Here's To Your Health (Care)!

In the wake of the decision to uphold health care reform, it felt like Republicans spent a lot of time trying to cynically spin the whole thing back in their favor.

In the aftermath of Thursday’s historic Supreme Court decision, there was one thing that was bothering me.

(OK, maybe there were a lot of things bothering me, but this was the main one.)

Why were the Republicans falling over themselves with their three messages?

First: It’s not health care reform, it’s OBAMA-CARE

Second: See, see! It’s a tax! It’s a tax!

Lastly, and most laughable: Elect us, and we’ll repeal it and then we’ll fix it.

So, let me get this straight. If you have your way, you’ll repeal the whole thing and start all over again with a do-nothing Congress that hasn’t worked together on anything of much importance in how long? Oh, and it's cool you're going to keep most of the mandates in the act. But you’ll be in the majority this time, so this whole health care reform will be OK because, most importantly of all, you’ll get the credit.


First off, if it makes you feel better, start calling it Romney-Care, since the former governor laid down a lot of the blueprint in Massachusetts.

And secondly, when in the last 10 years has a Republican-led Congress done anything that helped the majority of Americans in this way? Or, at the very least, been cooperative to the point that something might get done?

The Patriot Act? Sure, if you like your rights trampled.

No Child Left Behind? A nice idea, but one that made education nothing more than getting a few tests passed.

The Tax Rebate in 2001? That sure was nice of President George W. Bush to give us some money … only to tax us on it again the next year. Oh, and bet the government wished it had that money back when we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001.

Sure, they get style points for making sure we were protected in a time of crisis. Well, until Katrina. Darn natural disasters. Can’t wage war against them.

And, OK, it’s a tax. But don’t we already pay for people’s health care? Medicare, Medicaid and Medical covered both of my now deceased in-laws. They both had periods of lengthy treatment. And we, as the family, never saw a bill. Except in our paychecks.

Are there problems with the law? I’m sure there are. But I’m no expert on these things. That’s why I vote for people who have much more experience and know-how on these subjects to be my proxy in Washington.

I don’t expect them to tell me what to do all the time, or fix all of my problems. But I do expect them to be looking out for the best interests of ALL of the people in this country, not just the ones whose success has afforded them the wealth to take care of themselves.

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KJ July 09, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Now why on earth would I want to do that, Diana. For the first time in over seven years I, as a self-employed person, finally have good health insurance and it is only because of the Affordable Healthcare Act that I do. The PCIP program in California is fantastic and I'm so very grateful to President Obama and all who voted for the passage of the ACA.
KJ July 09, 2012 at 08:26 AM
No, it went into effect in 2010, shortly after it was signed on March 23. The PCIP commenced July 1, 2010, as did other provisions of the Act. Certain other provisions won't go into effect until 2014. Among other things accomplished thus far, and discussed very little from what I've seen, is the recovery of billions of taxpayer dollars over a three-year period thanks in part to the fraud provisions of the Act. In 2011 alone, $4.1 billion dollars was recovered. Prosecutions for fraud have increased 75% in three years, as well. I've seen it firsthand and am happy to see we finally have an administration that is serious about fighting not only consumer fraud, but provider fraud. It's about time.
flo July 10, 2012 at 04:21 AM
use your enthusiam to stop 500 low to lower housing units from being built around Diamond Ranch High School!!
Popeye July 11, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Ha ha ha Tea Bagger Mitt was booed for saying ObamaCare...ha ha ha...you must be a racist !! Also stupid Tea Baggers don't understand saying the term ObamaCare vs Affordable Heathcare Act is racist... So keep it going so I can laugh....ha ha ha
Caroline G. Ross July 21, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Healthcare is about as local as you can get. It's as local as inside everybody's living room. NOT to cover it would be ridiculous.


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