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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Popeye July 04, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Tea Bagger American Girl has friends...ha ha ha Dingle berry friends.. Dishonoring Veterans, I expect no less behavior from a Tea Bagger..
Popeye July 04, 2012 at 11:47 PM
ha ha ha Tea Bagger American Girl is lecturing on not believing everything your read. ha ha ha hilarious...
Popeye July 04, 2012 at 11:48 PM
LOL..Three Thumbs Up!
Tonto July 05, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Popeye + Martha + true love :) 2 good communists :) HA HA HA
Popeye July 05, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Tea Bagger Brian thinks Romney leadership would do better??? Please enlighten us of his qualification since this is his second time running for office...is this best the Tea Baggers can bring to the table? I can see deep economic melt down just like ending of President Bush's term. Also Tea Bagger check the price of fuel...
Tonto July 05, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Worried aren't you Poopeye?
Tonto July 05, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Swabbing the decks takes it toll :)
Popeye July 05, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Tonto, I am worried as much as you voting for President Obama and removing yourself from the Tea Bagger terrorist clan. Ha ha ha
Tonto July 05, 2012 at 01:32 AM
ha ha ha, I told you before........ my vote will cancel out your vote :) ha ha
Popeye July 05, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Tonto, California will vote President Obama...that gives you an indication on how your vote counts....ha ha ha
Tonto July 05, 2012 at 02:04 AM
What is new Swabby? HE ha HE ha :)
Martha L. Bridges July 05, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Your posting is completely inaccurate and without merit, and typical of the outrageous personal attacks that occur here on the Patch. It adds nothing to the discussion of the subject at hand.
Roberto July 05, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Popeye 4:22 pm on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 Tea Bagger American Girl has friends...ha ha ha Dingle berry friends.. Dishonoring Veterans, I expect no less behavior from a Tea Bagger.. REPLY: What kinda patriotic American would use his so-called service to America to denigrate another American? Answer, a puke like poopeye. Oh yes ha-ha-ha
Popeye July 05, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Tea Bagger Roberto, Tea Baggers are not Americans but an internal Terrorist organization. Your response is normal for your Anti-American organization..
Popeye July 05, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Ha ha ha
Tonto July 06, 2012 at 12:34 AM
The number one health epidemic in the nation is obeasity.......what does Oblamer do????..........floods the country with record hand outs of food stamps.
beta blue July 06, 2012 at 08:05 PM
diana, while you are keeping vigilant on the bank transaction tax, watch out for this imminent "sneak-a-tax" from the lacounty supervisors... http://walnut.patch.com/articles/walnut-property-owners-to-be-asked-to-ok-tax#comments
Diana July 06, 2012 at 08:59 PM
beta blue, thanks again for the information. Being a business owner I have experienced several taxes that have occurred that no one would know unless they were a business Owner. First time in 20 yrs we not pay a $500+ storm drain fee, multi-tenant building all businesses pay it so times that by 14, fee? Tax, all the same. We now also pay the EVMWD a sewer permit fee, tax, $400+ per year. We pay a district tax to the State Board of Equalization on our sales taxes that we collect for them, new this past couple of years. As a company we pay higher social security and medicare then the employees, it used to be matched. This past year my payroll tax updates have become a ping pong ball scale, they used to change twice a year Jan and July, now I am updating weekly, and we wonder why businesses are out of the Country, out of the State and out of the City. I myself am taxed to death workerscomp went up $1100.00 with no claims, I can barely afford to give my guys a raise and paid vacation.
beta blue July 06, 2012 at 10:06 PM
i sympathize with you, diana...businesses are over taxed and over regulated already and even more so when the economy tanks -- double hit with loss of income (customers) and increased taxes, (fees), and/or regs...i'm surprised you haven't closed yet and gone to another state or abroad... america is in a sad state now...in the past, i remember seeing a president on video exhorting americans, "...ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."...now, it seems reversed - the country is bent on doing everything and you, the people, demand handouts (like a baby for its bottle) from the country
Diana July 06, 2012 at 11:31 PM
@beta blue, true there are many that rely on the Government to take care of everything for them and that is one of the reasons we are in the shape we are in. People don't want to think or be responsible for themselves so little by little we release our freedom to Government control and before we know it there will be no freedom. As to your comment about leaving the Country, State or abroad, i'm an American, a proud American, born and raised by ancestors that worked their butts off to get what they wanted, long hours and doing without, that is my background and I am not a quitter, we will stand up and endure the taxes, regulations, insurances and what it takes to keep our employees working and our doors open. It is the American way right? Don't be a quitter? It's frustrating but we'll keep fighting the fight, without our hands out for Government assistance.
Popeye July 07, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Ha ha ha. I hope they moved the people into your home Tea Bagger Brian. Ha ha ha!!! Stop the hate!
Thomas Blair July 07, 2012 at 04:14 PM
@American Girl - where do you get that liberals have a problem with conservatives being wealthy? Given that wealthy liberals spend their money trying to RAISE their own taxes whereas conservatives (you know, the so-called "Christian" party) spend their money trying to lower their own taxes... like Jesus wanted. Liberals/Progressives love wealth they just feel that people should pay for what they use. I realize you conservatives like to give public money away to freeloaders who don't want to pay for things they use but we liberals/progressives are in favor of making people who can pay for the things they use, pay for them.
Cat July 07, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Thanks Jill, that certainly explains a lot!
Tonto July 07, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Diana July 09, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Call 202-224-3121*******The Capitol Switchboard, tell them to repeal OBAMACARE!
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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