CNN's Tom Foreman sorts through competing statements about health care reform made by Democrats and Republicans.
It appears that only those who have adequate health insurance coverage and are afforded first-rate care are upset by the High Court's decision. In America, perhaps we as individuals have grown somewhat accustomed to having more than our neighbors, but the right to live certainly is not a valid argument. As we look at costs and taxes, we seem to look askance at the $500 billion bailout afforded by George H.W. Bush, along with the $700 billion provided by his son and Hank Paulson. Health care and the insurance industry, from an ethical standpoint, had to be regulated. Treated from the GOP viewpoint that it is simply another business, it has further reaching implications; such as people dying. Why have we grown away from the concept that we are Americans, and we either stand united, or dissolve individually? Lets get on with making America better for everybody; not only those who have the good fortune of hih-paying jobs and have no finanial worries. There was a time when unity was important; it appears that we are now afraid to stand together.
I find it humorous that, in order to get the Affordable Care Act passed, the Democrats' rallying point was that the Individual mandate (the part where those without healthcare are forced to pay a penalty to the I.R.S. of about 2.5% of their income) was not a tax. Yet, here the Supreme Court has decided that, seeing as the Act is unconstitutional by the Commerce Clause, classifying the Individual mandate as a tax is reason enough to declare the act constitutional. If you ask me, the Democrats in Congress have betrayed their constituents by lying to us all about how this wasn't a tax. Oh yes, and also, stocks all appear to have fallen today. Take the Dow, for instance. It fell over 122 points today. After all, why should American businesses that are struggling during this economic recession be forced to dole out healthcare to their employees? Also, what kinds if effects will this have in American business in the near future? Clearly investors everywhere are asking these questions. This was one of the worst times for this Act to have been passed. Needless to say, many Americans still feel that this Act is not only a terrible and unfair one, but it is unconstitutional as well. This is the last thing small businesses need during this economic recession. One estimate states that as many as 1 million American jobs could be lost because of this Act, and the government will spend an estimated $1 trillion over the next ten years because if it. This is just another expensive government failure.
If The Supreme Court rules against the so-called Obama Care based on the claim that the federal government has no jurisdiction to force everyone to pay, then, based on that assumption, Social Security should be outlawed. The U.S. has no hope of becoming a civilized country until it starts caring for all its people.
The public is forced to pay for the health insurance policies for the Supreme Court Justices and their families, as well as the members of the House of Representatives and Senate. This must be decided as being unjust as well.
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