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.
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.
A good explanation from Rick Ungar about how the GOP is trying to trick people with the whole tax-penalty thing:
In the opening paragraphs of Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion, he clarifies that the law specifically does not involve a tax. If it did, Roberts clarifies, the Court would have had no choice but to reject the case for lack of jurisdiction as a tax case cannot be brought until someone is actually forced to pay the tax. This is, as we know, not the case.
The fact that the Court found that the mandate was constitutional under the taxing authority granted Congress by the Constitution is an entirely different matter. This finding does not reduce the individual mandate to the status of a tax—it merely says that as the penalty for failing to purchase health insurance will fall to the Internal Revenue Service for collection, it was something Congress could provide for under its Constitutional authority.
via Don’t Buy The GOP Narrative That Obamacare Is A Tax On Middle Class-It’s A Lie Designed To Mislead – Forbes.
Health Reform Hits Main Street
Confused about how the new health reform law really works? This short, animated movie — featuring the “YouToons” — explains the problems with the current health care system, the changes that are happening now, and the big changes coming in 2014. From the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.