The R’s hate it when you call it “Obamneycare”. They particularly hate it when you point out that their very own presumptive Presidential nominee engineered just such a health care program when he was governor of Massachusetts. (Actually, they kind of hate it when you point out that their presumptive Presidential candidate was governor of Massachusetts.) They hate it most of all that the “individual mandate” they claim to hate so much was first proposed years ago by Republicans, that examples of it go back to the founding of the Republic and that it was first written into law by the self-same governor of Massachusetts they’re about to nominate for President.
But what they hate most of all is that last week the Supreme Court found the Affordable Care Act, complete with the individual mandate, constitutional.
This has led to a lot of shenanigans over the past weekend. A number of Republican governors have suggested that they won’t implement various elements of the act and will refuse any additional Federal money to expand Medicaid, as provided by the act and will, to the best of their ability, frustrate any implementation of the act in their states. In the first place, we’re not entirely sure how these governors think they’re going to avoid jail for refusing to obey the law…we will refer them to South Carolina’ Nullification Act in 1832 and President Andrew Jackson’s response to it to see that the primacy of Federal law was settled for all time. And we in California recall the refusal of some of these same governors to take their share of the stimulus money provided by the Recovery Act in 2009. We were more than pleased to take any moneys they didn’t want!
Nearly to a man, the R’s claim they’re going to repeal what they refer derisively as “Obamacare”. This assumes, of course, that they’re going to win the election in November…not only hold onto the House, but win the Senate and elect Mitt Romney President. There is some evidence in recent polls that little if any of this is going to happen.
We also wonder what’s going to happen when the electorate finally learns what the R’s want to take away from them. Most of the Affordable Care Act has yet to take effect…but some of it has. Insurance companies are no longer permitted to refuse to insure children due to pre-existing conditions…and the full act will extend the same benefit to adults. It closes the “donut hole” on prescription drugs, dramatically lower drug costs for our seniors. Our young people can now remain on their parents insurance until age 26, thus assuring insurance to college graduates unable to find jobs.
The R’s plan to take these benefits away. Really? What do you think of that, Mr. Voter?
The plain fact of the matter is that the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, duly upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States, led by its extremely conservative Chief Justice. The R’s should just get over it.