The individual mandate in Obamacare is unconstitutional. Obama is shredding the Constitution. Obama is moving the country towards Socialism. Whoa Nellie -- all the president is trying to do is just fix healthcare which has become a national crisis. This helps 90% of Americans.
Healthcare cost is the number one cause of bankruptcy for Americans and it is bankrupting the federal government. People with pre-existing conditions are denied insurance. People who fall ill are subsequently charged astronomical premiums to stay insured. Over 45 million adults and eight million children are uninsured.
People who lost their jobs have also lost their health insurance. The uninsured use costly emergency room services eventually paid for by the insured and taxpayers. People are forced to choose between food and medication. Insurance premiums have gone up 8% every year for the last five years.
Employees are increasingly paying a higher share of the coverage provided by employers. Rising Medicare premiums are hurting seniors. As they say, "read the bill" please at healthcare.gov/law/index.html.
We all agree that our current healthcare system is unsustainable. We all agree this is a top priority. When solving a problem, before reinventing the wheel, you first look for existing plans which may suit your needs. In 2008, a PBS Frontline documentary revealed that Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, Japan and the U.K. had the best healthcare system in the world. Of course, we can't adopt any plan not invented here. After all, we are Americans. The only palatable thing is to look for a home grown solution.
Obama found that in the 2006 "Massachusetts Health Care Reform Act" aka Romneycare. This served as a blueprint for the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," aka Obamacare.
To pay for Romneycare, then Governor Romney instituted the individual mandate because he was opposed to having businesses pay for it. Now Romney and conservatives say Obamacare's individual mandate, an idea he got from Romney, is unconstitutional. Yes, conservatives make a very, very fine distinction that Romney's mandate was statewide not nationwide therefore there is no constitutional hypocrisy. Oh, please. Then how does one explain why Republican leaders and the Heritage Foundation strongly recommended the very same "national" individual mandate as a funding solution to pay for Clinton's proposed health care reform in 1993?
There some things as plain as the nose on your face that just cannot be spun. Why the frenzy now? Is there a connection to Jim Demint's (R-SC) statement, "If we're able to stop Obama on this , it will be his Waterloo. It will break him."
Or maybe, it is Mitch McConnell's declaration, "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for Obama to be a one term president."
Given the evidence, the highly charged and rabid reactionary outburst that Obama is shredding the constitution is a rage beyond reason.
"Attempting to debate with a person who has abandoned reason is like giving medicine to the dead." Thomas Paine.