Roberts made right call on health care ruling
From: Bill Scarbrough
Received: July 10
Whoa, the fulminating and bellowing about the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare by the likes of Limbaugh, Beck and Fox News sounds like they’re all having apoplexy.
And on Sunday, I discovered that George Albers, in his Letter to the Editor, writing about his displeasure for what he mischievously calls the Affordable Healthcare Act, seems to have lost his cool as well.
A histrionic sentence like Mr. Albers wrote, “Next up on this administration’s agenda — religious freedoms.” is a little overboard when talking about health care.
Don’t you think?
Anyway folks, what we’re talking about here is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Have you noticed how these Republican tea partiers never use the full title.
Must be because everyone understands that the patient protection part means insurance companies will no longer be able to deny you coverage because of pre-existing conditions, drop your insurance because your medical expenses exceeded an annual or lifetime limit they imposed, will be required to apply 80 percent of your premium to your care instead of paying executives unlimited millions, will be required to keep your children insured until they’re 26, and the doughnut hole in the drug program for seniors will be closed. Plus many other protective measures.
Do you think the insurance companies would have voluntarily given you such protections? Meh.
The law also requires savings in Medicare. This has Republicans spinning around faster than protons in the Hadron collider.
They hailed their own budget proposals that made deep, deep cuts in Medicare; but when Medicare cuts were made part of the PPACA they howl that this is unfair to seniors.
You can’t make this stuff up.
Mr. Albers and all Republicans seem united in saying the PPACA is an “economically onerous bill.”
Hold on, the CBO estimates in the first decade the law will reduce the deficit by $210 billion and in the second decade a reduction of $1.2 trillion to the deficit will be achieved! This gives a whole new meaning to “economically onerous.”
Love it when Mr. Albers calls a bill that will save over a trillion dollars a bill that ”essentially flushes the toilet that our economy has been drowning in.” Does this have anything to do with drowning the government in the bathtub? Republicans have signed a pledge to do that.
OK, enough of the silliness.
All Republicans are agonizing over Chief Justice John Roberts. The splenetic attacks began immediately because he betrayed them.
Let me tell you something. There have been 100 5/4 decisions in the court since 2005. Do you know in how many of those Roberts voted with the liberal members of the court? One. That’s right, one ... this one. Just shows you how the zealots will not tolerate any departure from the party line.
Mr. Albers did write one thing about the health care law that I fully agree with. He said, “This is not what our forefathers had envisioned for us as a free people.”
No they didn’t. Unfortunately they knew nothing about modern health care. As late as the assassination of President Garfield in 1881 his doctor was poking around in the bullet hole in his gut with an unsterilized finger. Lister’s work on sterilization in 1860 was not accepted in America. Garfield died months later because of infection.
No, our forefathers could not envision modern medicine nor the necessity for a government role in it for a free people.
Residents deserve best not cheapest ambulance
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