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Affordable Care Act and Republican Objections

Observations on the Supreme Court Decision and subsequent arguments from the GOP.

As I hear and read the rants coming from the Republicans about the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act, I’m amused by much of their so-called argument. First, they scream that government should not be able to make anyone buy something they don’t want.  What’s amusing about this argument is that they are perfectly content with requiring hospitals, nurses, doctors, and other health professionals to provide care to these very people who refuse to buy insurance. Why is it, according to them, truly unconstitutional to require someone to buy health insurance, but perfectly constitutional to require professionals to provide their services for free? Interestingly, the Republicans carefully dodge this question.

Second, they talk about how much this program will cost. From what I’ve read, it will cost about 1/3 what the tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires cost. And as we approach the election, how to pay for the Affordable Care Act is clearly spelled out, while the Republicans have not offered any explanation for how to pay for the tax cuts.  It’s interesting, though, how they always manage to find the money when the rich benefit, but have major problems when the rest of us do.

Third, Justice Thomas did not recuse himself from considering this Act even though he has profited from fighting it all along and stood to profit even more if it had been defeated. If you recall, Justice Kagan recused herself from considering the Arizona immigration law because of her previous positions on the issue.  It was disappointing, but not surprising, that Justice Thomas did not have enough integrity to do the same thing. Fortunately, Justice Roberts, unlike most of the other justices, based his decision on the law, not political ideology.

Going forward, the Republicans have pledged to do all they can to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. So as you consider the upcoming election, look at what you stand to lose: exemption from preexisting conditions, children allowed to remain on parents’ health insurance until age 26, funds to help offset the costs of the donut hole in Medicare for senior citizens, free essential health screenings, and more. These will disappear if the Republicans have their way.  Their win would seriously damage millions of Americans who are now receiving coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Learn the facts about this ACT, commonly called “Obamacare.”  Read about it and learn the truth. Then make your decision about the upcoming election.

Chuck Teeter

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Tim July 10, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Doctor Patient Medical Association is non-partisan? Is that why they are listed as members of the Tea Party? http://www.thenationalteapartyfederation.com/Membership_List.html http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Doctor_Patient_Medical_Association#cite_note-2 "The Doctor Patient Medical Association (DPMA) and the Patient Power Alliance (PPA) work to repeal health care reform[1] and call themselves a "a nonpartisan association of doctors and patients dedicated to preserving free choice in medicine."[2] The organization is a member of the National Tea Party Federation[3] and the "American Grassroots Coalition."[4] You are obviously on the internet, so it is simply baffling that you still continue to post things without checking if they are true or not. It would literally take you 5 seconds to look it up first, before you made a fool out of yourself.
Plainfield Conservative July 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM
Great job, Linda Maxwell. Your posts are well thought out, well articulated and make perfect sense. While other countries are trying to get away from socialism, many in this country want to move toward it. The only reason that the US had been #1 for so long was because of free-market capitalism. Besides, socialism only works in a rich country and as it stands we have to pay back over 15 trillion dollars just to brag that we're completely broke. There are many other approaches to making healthcare more affordable. It's funny to watch people think that the government is the answer to more affordable healthcare when the truth of the matter is that Medicare/Medicaid already accounts for over 50% of all healthcare and is one of the reasons that healthcare is so screwed up in the first place. Hell, when this healthcare bill was first introduced I believe that even Obama said that we could probably pay for his healthcare bill with the fraud, waste and abuse of Medicare ALONE! Why wouldn't they start working on that route to help bring health costs down? Healthcare is such a large part of our economy (1/6th, I believe) and they just want to take that over to so that they can get their hands on even more of our money, in my ever humble opinion.
LMS July 10, 2012 at 06:38 PM
The survey asked about "current changes in the medical system", not the Affordable Care Act. Here are the actual Tea-Party puppet DPMA questions with their results, pre-spin: How do current changes in the medical system affect your desire to practice medicine? I'm re-energized - 4.6% Makes me think about quitting - 82.6% Unsure/no opinion - 12.8% There's no room for shades of grey, just love "current changes" (which are undefined and left up to individual interpretation), hate the "current changes", or have no opinion. I don't want to do a long copy/paste, but a little effort with Google yields all kinds of information about how screwy this group is, how slanted their "survey" and methodology was, and how disregarded their survey was until Fox News picked up its contaminated scent.
Olddeegee July 10, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Her posts, much like yours, are rife with misinformation seemingly culled from e-mail cit and pasting. The lies and distortions do you and your cause no good. The conspiracy angle is laughable as currently corporations control health care.
David May July 10, 2012 at 09:11 PM
More commentary about the DPMA's "survey." for those interested. What a bunch of, well, to put it politely, excrement. http://mediamatters.org/blog/2012/07/10/comically-awful-survey-says-83-percent-of-docto/187029

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