June 30, 2012

Open Thread - Health Care Law

I have a question for my friends who work in health care...What do you think of this health care law?

Star Spangled Banner - I Like It!

The Healthcare Industry Is Evil


Happy Taxes!!! Whoo-Hoo!!!

Tax Tax Tax Tax Tax

Bashing The Anthem Much

If I Were The Devil

Paul Harvey was a very smart man.

June 29, 2012

Behavior Modification by Taxation

Behavior modification by way of taxation ~ Allen West

Control in the name of Health Care

I am very disturbed by what has gone on in this country for the last 4 years. Yesterday’s ruling exposed the fact that when this health care law went to the Supreme Court it was unconstitutional. Take a look at all the states that have filed suit against this law. I thought that a health care law was supposed to be for people that don’t have health insurance. I never thought in a million years that companies stood the possibility of being penalized for the health plans that are offered to their employees. I certainly don’t think people should be fined or jailed for not wanting to purchase the Govt plan. You guys out there screaming about having choices and freedom to do as you please, I don't understand how you can be okay with this. Now we will have no competition between health insurance companies because they will all be driven into the ground because the Govt wants to control you, all of you, in the name of health care. Health care is the smoke screen and what happened yesterday is a disgrace to what the founding fathers fought to preserve.

Obamacare Survived Yesterday

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld nearly all of President Obama's health care overhaul, in a landmark ruling that will have sweeping consequences for the economy, the election and America's health care system.

In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled as constitutional the so-called individual mandate requiring most Americans to obtain health insurance starting in 2014. The ruling is a victory for the president, ensuring for now that his signature domestic policy achievement remains mostly intact. It also ensures that the law will play a prominent role in the general election campaign, as Republican candidate Mitt Romney vows to repeal the law if elected.

Obama is expected to speak publicly about the ruling later in the day.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who was appointed during a Republican administration, joined the four left-leaning justices on the bench in crafting the majority decision.

"The Affordable Health Care Act survives largely unscathed," Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of those justices, declared at the end of the reading, claiming the "setbacks" going forward will be "temporary blips, not permanent obstructions."

The ruling relied on a technical explanation of how the individual mandate could be categorized. Roberts, in the opinion, said the mandate could not be upheld under the Constitution's Commerce Clause. However, it could be upheld under the government's power to tax.

"The Affordable Care Act is constitutional in part and unconstitutional in part The individual mandate cannot be upheld as an exercise of Congress's power under the Commerce Clause," Roberts wrote. "That Clause authorizes Congress to regulate interstate commerce, not to order individuals to engage it. In this case, however, it is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but choose to go without health insurance. Such legislation is within Congress's power to tax."

Roberts stressed that the decision does not speak to the merits of the law. "We do not consider whether the act embodies sound policies. That judgment is entrusted to the nation's elected leaders," he said.

The ruling did rein in one element of the law -- the expansion of Medicaid across the country to take in millions of low-income Americans. The opinion allows Washington to offer more funding to states to expand the program, but says the federal government cannot penalize states for not participating in the new program by withholding existing Medicaid funds.

Democrats, many of whom were bracing for the court striking down the mandate, celebrated the decision Thursday.

Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., told Fox News that the ruling "gives us the opportunity to re-sell the bill, which we did not do before."

But Republicans vowed to re-double their campaign to repeal the still-controversial law.

"Today's ruling underscores the urgency of repealing this harmful law in its entirety," House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement. "Republicans stand ready to work with a president who will listen to the people and will not repeat the mistakes that gave our country ObamaCare."

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was thought to be the swing vote on the decision, joined the minority in describing the whole law as invalid.

"The act is invalid in its entirety," Kennedy said from the bench. He went on to say the administration went to "great lengths to structure the mandate as a penalty, not a tax" -- challenging the majority's rationale for upholding the mandate.

Despite the persistent resistance to the law and the possibility that it could still be repealed, the historic decision Thursday will offer some measure of vindication for Obama, who devoted the first half of his term to pushing it through Congress.

The overhaul was one of the central planks of Obama's 2008 run for president. The faltering economy only later took a leading role in the race as the financial markets spiraled around the time of the party conventions. Obama, after taking the oath of office, dispatched with his administration's recession response by swiftly passing through the roughly $800 billion stimulus package.

The president immediately pivoted back to health care. He tasked allies in Congress with working out the specifics of a proposal, a process that would play out on the national stage over the course of a year.

As the economy continued to struggle, the debate over the health care bill became increasingly contentious. The financial industry bailout helped spawn the Tea Party, but that movement also rallied around opposition to the health care bill -- it was assailed by critics as a "takeover" of American health care, even as Democrats backed off items on their original wish list such as a government-run insurance plan.

The January 2010 election of Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, to fill the seat left by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, threw a wrench into Democrats' plans as it gave Republicans enough seats to mount a filibuster. The Senate had already passed one version of the bill, but this put pressure on the House to effectively approve it or watch their goal of health care reform wither.

Ultimately, Democrats worked out a series of deals and approved the bill, which Obama signed, delivering on a central campaign promise. But only after a protracted and politically damaging debate, which contributed heavily to Democratic losses in the 2010 midterm elections.

The decision Thursday virtually guarantees the health care law will remain at the forefront of the 2012 campaign.

Hat Tip: Supreme Court upholds individual mandate, ObamaCare survives

Friends Help Friends MOVE!!

21 Tax Hikes by The Washington Times

No Taxation Without Misrepresentation

I'm a Big Fat Liar

America The Beautiful

O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea!

Abraham Lincoln Quote

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the mean who would pervert the Constitution. ~Abraham Lincoln

The Food Stamp Program

Tax. Tax. Tax. Tax. Tax.

Obama Vs. The Supreme Court

Confiscating Wealth For Redistribution

Party On Dudes!

Liar Liar Pants On Fire

Obama = LIAR


More Affordable Health Care - NOT!

Ask Your Doctor About Obamacare

I Will Not Comply!

I Am The Tea Party

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. ~Thomas Jefferson

We The People

America Fundamentally Changed

June 25, 2012

Today's SCOTUS Immigration Ruling

‎"Today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a victory for the rule of law," she said in a statement. "It is also a victory for the 10th Amendment and all Americans who believe in the inherent right and responsibility of states to defend their citizens. After more than two years of legal challenges, the heart of SB 1070 can now be implemented in accordance with the U.S. Constitution." ~Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

Only In America

June 14, 2012

Happy Flag Day Old Glory!

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!

Today, the U.S. Army celebrates 237 years of service to our great nation.

June 13, 2012

The Constitution Trumps Obama

Typical Liberal Mentality

Liberal Idiot Award: What did Joy Behar say in response to Mitt Romney's calls for less government? "I'd like to see his [Romney's] house burn" LIKE if you agree that Joy is an idiot. ~ForAmerica

What Budget?

Budget Watch: 1,141 Days Since the Senate Last Passed a Budget