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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Affordable Care Act Upheld

"Our Supreme Court has spoken" -  Sen Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV)

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision today, upheld the entire healthcare provision put forth by President Obama, with Chief Justice John Roberts providing the decisive vote.  Ironically, then Sen Barack Obama, Joe Biden & Sen Harry Reid voted against Roberts for Chief Justice.  All three men, today, couldn't be happier about the ruling.

President Obama, remarking from the East Room said, the court "reaffirmed a fundamental principle that here in America, in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no illness or accident should lead to any family’s financial ruin."

The Affordable Care Act, under the Obama presidency, Ten Things You Now Get To Keep:

"If you’re one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance", said the president.  Explaining the existing plan the president continued his remarks saying, "This law will only make it more secure and more affordable.  Insurance companies can no longer impose lifetime limits on the amount of care you receive.  They can no longer discriminate against children with preexisting conditions.  They can no longer drop your coverage if you get sick.  They can no longer jack up your premiums without reason.  They are required to provide free preventive care like check-ups and mammograms, a provision that's already helped 54 million Americans with private insurance.  And by this August, nearly 13 million of you will receive a rebate from your insurance company because it spent too much on things like administrative costs and CEO bonuses, and not enough on your health care."

[Find out if the Affordable Care Act benefit you.]

Speaking to reporters after the decision was announced, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) said, "Soon, every man woman & child in America will have access to health insurance they can afford & vital care they need."

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitch Romney called the plan "bad medicine", and "bad policy".

Despite the courts ruling Romney said his number one mission as president, should he be elected, will be to repeal the president's healthcare bill.

"On Day One, I will work to repeal Obamacare to stop the government's takeover of our health care and intrusion in our lives. I will push for real reform to our health care system that focuses on helping patients and protecting taxpayers."
Wait.  Romney wants to reform healthcare that focues on helping patients? (This is why people can't understand where Romney is coming from, or what he says).
Other Republicans also weigh in on the ruling.
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the ruling "doesn’t mark the end of the debate". House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said the House would schedule a vote for repeal the week of July 9th.

While the two parties go back and forth on the issue, one thing that remains constant:  the constant rising cost of getting well.

A new docmentary "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare" sheds light on how the health care industry as a whole demonizes medicine practiced in the United States, and sheds light on the big business, for profit, health care system. Despite the number of procedures done in the United States, the U.S. ranks the lowest in life expectancy.

 "We have a disease-care system, and we have a very profitable disease-care system", says medical journalist Sharon Brownlee. "And the disease-care system, actually, I mean, if it really was honest with itself, it doesn’t want you to die, and it doesn’t want you to get well. It just wants you to keep coming back for your care of your chronic disease.'

The documentary, can be seen online at

Side bar Q:  What does Dr. Oz think of this?

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