Way to go Chief Justice John Roberts! Welcome to the fight to preserve America.
Yesterday the United States finally joined the rest of the civilized world by putting into place a comprehensive plan to ensure health care coverage to all its citizens.
Chief Justice Roberts joined the liberal wing of the Supreme Court in voting 5-4 to uphold the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
President Obama welcomed the ruling, calling it, “a victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more secure.”
Not surprisingly the response from the Republicans and their presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, was less than enthusiastic.
“Obamacare was bad policy yesterday, it’s bad policy today,” said Romney. “Obamacare was bad law yesterday, it’s bad law today.”
This was another example of Romney condemning a detailed plan without offering any alternative proposal.
Ironically, Romney implemented a similar universal health care reform act while governor of Massachusetts in 2006, commonly referred to as “Romneycare.”
I appreciate how Republicans might see universal care as an intrusion by the federal government into what they consider states’ rights or private matters of individuals.
That is a debatable topic, but if Republicans don’t like the current law then come up with a “detailed” alternative that includes a valid method of payment.
Promises and platitudes are cheap.
America can’t afford its current health care system.
Some may not like investing in universal health care, but similar to the financial bailouts under Presidents Bush and Obama, it’s necessary.
Inaction would be disastrous.
And can we please leave this whole “socialized medicine will lead to socialism” argument alone. It’s ignorant and does nothing but stir up fear.
Whether people want to recognize it or not, aspects of socialism are already present in American society. Police, firemen, soldiers, judges — the list goes on; we all contribute money through taxes to pay for these services, which ensures a similar level of quality is provided across the country.
This doesn’t mean we’re suddenly not going to have any choices.
The individual mandate aspect of the health care reform act functions like car insurance. Anyone who drives a car must buy auto insurance. If you get caught without it there is a financial penalty.
That seems pretty fair.
“No longer will Americans be a heart attack or a car crash away from bankruptcy,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “No longer will Americans live in fear of losing their health insurance because they lose their jobs.”
Unfortunately I’m afraid fear is what much of this debate is about.
Fear by the Republican leadership and the top 1 percent that they might lose some of the privilege they currently enjoy; and fear projected by Republicans across the health care debate because it makes people easier to control.
Our most basic necessities are food and shelter. Medical care is next.
The fact that a country as wealthy as America doesn’t provide its citizens access to health care is barbaric.
I’m not sure what it is specifically that so frightens Republicans about health care reform. I suppose if the plan works they risk being labeled as out of touch, or worse, heartless, because the lack of compassion on display by most opposing the Supreme Court decision yesterday was staggering.
Republican leaders exhibited what I would call predatory behavior, in wanting to ensure those without health benefits would continue to be disenfranchised.
Lacking health care or access to another method of coverage outside your job really boxes in a person. It precludes choices, and very easily can make workers feel scared, vulnerable and desperate, thus susceptible to being preyed upon.
We need an entrepreneurial work force, one that is willing to take chances, but until yesterday that wasn’t possible, especially for older workers and those with families, because they couldn’t risk loosing access to health benefits.
Universal care removes this key stumbling block that was hindering America’s future potential, and empowers its people to compete on a global platform, by not making us hostages to the current health care system – which is the most expensive in the world and provides one of the poorest rates of return.
From the standpoint of being able to treat acute illnesses, America’s medical care remains among the best available, but the inefficiencies and costs associated with generic care across the country leaves it ranked 37th by the World Health Organization, behind Costa Rica, Canada and Norway to name a few.
“What the court did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day if elected president,” said Romney. “I will act to repeal Obamacare.”
Really, that is the first thing you want to tackle if elected president – revoking health care coverage to 30-million people?!?
This Supreme Court ruling is damning on two levels for Republicans.
First, that the majority included Chief Justice Roberts, who was nominated to the court by George W. Bush, and is one of its more conservative members. His putting the stamp of approval on this plan prevents detractors from shirking it off as some liberal edict.
Secondly, it validates the authority of President Obama. People generally take in an array of issues before finally making a decision on whom to vote for, but one overarching concern is always whether a person is a strong leader.
This affirmation of Obama’s signature piece of legislation unquestionable sends the message that he is a dynamic thinker who can put his ideas into action and deliver results.
That is a priceless commodity on the campaign trail.
Major kudos to Nancy Pelosi, who showed great leadership throughout this process in securing the necessary votes in the House; also to Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., who brought this case before the Supreme Court. Many criticized his oral argument, but it carried the day.
And finally a mention of Senator Ted Kennedy, who made it his life’s work to bring national health insurance to the people of this country. He didn’t live long enough to see this day, but his fingerprints are all over this landmark legislation.
We get caught up in debating the minutiae of every intricacy surrounding the health care debate. Give the plan a chance.
It has taken 100-years for this day to arrive, since Theodore Roosevelt first proposed the idea back in 1912.
We asked for change. President Obama was elected on a promise to bring change and he delivered. We should applaud his administration’s efforts to design and implement a workable solution.
It’s a historic day, one worthy of celebration, as the Supreme Court spoke loudly in support of President Obama, who is leading the charge for America to have a more prosperous tomorrow.