Rachel Canning, the 18 year-old teenager from New Jersey who sued her parents for financial support, won a partial victory in court this week, courtesy of Obamacare.
Morris County Court Judge Peter Bogaard, according to the story, ruled that Rachel's parents must keep her on their health insurance policy.
To me, this sets a dangerous precedent when it comes to the long legal road of Obamacare enforcement. Now, kids living away from their parents can stay on their parents' health plans, whether their parents like it or not.
It's one thing for parents to choose to keep their college student on their health plan, but under the new health care law and with this new case, Rachel might be able to keep forcing her parents to foot the bill for almost eight more years!
According to the story, the daughter has been living with her bestie's relatives. Her bestie's father has been paying for her lawyer, as well. The daughter has been attending a luxurious private Catholic high school, even though her parents haven't made a tuition payment for the remainder of the school year. The school officials have decided not to kick her out of the school while the case is ongoing.
In her legal case, the daughter wanted her parents to provide with $654 a week in child support payments. That is too expensive, and is also more than what President Obama wants people to earn from a proposed minimum wage increase.
In fact, $654 a week averages out to more than $16 per hour in a forty hour work week-without the necessity of working. Ms. Canning is already an honors student at her high school and she was able to keep her grades up this long without the money flowing in.
The young Ms. Canning has been invited back to her parents' home to live, but she was told she had to first break up with a boyfriend the parents thought was a bad influence.
Has Ms. Canning tried to reach a legal settlement allowing her and her boyfriend to break up but remain "friends with benefits?" The father might be okay with this, especially since by his own admission, he has been "a very, very liberal father."
Ms. Canning should obviously take a moment to be responsible with her next move in this case. Why does she have to stay at the Catholic school she's been accustomed to? Her residency has changed. If she went ahead and transferred into the closest public high school in her bestie's neighborhood, then her life would become a lot easier.
She could still remain an honors student without even studying very much! The biggest challenge she would face would be whether the cheerleading squad would let her join their group this late in the school year. According to the movie "Bring It On," girls on those squads can be a tad vicious to deal with. Making friends as a new girl on campus may be difficult, too, according to the blockbuster hit film, "Mean Girls."
The bottom line is: Ms. Canning needs to count her blessings. She is living in a heated home and whether she's been sleeping on a futon or not, it's probably a lot more comfortable than any sidewalk in her town of Lincoln Park.