Posts tagged Health Care

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The Affordable Care Act has been upheld, with the individual mandate “reasonably characterised as a tax.” Thank you, Chief Justice Roberts, for your deciding vote.

Numbers, people. Real numbers, real people.

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The Affordable Care Act has been upheld, with the individual mandate “reasonably characterised as a tax.” Thank you, Chief Justice Roberts, for your deciding vote.

Numbers, people. Real numbers, real people.

Every resident of the U.S. must, by law, be enrolled in an adequate health care plan to cover major health care costs. This requirement would imply a compact between the U.S. government and its citizens: in return for the goverment’s accepting an obligation to devise a market-based system guaranteeing access to care and protecting all families from financial distress due to the cost of an illness, each individual must agree to obtain a minimum level of protection.

The Heritage Foundation: A National Health System for America (PDF)

Now, of course, the Heritage Foundation writes of the mandate:

It Is an Unconstitutional Violation of Personal Liberty and Strikes at the Heart of American Federalism

Heritage is clearly envisioning a national system—so it doesn’t seem concerned about implications for either personal liberty or federalism. How do we reconcile Heritage’s vehement opposition to its own idea?

It’s not so hard. The 1989 piece was written for the purpose of offering an “alternative” to rumblings about a proper single-payer system. It wasn’t an an idea that was actually supposed to happen. And it definitely wasn’t an idea that democrats were supposed to get credit for.

Now that their idea has become a reality, Heritage wants a new alternative.

In case you didn’t learn the first time: Beware of Conservatives Bearing Alternatives.

(via squashed)

Conservatives dream of repealing Obamacare, but the public just isn’t with them. 47% of Americans favor expanding the law or leaving it as is. 

Conservatives dream of repealing Obamacare, but the public just isn’t with them. 47% of Americans favor expanding the law or leaving it as is. 

Republicans Uniting To Support Chunks Of ‘Obamacare’ | TPMDC

Senate Republicans are echoing the House GOP’s shift in favor of some of the more popular “Obamacare” provisions, a sign that the party is uniting behind the strategy ahead of the election.

With a Supreme Court decision looming next month, House Republicans are privately weighing a plan to reinstate three popular elements of the law if it’s struck down — guaranteeing coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions, allowing young adults up to 26 years old to remain on a parent’s insurance policy, and closing the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap known as the “doughnut hole.”

»You see; it is not “socialism” if they do it, but the way they will do it will actually increase healthcare costs for everyone.