Apr 05, 2012
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Is Obamacare constitutional?
The federal mandate to buy health insurance is the very heart of Obamacare. This is interesting because people keep saying that health care is a right. Maybe so, but this law doesn’t mandate health care, it mandates health insurance. This is a big issue for me. I don’t HAVE to buy auto insurance unless I want to license my vehicle. That’s a far cry from saying I’m going to buy auto insurance or face a tax/penalty or whatever.
There is an argument that people abuse the Emergency Rooms and clinics and they don’t have healthcare coverage. I agree; that is most certainly true. Yes, we’re all paying for it and that isn’t fair…I agree with that too. This however isn’t the answer; if we enact a government health care plan we’re all still paying for it! How stupid is that?
I would propose a program for unpaid health care bills similar to the way unpaid child support is handled. If someone isn’t paying their bills or they aren’t on a payment plan they get put on a list. This list then causes any tax rebates/refunds to be held for payment. This list should also keep someone from obtaining a driver’s license unless they are acting in good faith by establishing and staying current on a payment plan for their health care costs. This (of course) would have to be driven by the states and not the Federal government or we’ll end up in the courts again.
If the courts decide that we can’t be forced to buy health care insurance, what will happen? I’ve heard that the mandate is the only thing that made this work financially. The law of large numbers is the key to making insurance work. If Obamacare accepts everyone but only a small group of people apply for it (like the uninsurable) the cost of the care will not be affordable or it will be subsidized by the government making the entire purpose of the law moot. How will the government cover those costs? Raise taxes? Cut or limit the coverage? This is what traditional health insurers have had to do to cover costs and no one is happy with that.
We’re into April, and still we don’t know for sure who the Republican nominee will be. The rule changes made by the Republican National Committee to force all pre-April caucuses and primaries to use proportional delegate allocation (as opposed to winner take all) is playing a part in this. With a winner take all contest, a relatively small win can shower a candidate with a large number of delegates. When delegates are awarded on a proportional basis, a small win becomes just a small difference in the number of delegates awarded – making the race to 1144 delegates much longer.
SuperPACs are also playing a big role. Romney definitely isn’t hurting for money, and Santorum and Gingrich each have had a billionaire in their pocket (Sheldon Adelson for Gingrich and Foster Friess for Santorum). Under the new rules, these two heavyweights have been able to funnel millions in cash to their candidates through SuperPACS – and it’s 100% legal. The SuperPACs have allowed candidates to remain active in the race even without broad-based support from the electorate. If you can have a buddy write a $1 million check, that’s just as effective as getting twenty thousand people to contribute fifty bucks.
Romney or Santorum—we just need to choose. Seriously, how long can this indecision be stretched out? Tell me this will be decided by convention time. It’s time to rally behind one Republican candidate and focus on the true task at hand – ensuring that Barack Obama is a one term president.
North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, and China – they’re all bad, they have terrible leaders and we shouldn’t be supporting them in any way. We need to make sure that we’re revoking any funding and not lending any aid. If they want it they need to play by the rules. If they don’t play by the rules and agreements they get nothing. What is North Korea doing testing ICBMs that could reach the US? Now is the time to be tough. Clearly Bill needs to screw around with Monica again, get Hillary really mad and then send her to Pyongyang to dismantle Kim Jong-un’s newly acquired government. Can you imagine a more intense strike force? I’m not sure that Seal Team 6 could survive a wife scorned twice by the Slick Willie.
Zimmerman vs. Martin
I have to make a follow up comment to my original piece on the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin situation. NBC released an apology for editing the 911 call from Zimmerman that made him sound like a racist. If you’re one of the people that have been calling for George Zimmerman’s head on a platter you need to read my original blog and this story in the Washington Post.
Again, it is not your duty to judge based on the limited and biased information you’ve been fed by the media. Just wait until all the information comes out. The Grand Jury hasn’t even convened on this so don’t rush to judgment.
The Pendulum Swings
North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, Russia and China.
Obamacare is constitutional, Obamacare is unconstitutional, Obamacare is constitutional, Obamacare is unconstitutional….now we wait for the Supreme Court.
Why is there so much up and down lately? Everything is back and forth, ebb and flow, left then right. This is frustrating for me because I really try to make quick and informed decisions. When I see this pendulum swinging each direction so frequently I don’t understand why.