I came across a post over at Left, Right, and Centered that got me thinking about how we get pretty freaking upset when things don’t go our way. Do we “demonize” each other to the point that real civil discourse becomes impossible? I think yes. That’s the major problem with politics and always has been. The team mentality hampers true progress every step of the way. We can be FOR something before we are AGAINST it, based on the way the partisan wind blows.

Democrats took a while to come around to supporting the individual mandate, Barack Obama being one of the last holdouts. After employer-mandates of Hillary Clinton’s doomed reform plan of the 90s were rejected, Democrats realized that the only hope for reform was to concede that the conservative-supported individual mandate made most political sense. In the interest of getting SOMETHING done on the huge healthcare problem we have in this country, Obama’s position “evolved” or flip-flopped, you might say. He told CBS News:

“I was opposed to this idea because my general attitude was the reason people don’t have health insurance is not because they don’t want it. It’s because they can’t afford it…I am now in favor of some sort of individual mandate.”

The ACA was modeled after the program implemented in Massachusetts under Governor Romney. He was proud of this popular and bipartisan policy…until he was against it. He is REQUIRED to be against it in order to win the GOP nomination. The ACA was definitely not what liberals had in mind for healthcare reform. It is much closer to the conservative plan proposed in 1989 by The Heritage Foundation. Almost identical, in fact. But that plan is now a socialist plot to turn us into slaves and thoroughly discredited by placing the name of OBAMA upon it. Key points may look familiar:

 “Neither the federal government nor any state requires all households to protect themselves from the potentially catastrophic costs of a serious accident or illness. Under the Heritage plan, there would be such a requirement…

Society does feel a moral obligation to insure that its citizens do not suffer from the unavailability of health care. But on the other hand, each household has the obligation, to the extent it is able, to avoid placing demands on society by protecting itself…

A mandate on households certainly would force those with adequate means to obtain insurance protection.”

Massachusetts seems to be faring pretty well under the weight of its oppressive socialistic regime. Over 98% of its citizens are covered under Romneycare, with a majority of residents happy with their enslavement! I suppose the sheeple are lulled to complacency under the soothing umbrella of the state (and decent healthcare). According to MittRomneyCentral.com:

In order to accomplish the goal of covering all the citizens of MA, Romney put together a team of business experts, not a typical political team, to explore new options for providing health insurance to more citizens. The members of this team included a former investment banker, a Bain & Company partner, a professor from MIT, an expert in federal health programs, a Washington policy guru, and experts from the Heritage Foundation. For more than a year, Romney and his team studied the details of health insurance in their state.

An astounding near-unanimous vote in both the state house and senate passed this unbelievably popular plan into law. The Heritage Foundation held it as a model for other states to reform their own healthcare systems. But a federal plan of healthcare reform based on the same conservative principles of personal responsibility has divided the nation into patriots and fascists. The court has been infiltrated by turncoats and cowards!

OUCH, Glenn Beck is so pissed, he can’t even cry!

Conservatives aren’t going to take Justice Robert’s supposed defection lying down! Ann Coulter tweeted “Chickenshit!” Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro is in the running for most apocalyptic tweet: 

“This is the greatest destruction of individual liberty since Dred Scott. This is the end of America as we know it. No exaggeration.”

Really? NO exaggeration? Shapiro also said that “Chief Justice Roberts was the worst part of the Bush legacy.” Never mind WMD Fail or the whole crashed-economy thing. 

By a friend of a friend on Facebook, who also called for “bloodshed”:

“This attack on America is worse than 911 by far. It goes against the very fiber of our nation. It puts millions of families at risk of starvation and imprisonment. It takes away our right to decide.”

Yeah. Worse than 9/11 BY FAR. And people “liked” it. 

Calls for armed rebellion cause me not small amount of concern. Michigan attorney Matthew Davis distributed this email, along with the note, “yes, I mean it”:

 Is Armed Rebellion Now Justified?

Implicit in Benjamin Franklin’s fabled response at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention was a dire warning: That the Republic would one day devolve into tyranny unless we the people prevented it.

In 2008, we the people elected Barack Obama as president, and the 100-year progressive trek to tyranny begun in 1912 with Woodrow Wilson’s election was complete. It cannot be said too many times — for the purposes of emphasis and clarity — that the Constitution was possible ONLY AFTER the American Revolution; and that the war itself would not have been possible without the collective agreement, as so eloquently articulated in the Declaration of Independence, that the course of human events will sometimes justify one group of people to sever themselves from their oppressors.

In other words, America itself was possible only after its people summoned the will to risk their lives and their futures — as well as those of their children — for a freedom they did not enjoy but knew was their gift from God. Along with their desire to be free came their willingness to engaged in armed rebellion for their freedom.

If government can mandate that I pay for something I don’t want, then what is beyond its power? If the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday paves the way for unprecedented intrusion into personal decisions, then has the Republic all but ceased to exist? If so, then is armed rebellion today justified?

God willing, this oppression will be lifted and America free again before the first shot is fired.

Hmm, I’m not really wanting to sacrifice my life and those of my children for the cause of affordable healthcare being jammed down my throat. If I didn’t rebel over having my tax money spent on drones, war, and oil subsidies, I’m not really all that fired up to die for the tyranny of healthcare. I pay for a lot of stuff I don’t want so I’ll sit this one out. I have untreated impacted molars bothering me.

Eric Cantor had this to say of the ruling:

“The court’s decision brings into focus the choice the American people have about the direction of our country. The president and his party believe in massive government intrusions that increase costs and take decisions away from patients. In contrast, Republicans believe in patient-centered, affordable care where health care decisions are made by patients, their families and their doctors, not by the federal government.

I agree, Eric Cantor! Especially when it comes to my uterus!

Republic magazine thinks we are all going to die:

Roberts’ ruling is applied Leninism – a pragmatic way of justifying the government’s intention to exercise “power without limit, resting directly on force.” Money and time are essentially the same thing; one earns money by investing his time – an irreplaceable and finite quantity – in commerce or labor. Through taxation the State steals life incrementally, rather than destroying it outright.

In his decision, Chief Justice Roberts has placed the High Court’s imprimatur on the proposition that the regime ruling us can steal our lives incrementally in order to force each of us to participate in a health care program that will regulate every aspect of the lives that remain – and either kill or imprison those of us who refuse to participate.

Right now we just die from preventable diseases and accidents, not from jackbooted thugs beating on our door demanding we insure ourselves from the unproven theory that one day we’ll get sick.

Rand Paul doesn’t believe the Supreme Court is the Supreme authority on what is or is not constitutional:

“Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional.”

Hey, a couple people holding lifetime seats on the highest court of the land can totally mess shit up, I agree! I’ve seen it done. But them’s the breaks. We have to work in the system that we have. This is where Congress comes into play.

An awe-inspiring example of cognitive dissonance is Mitt Romney’s complete FLIP-FLOP on healthcare. But never fear, he WILL reform healthcare when he becomes president, after repealing Obamneycare Affordable Care Act: 

What are some of the things that we’ll keep in place and must be in place in a reform, a real reform of our health care system? 

One, we have to make sure that people who want to keep their current insurance will be able to do so. Having 20 million people – up to that number of people lose the insurance they want is simply unacceptable. 

Number two, got to make sure that those people who have pre-existing conditions know that they will be able to be insured and they will not lose their insurance. 

We also have to assure that we do our very best to help each state in their effort to assure that every American has access to affordable health care. 

And something that Obamacare does not do that must be done in real reform is helping lower the cost of health care and health insurance. It’s becoming prohibitively expensive. 

In other words, he wants to keep EVERYTHING that “Obamacare” seeks to rectify about the healthcare system, with the exception of financing it by requiring all to participate as they have done in MA under “Romneycare.” Sounds good, doesn’t it? After all, Americans overwhelmingly support all of the reforms that the ACA addresses, except for paying for it! I like free stuff! Also, unicorns.

I am still astounded that this was the nominee that the GOP chose to put up against Obama. From a strictly objective assessment of the pros and cons for the GOP, I just don’t get it. Being from a fundamentalist Christian background, I can confidently say that the evangelicals do NOT trust Mormons. On top of that he is the definition of the elite, completely generic in appearance AND he actually accomplished universal healthcare in his home state. It’s going to be an interesting election season watching the mental gymnastics required for the modern conservatives to support Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, I am marveling at the way that people satirize themselves so much more effectively than I ever could.

The ACA needs more work. Rather than wasting any more time with courts and threats to repeal, it’s time to work together (they taught us that in kindergarten) and fix our system of health care. This poisonous partisan environment that brings out the worst in all of us is not working for the American people. We are tired of this endless campaigning and divisive rhetoric. ACA was passed. It was upheld mostly intact by the Supreme Court. This is not TYRANNY. Stop with the apocalyptic BS and analogies to Hitler and slavery. It’s time for our elected officials to stop the constant campaigning and fundraising and get their asses TO WORK! 

5 thoughts on “Hyperbolic Hyperventilating And Healthcare Reform

  1. Superbly done! I also like free stuff, may I have some now, please? I was just told by one of my right leaning siblings I spend far to much time bashing Republicans! My only response was ….’please, show me a real Republican, I am not anti-Republican. I am anti-what-the-GOP has become”.

    You are right, there is no room left for discourse.

    1. I don’t think there are any Republicans running this time;) It will probably get worse before it gets better, unfortunately. Let’s sit back and see how a Citizens United presidential election season looks. Bring on the histrionics!

  2. These comments are consistent with a post on my blog, so I concur. To go one step further, Senator Jim DeMint wrote a letter to President Bush in 2007 stating his support for the Romney Plan in MA for the whole country with the individual mandate. Senator Charles Grassley and even Newt Gingrich held similar positions in 2009, so there is additional hyprocrisy going on. ACA is not perfect but with the earlier operational features has added 2 million young adults to coverage, eliminated lifetime limits and pre-existing limits for kids among many other things. My advice is to quit the politics and let’s make this complex bill better, not throw it out. Romney is doing the ultimate flip-flop, going against his greatest success, which to this independent voter says he is willing to say anything to get elected. If he wins and repeals this, it would be a disservice to America.

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