How will the GOP try to spin this one away…
In 2009, Michael Steele, then chairman of the Republican National Committee RNC, called President Barack Obama’s plan to overhaul health care “socialism,” at a National Press Club event.Mr. Steele obviously was not aware of the fact that his very own party- the GOP helped Iraqi lawmakers to draft and pass their constitution with a single-payer guaranteed healthcare system for all Iraqis, in 2005.Article 31 of the Iraqi Constitution, drafted by the Bush administration in 2005 and ratified by the Iraqi people, includes state-guaranteed single payer healthcare for life for every Iraqi citizen.Article 31 also states that healthcare is a “right.” Contrary to this Article, GOP Senator from Kentucky Rand Paul called the right to healthcare a form of “slavery” at a hearing of the Senate HELP Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging.
more at GOP – Healthcare Is ‘Socialism, Slavery’ For Americans, A ‘Right’ For Iraqis | Addicting Info.
It’s not about people’s access to affordable health care – something that every other developed nation in the world already has – with the GOP, it’s about the politics…
With the backing of the the overwhelming consensus of legal scholars regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the United States Supreme Court on Thursday largely upheld President Obama’s signature health care reform law. And with that stroke of a pen, Justice Roberts and the Court’s majority prevented the culmination of a decades-long conservative campaign to stop universal coverage at all costs.
For GOP leaders like Mitch McConnell the battle to “kill it and start over” wasn’t merely about ensuring that “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” For twenty years, Republicans have feared not that health care reform would fail the American people, but that it would succeed. To put it another way, the GOP was never really concerned about a “government takeover of health care”, “rationing”, “the doctor-patient relationship” or mythical “death panels,” but that an American public grateful for access to health care could provide Democrats with an enduring majority for years to come.
via Behind the GOP’s 20-Year Campaign to Kill Health Care Reform | Crooks and Liars.
Less than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the health care act, you might find yourself facing a brother-in-law, uncle or cousin who want to tell you how the Obamacare is socialism.
So here’s the top five benefits of the Affordable Care Act:
- coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions children right now, and everyone by 2014.
- insurance companies can’t drop coverage when you get sick
- there’s no lifetime cap on coverage
- children can stay on their parents plan until age 26
- you actually get a rebate if your insurance company doesn’t spend at least 80 percent of it’s premiums on actual care
via How to talk to your conservative brother-in-law about healthcare over the Fourth – The Ed Show.
Here’s another #GOP lie…False: Health care legislation imposes a 3.8% tax on all home sales
more at snopes.com: Home Sales Tax.
Mitt Romney campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said the governor disagrees with Republicans’ claim that the individual mandate is a “tax,” contradicting the party message since the Supreme Court ruled that Congress had authority to mandate people purchase insurance under the taxing power.
“The governor disagreed with the ruling of the Court,” Fehrnstrom said, “he agreed with the dissent, which was written by Justice Scalia, which very clearly stated that the mandate was not a tax”
more at Top Romney Adviser Breaks With Entire Republican Party: The Individual Mandate Is Not A Tax | ThinkProgress.
GOP is cutting off its nose to spite its face…
Hospitals are urging states to expand Medicaid under the new health-care law, bringing a potent political force to bear on governors who face pressure from Republican leaders to opt out of the beefed-up program.
more at Hospitals Urge Medicaid Expansion – WSJ.com.
Since Scott used to work for hospital giant HCA, this could be interesting…
Republican governors like Rick Scott of Florida who say they will defy President Barack Obama and opt out of a planned expansion of Medicaid health coverage for the poor are setting up a fight with the health care providers in their own backyards.
more at Health Care Reform Defiance By Republican Governors Worries Hospital Industry.
As usual, the GOP needs to brush up on its history…
In July of 1798, Congress passed – and President John Adams signed – “An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen.” The law authorized the creation of a government operated marine hospital service and mandated that privately employed sailors be required to purchase health care insurance.
via Congress Passes Socialized Medicine and Mandates Health Insurance -In 1798 – Forbes.
In response to all those health care haters on the right, Rick Ungar asks:
Is paying a speeding ticket the same as paying a tax?
via The All New And Improved Death Panel Nonsense-Obamacare As Middle Class Tax Increase – Forbes.