The Health Care Reform. It took 14 months of debate, the abandoning of town hall meetings by elected officials across the nation (like our New York politicians Sen. Gillibrand and Rep. Maurice Hinchey), a super-majority of Democrats in Congress, and several very special deals made in the middle of the night. All of that had to be coupled with at least a dozen revisions of the 2100+ page law, that in the end was voted on before anyone knew what was in the law, what it completely authorized, or the ink was dry. If they actually were the type of politician that would bother to read it, as several admitted they weren’t.
Since that passage, the Health Care Reform has done 1 thing very well – gather dissent. Almost immediately after the law was signed, public corporations disclosed hundreds of billions of dollars in new losses and costs due to the law as they are required to do – costs that could only grow larger with time if these companies continued to provide healthcare for their employees. So far, most are still debating if providing healthcare is worth the ever growing cost according to the law’s structure.
Since passage the CBO has revealed that any projected cost savings in healthcare for the nation were the faulty calculations due to incomplete data. Given the full scope of the law and it’s entire language the once projected $100 million gain has turned into a complete burden on the nation. It will in fact add billions to the national deficit in the first 10 years. If it is anything like Medicaide it will add trillions a year to the deficit before the law is a quarter century old.
These are facts that cannot be disputed about the Health Care Reform Law. They have all been covered by the news media for months. But what has also been on-going almost from the minute of the singing of the law was the effort to get the law repealed. Something that has been far less covered by the media.
Currently 26 States are involved with lawsuits blocking the Health Care Reform Law. Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming
Two federal judges have already upheld the law, a federal judge in Virginia ruled the insurance mandate unconstitutional, and today U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled the entire Health Care Reform violates people’s rights by forcing them to buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties.
At one point in the debate over the Health Care Reform, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (then Speaker of the House) famously stated that
Americans have found out what the law has in it, and they don’t like it. 60% of Americans polled since the day the law was passed dislike this Bill. That’s Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.
Now with this latest obstacle from Florida, the Obama Administration must seek the Supreme Court to retain the piece of history that President Obama held above all the rest of his 2008 campaign promises. The Obama Administration is fighting tooth and nail for a law, that was never agreed upon by a majority of the population nor a mix of the elected politicians from both political parties.
What is at stake is far more than healthcare. Judge Vinson stated in his ruling
“Or, as discussed during oral argument, Congress could require that people buy and consume broccoli at regular intervals,” he wrote, “Not only because the required purchases will positively impact interstate commerce, but also because people who eat healthier tend to be healthier, and are thus more productive and put less of a strain on the health care system.”
As great as that logic may sound for proponnents of Health Care Reform, substitute broccoli with peanuts, or (if we take consume to also mean buy and use and also remove the eat requirement) grey jeans, or dayglow yellow cars that run on rubberbands. As absurd as the substitution may be, given a Government approved report of benefit to health, ANYTHING may be substituted for broccoli. With minor amendment, this law can authorize the Government to do almost anything, and limit the freedoms of the public to almost nothing.
14 months of shady deals, revisions that no one got to read and so much lawyer-ese writting that even if it was read the true meaning is obscure at best. All to get a law most people don’t want, and was only possible in a political climate that can only be described as rare and extreme.
America can do better than this. We can only hope that the Supreme Court will agree on that point. President Obama already has a legacy as the first Black President, massively restrictive laws that impede freedom need not be created to ensure he will be remembered.
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