I've seen this debate over universal health care before. We had it here in the mid-1980s after Medicare was brought in.
I hope Obama wins and gets control of Congress, and I hope he then sets out to try and repair the broken ideology that's plagued America since Reagan. If he wins he has nothing to lose by having a crack. Should have done it already, and bet the second term on it. Though tbf to him, he inherited a massive mess courtesy of those who now seek to blame him for it.
I think the latter is classic Right Wing Projection.
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"Hope is the fuel of progress and fear is the prison in which you put yourself" - Tony Benn
#408. Sixty three not out forever.
do you think people will be allowed to make violins?
who's going to make the violins?
Has the whole law been upheld or has something been left out? Also, heard it has been declared a tax now. Would that harm or help Obama as he has been maintaining it's not one IIRC?
It was only really ever the individual mandate under question, so yeah, it's intact it would seem.
The fact it's a tax hurts him simply because it's a tax (and indeed he was initially at pains to make sure it wasn't seen as a tax) but it's faaar less important than the fact that it got through/
Now back to the individual mandate. The Obama administration would’ve liked the Court to uphold it on the basis of the Commerce clause of the Constitution. As a failsafe, they also argued that it was Constitutional as a “tax” (which Obama still maintained it wasn’t, so obviously double speak on his part). The Court ended up upholding it as a Tax, giving the Republicans a key slogan point – that the health care law is a massive tax hike. Never mind the fact that the “penalty” as Obama would classify it, or “tax” as Republicans and the Court would describe it, ONLY applies to those that don’t buy insurance. The Republicans of course will portray this as a new tax on everyone as a result of the law. Will it hurt Obama? Probably, though those that were against the law were going to vote against him anyway. It didn’t matter to them whether this was a tax or a penalty – they hated it either way.
Great big new tax on everything!
It is that law who encourages Americans to not buy Health Insurance because it allows them to get away with it by forcing the Hospitals to provide emergency care and that is one law that puts a lot of burden on those who prefer to buy health care.
And on rationalising their policy toward Israel:We affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle, in public policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.” We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin. Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction or belief in traditional values.
It's 2012, for ****'s sake.Our policy is based on God’s biblical promise to bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel and we further invite other nations and organizations to enjoy the benefits of that promise.