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Friday, June 29, 2012

Anti-Healthcare Republicans: Go Back to Law School

If the Supreme Court had overturned Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the Far Right had their talking points all lined up:

Obama spent almost two years cobbling this bill together, and it turned out to be unconstitutional.  Obama is a former law professor and he can’t even come up with a bill that the Supreme Court will uphold.  Etc.

So now that “Obamacare” has been upheld by the Supreme Court, let’s turn things around.  Republicans have wasted two years trying to get the Affordable Care Act overturned.  How many millions of dollars — and how many billions of man-hours — did Republicans squander on this empty charade?

Twenty-six state attorneys general took part in this clueless attempt to get the Affordable Care Act overturned.  Isn’t an attorney general supposed to be a lawyer?  Did any of these insurance industry hacks even go to law school?

What about that “Loser Pays” concept that conservatives love so much?  Will the taxpayers get back some of their money that got wasted on this frivolous lawsuit?


Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

Frankly, this program is so bad I wouldn't have been terribly upset if SCOTUS had scrapped it. Obama should have had the scrotes to veto the abortion in the first place. This simply kicks it back to Congress which is where it belongs. I am reveling in the in seeing something smeared in the neocons faces however.

June 30, 2012 at 5:16 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Taxpayers? Get money back? Huh? Parlez-vous anglais?

June 30, 2012 at 5:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most people forget that there was Republican Amendments in this bill. I wonder how many of them survived the SCOTUS scrutiny?

I also sense a very narrow avenue in Roberts Opinion that wont open a floodgate of the Government making certain things mandatory.

The Union has been preserved


June 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Not a one of them has stopped to consider this was the Heritage Foundations 90s style healthcare proposal. Well what with HF being a big old liberal think tank and all, I guess they want to put that out of their minds.

I think this has just given some states *cough cough** CA, VT WA and a few others the ability to get single payer type programs in place before 2014. That is my hope anyway. One of my aunts is doing some pro bono work for CA One Care and she let me know the other day things are going to ramp up on that sooner rather than later in her estimation. I know, that's kind of, my husband's sisters' hairdresser's dogs fleas type of thing but it is what it is.

June 30, 2012 at 2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

June 30, 2012 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

You raise a good point about all those state AG's. Voters in their states should be asking pointed questions about political motives — and hackery.

July 1, 2012 at 12:36 AM  
Blogger Trey Smith said...

You're right about the "talking points," but the "talking points" themselves are wrong. People (even politicians) should stand up and fight for what they believe in, even if they are sure at the outset that it's a lost cause. If you only are willing to fight for legislation that you KNOW will win, then you will find yourself serving in a dysfunctional Congress...sort of like the one we have now!

July 1, 2012 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Demeur said...

Oh Jess our gov up here in Wa. state has already said she'll be setting up exchanges very soon and will be more than happy to participate in the federal Medicaid program. Who wouldn't turn down federal help in these economic times? Oh I forgot there are governors missing noses somewhere.

And to those who would be critical of this bill I say, well have you actually read it? It's not perfect but it is a start. Why should we as an industrialized nation be the only ones on the planet with no health care for all its' citizens?

July 1, 2012 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mr. C: When Obama first got elected, he should have used his political capital and filibuster-proof senate to pass the public option. Most voters were in favor of the public option until the HMOs waged their jillion dollar PR campaign against it.

Randal: Mais la rêverie est un plaisir.

Erik: Just you wait, we'll all be eating broccoli at gunpoint someday :)

Jess: It's all over the Internet that the Heritage Foundation came up with this in the early '90s. But as long as Fox and the talk radio spewers don't mention it, their followers will remain unaware.

I'd love to see Single Payer set up state by state.

SW: You're right, and this includes our own beloved AG. There was talk that Gregoire had the authority to withhold funding for McKenna's role in the anti-healthcare lawsuit. If that's true, she should have used it.

Trey: I agree completely. I was mostly just throwing the Right's own talking points back at them.

Demeur: I agree, this bill is a start, as cumbersome as it is. When Social Security first got established in the 1930s, the program was convoluted, incomplete and everybody hated it for one reason or another. Fortunately it survived and was improved on.

July 1, 2012 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Who wouldn't turn down federal help in these economic times?

Talk about a plan.

July 1, 2012 at 7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In seeing Mitney say "Repeal and Replace", I wonder why people aren't asking the obvious: "Replace with WHAT, specifically?"

Typical of today's rhetoric to rally up the loyal opposition with such catchy phrases, but (of course) they don't want to offer any real alternatives. Don't want to get pinned down to statements and policies that will be unpalatable to the suggestible many.

Why are we not demanding specifics?


July 5, 2012 at 9:27 AM  

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