Thursday June 28, 2012, may either mark another historic day for the books or a win for the Obama administration. The highest court in the land is projected to make their ruling soon on the Affordable Care Act or, as the Republicans love to call it, "Obamacare." Will they make history and overturn it, or will they uphold the law? If they only strike out the individual mandate and leave the rest intact, experts say that would be as bad as throwing the entire Act out.
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law one of the most memorable pieces of legislation: healthcare reform. An impressive accomplishment for the fairly new, inexperienced president was ensconced in Washington. For 60 years, the good cop, bad cop routine of the two parties on Capitol Hill had failed to enact any reforms for healthcare, something that was sorely needed.
Ballooning medical costs were crippling most Americans and as the premiums rose, giant insurance companies' bottom line swelleds. Their profit margin seemed to be of paramount importance, with affordable costs for consumers a distant second.
Meanwhile, it's like a regular backwater cockfight as Democrats and Republicans continued to bicker about every and anything on the Hill. Some say both parties dropped the ball over the years and weren't very interested in reforming healthcare, for many of our legislators were in the pockets of big insurance companies. Disgraced former Congressman "a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance companies." He repeated it several times until he was loudly "gaveled" and told to "stand down." The speaker didn't like what Weiner was shouting, for the cameras were rolling.(D-NY), once shouted on the House floor that the Republican party was
President Obama finally succeeded in getting a measure of what he wanted passed. It was not the universal healthcare first proposed, but it was reform nonetheless, albeit watered down to please Republicans who fought against the bill at every turn. The president naïvely thought by being "nice" and sitting down to "break bread" with the enemy would have invited bipartisan participation for the common good of the country. Boy, was he sadly mistaken.
Maybe he forgot how things were done in Washington. Maybe he overestimated his charm. Maybe he underestimated his fellow politicians across the aisle and their deep, desperate need for power while overestimating their love of country and doing what is beneficial for the collective.
The vicious fight over healthcare is purely political. I don't care under what premises they have managed to slither it all the way to the Supreme Court's chopping block, the underlying thread here is power. So if they have to embarrass, upset, destabilize, undermine to get to the end game-- which is to defeat the Obama administration -- darn it, they are not afraid to get their hands dirty.
One Republican senator, Mitch O'Connell of Kentucky, said during the contentious healthcare debate that his singular goal was to make Obama "a one-term president."
His main goal was to unseat the president. During these dire economic times his main goal is to run that different-looking president with the Muslim name out of the White House. Not looking for ways to jump-start the economy or infuse jobs into the abysmal job market, or find ways to stop the massive outsourcing of jobs, or improve our trade balance, but to defeat president Obama.
Calling the Affordable Healthcare Act "Obamacare" is the Republicans way of making it personal. For those who hate the president or the Democrats and get all their information from Fox and Friends or conservative talk radio pundits, hearing the reform referred to constantly as Obamacare intoxicates, and not in a good way. It intensifies the hate, the dislike, the deep ideological divide.
Meanwhile, healthcare reform is not for the president. It's for millions who cannot afford the skyrocketing healthcare premiums; for those with pre-existing conditions previously denied coverage. President Obama, along with all those senators and representatives railing against "Obamacare," already have the best insurance taxpayers' money can buy. They are not dependent on this reform.
The phallus power play in Washington continues with Republicans constantly on the offensive and the Democrats ineptly defending. "The Good Ole Boys" Party wants to win by any means necessary and make no effort to disguise this Machiavellian principle. The Democrats, however seem to flounder at most turns and have not effectively promoted this healthcare reform. Most still do not understand what's it entails or exactly would Americans get out of it.
They needed to simplify the law and explain what we will get, when and how. Legal jargon was meant to confuse, but people understand straigh-forward words. People understand their bottom line. What will it cost me as oppose to what I paid before? Is it cheaper? Will my entire family be covered? What is covered and what is not? "All the president's men," including Obama, failed to simplify and effectively promote while the Republicans effectively divided and attacked.
So here we are awaiting the most radical court in years to tell us if the Affordable Act is unconstitutional or not. Mine you, this is the same court who ruled corporations were indeed people. Just saying.
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