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Behind the Momentum for Paid Sick Leave


Behind the Momentum for Paid Sick Leave

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Last week, the Supreme Court upheld a core provision of the Affordable Care Act, quashing the Republican Party’s latest attempt to gut the law through the judicial system. At issue in the case, King v. Burwell, was the government’s ability to provide subsidies to help millions of working Americans purchase health insurance through the federal exchange.


At the risk of stating the obvious, again, here goes. We have a systemic problem which has complicated all our lives to the point of embarrassing foolishness. That problem is the established financial context that thrives on the false claim that there are not enough resources to go around.

The human family has the right to require of itself full and free access to housing, education and health care. That's the entire necessary context. Persisting in refusing this obvious detail, which we may never have been collectively able to see or acknowledge so clearly before, merely births and sustains all the consternation and conflict we know as life.

We do not need to continue to do this to ourselves. The requirement of that alternative context is a sensible challenge to face as we step into the world's worst distraction cycle again, the US Presidential election process. We can do better, or just make fools of ourselves all over again.