Hilary Matfess, a young policy analyst, was jumping up and down, yelling out details.
“The mandate is constitutional! It was upheld! Roberts went for the swing vote! Yes! Oh my God! The individual mandate survives as a tax!”
Did you work on passing the bill? I asked.
“No!” said Matfess. “I just have lupus!”
Amid all the noise and abstraction around health care and just about any policy question that gets caught up in the political media wurlitzer, it helps to remember what this means to, y’know, actual people. It means life and death, in the worst cases. In lots of other cases it means the opportunity for self-determination without taking on terrible, unsupportable risks. I know my long-term career and life options just got a lot more flexible this morning. As did those of anyone else with a pre-existing condition or chronic illness.