to act now and put in the work. The Supreme Court has weighed in. They have upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010. I refuse to call it "Obamacare" because in my opinion it's a derogatory term crafted by the opposition.
What happens next is up to us. "Repeal and Replace" is the message coming out of the Republican camp. There are many that feel that this issue has become the rallying cry for the Republican Party and Tea Party. They feel that this ruling is going to be used this as a means to raise funds and mount a broad attack on President Obama. I have no doubt that this is indeed the case. It should be noted that there are some Democrats that are not on board with this piece of legislation either. We should also be aware that in a recent poll approximately 46% of Americans agree with the Supreme Courts ruling and 46% disagree. This does not translate to a mandate for health care reform.
The San Francisco Chronicle writes:"Conservative leader Richard Viguerie said the court's decision has raised that anger to "a revolutionary fervor that will sweep President Obama and many other Democrats from office." The Tea Party Express appealed to its supporters for money and backing to defeat Obama and "a liberal U.S. Senate that have foisted Obamacare down our throats."
It's time for us to be ready to act now and put in the work. President Obama and the Democratic Party cannot do this alone. Our support is necessary and important. The challenge that faces us is huge but not insurmountable. This is not only about the Presidential election, it is about regaining control of Congress. We cannot stand on the sidelines. Voter suppression is real and is in effect. We must combat it by leveraging our right to vote. If we have the means to we should contribute to the campaign. Whether it's time, money, or both, our efforts will go a long way in helping to make affordable health care a reality.
Ernest R. Heyward is the Founder and President of the Marketplace for Social Awareness and Social Responsibility Inc.