The US Supreme Court Verdict on the PPACA Ignites 2012 Presidential Campaign
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The US Supreme Court Verdict on the PPACA Ignites 2012 Presidential Campaign

Ilion : NY : USA | Jul 12, 2012 at 10:10 AM PDT
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Twenty-eight states, numerous organizations, and a number of private citizens filed actions in federal court challenging the consititutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ( PPACA).But on June 28, 2012,the Supreme Court upheld the majority of the law. Health care reform was a major topic of discussion also during the 2008 Presidential elections in the USA New York, Senator Hillary Clinton and the eventual nominee, Illinois Senator Barack Obama that time proposed a plan to cover the approximately 45 million Americans estimated to be without health insurance at some point during each year. Clinton's plan was to require all Americans to obtain coverage .He stressed on an individual health insurance.On the other hand Obama was to provide a subsidy but not create a direct requirement. People earning less than four times the poverty line ($92.200 per year for a family of four) will receive tax credits to subsidize their purchase of insurance. Medicaid eligibility is expanded to include those earning up to 133% of the poverty line.The two chambers of Congress had had detailed discussion for one year on the Act till it was signed into law by Obama on March 23, 2010. It is now referred to as Obamacare.According to many of Obama’s opponents in the election , healthcare law is bad policy for patients, doctors, healthcare providers, and administrators, small business and the middle class.The law will introduce 21 law taxes and it will affect badly the middle classes. Never before there was so much apprehension of tax increase on the middle class. The implementation of the law will make many jobless and there will be fewer number of new employees.Average New York senior will have to spend over $700 for prescription drugs if the PPACA is not repealed. The proposal of the Democrats is that the Republican should cooperate with them for improving the PPACA. Some Republicans at the time of passing the PPACA joined the Democratic colleagues, but strangely enough the House Republicans have voted to repeal the PPACA. The Supreme Court verdict will dampen the spirit of the Republican who voted 33rd time . For the Democrats the move to repeal the Act is nothing more than political show off. Thus the Election campaign in the USA reaches its peak over the PPACA issue in the context of the recent verdict of the Supreme Court against the repeal.

It is undeniable that the PPCA is not very much popular and the Americans resent the way the law was passed. It violates the democratic spirit of America. It is draconian. The Demorcrats however, argue that the efforts to repeal the law will distract the attention of the people from many important issues , like the economy and job creation. According to the Republicans ,the consequences of the Supreme Court verdict are so significant and so serious to the economy, to jobs and to the middle class. 239 Republicans and five Democrats supported the “Repeal of Obamacare Act” which has many problems as it places a dozen new tax increases on middle class Americans. It places new mandates on small businesses and levies penalties which burden Upstate businesses and drain capital from growth. Additionally, the law has not lowered health care premiums.

However, the Republicans should not forget that they themselves had introduced similar reform proposals in the 1990s. In 1993 Senator John Chafee introduced the Health Equity and Access Reform Today Act which contained a "Universal Coverage" requirement with a penalty for non-compliance. In 1994 the Consumer Choice Health Security Act was also introduced by Don Nicles and the Act also contained an individual mandate with a penalty provision.So the Supreme Court verdict will not bring a majority of people against the Democrats. The Republicans are not in a position to challenge the Supreme Court verdict and get the mandate of the people so easily. They have not yet been able to show any better alternative. American people are still not sure of the consequences in spite of all that is said against the PPACA. By making it a political issue, the basic argument has been lost and its gravity is lessened in the eye of the common people.

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drratanbhattacharjee is based in Kolkata, Bangla, India, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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