ObamaCare (PPACA)
A simple summary of where we are with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) or ObamaCare. The Supreme Court ruled on June 28, 2012 that the law was not unconstitutional, but offered confusing explanations within its decision. “The Affordable Care Act is constitutional in part and unconstitutional in part,” Roberts wrote. First, The Court upheld the federal takeover of 1/6th of the US economy and ObamaCare implementations will continue. On August 1, 2012 the controversial HHS contraceptive mandate took effect. Second, the Court said that it is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but (who) choose to go without health insurance. Such legislation is within Congress’s power to tax.” But, “the individual mandate cannot be upheld as an exercise of Congress’s power under the Commerce Clause. That Clause authorizes Congress to regulate interstate commerce, not to order individuals to engage in it.” Third, as for the Medicaid expansion, "that portion of the Affordable Care Act violates the Constitution by threatening existing Medicaid funding," Roberts wrote. "Congress has no authority to order the States to regulate according to its instructions. ... The remedy for that constitutional violation is to preclude the Federal Government from imposing such a sanction." So there you have it; ObamaCare continues as a tax, the mandate is unconstitutional (but because the program continues as a tax that item is irrelevant), and the Medicaid expansion cannot be forced on the states. Open enrollment for the new federally run health-care exchanges are scheduled to start Oct. 1, 2013, with all Americans having access to affordable health insurance options effective January 1, 2014. See timeline here. Find your state's Health Exchange here. State-by-State Insurance Information is available at this site.

EPIC FAIL! Promise Broken!

7/18/17
from The Gray Area:
7/18/17:

Republicans in the Senate have failed in their attempt to repeal Obamacare. They have broken their promise to voters going back 8 years. Give us the House Republicans said, give us the Senate Republicans said, give us the White House Republicans said, and we will repeal Obamacare. They got all that in 2016, and what did the voters get - nothing! An embarrassing display of incompetence is what we got.

Republicans lose. Democrats win. American people lose big.

This may turn out to be a failure of historic proportions, given it's impact of the future of the country, unless some magic is worked. And it doesn't appear very likely that any will happen.

Each Republican Senator who could not find a way to support this bill should not be re-elected in 2018 (or the next time they come up for re-election).

According to The Washington Post, these are the Republican Senators who failed the American voters:

These senators are up for re-election in 2018.

Thirty-one states took money from the federal government and expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. These 'no vote' senators represent states that decided to expand.

These 'no vote' senators are from a state with a big drop in uninsured:

McConnell has said that now they will go for straight Repeal with Replace within two years. At least three of the above senators (Collins, Murkowski & Capito) have said they will not support that vote either.

President Trump has said we will wait for Obamacare to collapse and then the Democrats will come to Republicans for a solution. This is the worst possible alternative. Obamacare was designed to fail by the Democrats. When it fails the fix is a single payer solution. Unless President Trump believes Obamacare will fail before November, 2018, the solution will be government run, 'free' healthcare for all. A certain trip to the bankruptcy court for the USA. And declining healthcare quality almost immediately. In November, 2018, the voters will switch the Senate to Democrats, and possibly the House, and we will have the reverse of the past eight years, where President Trump will be vetoing every single payer option put in front of him the way President Obama vetoed every ACA repeal before him. Another failure for the American people.

The priority order on these Senators should be as follows: 2018: Bob Corker (TN) Dean Heller (NV) 2020: Susan Collins (Me) (unless she runs for Gov in 2018) Shelley Moore Capito (WVa) 2022: Lisa Murkowski (AK) Jerry Moran (KA)

Sen McConnell as the majority leader of the Senate, should not be re-elected (2020). He failed as the leader. We need a new leader, as President Trump says, who will win!

Another option is to elect more Republican Senators, but that is going to be a tall order given the epic fail the American voter has been watching in the Republican led US Senate the past few months.



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