Skip to comments.Health Care Ruling Changes National Debate(Right-Wing Extremism Suffered Big Political Defeat)
Posted on 06/30/2012 6:05:33 AM PDT by Son House
Wow. How quickly the press changes their reporting.
With the Supreme Court ruling yesterday upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), today's front section of the Detroit Free Press has the following headlines:
"Hospital execs promise improved care" "Up to 500,000 more poor people will get coverage in Michigan" "Many find hope in ruling" "Many of law's provisions already proving popular"
and a two-thirds page description of the law's consumer protections already in effect and those still to come.
I was amazed.
Why hadn't I seen such praises of the law before in the Free Press or other big media? How did momentum change so rapidly?
Yes, occasional pieces talked about the benefits, but nothing like this. Today's extensive array of articles speak of how as many as a half-million of Michigan's lowest income residents will get government-funded Medicaid insurance. They report that many are already receiving ACA benefits such as coverage for children with pre-existing conditions, seniors who get extra benefits and community health centers in line for extra funding.
Additionally, 10 insurers in Michigan who failed to spend more than 80 percent of their insurance dollars on medical care will be forced to mail rebate checks, averaging $214 each, to 114,000 residents. And in 2014, tax credits will help low to middle income people, who fall between 100 percent and 400 percent of the poverty level, buy insurance - very impressive when you think about the 50 million people without any health insurance.
All in all, today's reporting is a great breath of fresh air, but why such a big change?
Right-wing extremism, which demonizes and intimidates those with opposing points of view (to such an extent that one seldom hears those other points of view - except, for example, here at peoplesworld.org), suffered a big political defeat with the Supreme Court ruling.
Right wing Republicans have been attacking the health reform bill as un-American, an over-reach of big government, ridiculing it as "nanny state" politics and more. They have tried to paint President Obama as illegitimate, claiming both his birth certificate and his politics are foreign.
But with a ruling read by Chief Justice John Roberts, questions about Obama's "legitimacy" become much more difficult. A signature piece of his presidency was given a constitutional, born in the U.S., stamp of approval.
After the election of Obama in 2008, we may have fallen asleep at the wheel. Right-wing Republicans did not, and they obstructed every progressive piece of legislation Democrats introduced. With Thursday's court ruling the dynamic begins to change - if we act now.
We should be asking how to turn yesterday's victory into a bigger one. How do we fight to implement the best features in this law and improve those areas that need it?
How do we use the ruling to emphasize the main question is not how big government is, but rather, is government working to help people or not?
Yesterday's ruling also lends new momentum to defeat the Republican-backed, job-killing Ryan budget, with its emphasis on corporate profits, privatization and a dismantling of the social safety net. That budget runs counter to the intent of the ACA.
Momentum is shifting, a new debate is possible. The 99 percent, not right-wing extremism, won a big round.
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Thanks Son House.
Roberts legitimacy is now much easier question.
Those most enamored of communism/socialism are the least productive members of society who want those goodies that accrue to the most productive. Their agenda is detrimental to a productive society resulting in their attempt to hide that agenda by calling themselves progressives or liberals. These communist/socialists who call themselves progressives or liberals now control both parties and those two parties are rapidly bringing this nation to rule by man, loss of all property and enslavement.
The point I see is a difference being made, by folks know what is in the US Constitution and why it is in there, like the TEA Party in purging more RINO’s from the Republican Party.
Here's all Romney has to do get rid of this crap. When he's President, order the Treasury Dept. to grant automatic waivers on the IRS forms for any compliance to any aspect, including fines, for Obamacare. He wouldn't be granting amnesty since the SCOTUS rules it wasn't a criminal act, it's basically forgiving any taxes involved which the IRS does everyday for other things.
He could do this for at least 4 years and by then maybe congress can have some sort of repeal of it.
Not forgetting the Democrats total lack of promoting what is in our US Constitution for the people who truly want freedom in the middle east. Instead we hear statements like it is up to them to pick the Government they want, like Theocracy is just fine...
That kind of RINO action just reinforces the behavior for the next Dem president.
What Roberts did was prove that we can't trust RINOs or the people RINOs appoint in any way, shape or form. They always come back to bite you.
The press (ALL of it) are slavish, and want to suck up to the winners... and regardless of the substance (and who ever pays attention to that?) Roberts handed Obama a victory. No way around that face-slapping fact.
It’s still stunning a day later, but that’s what it is. Ignore the media blather right now (it always subsides), work on a REAL alternative to the ACA and go to war in the fall election.
Haven't heard the Tea Party doing much of anything. Please, hope you are right. Without getting these anti Republicans out we will have one hell of a time doing much of anything, especially the Senate.
“Here’s all Romney has to do get rid of this crap. When he’s President, order the Treasury Dept. to grant automatic waivers on the IRS forms for any compliance to any aspect, including fines, for Obamacare. He wouldn’t be granting amnesty since the SCOTUS rules it wasn’t a criminal act, it’s basically forgiving any taxes involved which the IRS does everyday for other things.”
It’s a little start. Folks don’t realize that the Individual Mandate is just a small part of the law. The 1,900 plus grants of authority to make up regulations that govern our lives minutely would still be there. The bureaucracy making them up and enforcing them would still be there. The State Exchanges would still be there. The employer mandate would still be there. This is a HUGE bill with HUGE ramifications far beyond gutting the Individual Mandate.
No, the waiver was written in the law and like any tax law, it can be waived.
If Romney wanted not to look like he’s circumventing the law then reduce the tax penalty to $1 for every thousand owed. Tax negotiations happen every day.
Obama just lost the election because 90% of Americans are sick and tired of these mandatory social programs in order support the 10% ghetto slugs.
I like one part of the article: it got a born in the US constitutional stamp of approval.
Yup, it sure did. As did slavery under Dred Scott and infanticide under Roe and unlimited property confiscation under Kelo. The thing it didn’t resolve were the more nagging questions like...do conservatives want to continue to play this rigged game of political 3 card monte?
How will they track who has insurance?
Actually, they won a few primaries, Lugar being probably the biggest;
Dingy Harry Laments Lugar Loss
May 11, 2012
REID: (whispering) I’m worried when I see dedicated patriots like Senator Lugar drummed out by Tea Party zealots for being too willing to cooperate.
The Tea Party is Alive and Well
May 04, 2012
Yeah, and just look at the adverse thinking of one SCOTUS Majority Ruling Members on the US Constitutional;
Ruth Bader Ginsburg says no to the U.S. Constitution.
Ginsburg “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012.”
Assuming you can trust Mitt, to what end do we expend such a great wealth of treasure & effort so that we may be secure in his “benevolent care” for only anther 4 years.
Even if we could win this election we can never hope to win every other election, nor could we hope that our politicians would remain honest if we did.
We need a Constitution(limits) of Government. Only in a constitution may any of our liberties be secure.
The federal despots will demand you send them proof.
Dropping the penalty to 1$ will not work. It will bankrupt the goernment plan, as well as the private insurers as nobody will buy insurance until needed.
A $1 penalty will work only if all Federal regs on what must be insured are dropped, as well as the requirement to take pre-existing conditions.
This law is so severely screwed up, complete repeal is the only answer. But then I think that was the intent, to make the only answer the one that will be the hardest to do.