Obamacare at 50

Obamacare at age 5 years and 50 attempts to repeal. Obamacare incorporates the ideas of the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank, and is modeled on Romneycare. So why such opposition to a law that will cost less and probably do more good than Medicare part D, pushed and passed by GW Bush and the GOP? It’s the name Obama in Obamacare. The GOP don’t care what’s in the law; it’s the name. They are not opposed to the law; they are opposed to President Obama. The 50 attempts to repeal are not aimed at the law; they are the Right’s way of repealing the President and undoing the last two elections.

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Apples to prunes

Logo of the Fox Broadcasting Company

Logo of the Fox Broadcasting Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In all the discussion about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), some in the media, particularly at FOX, are quoting statistics about how some insurance premiums have risen 200-300%. However, they are not comparing comparable policies, apples to apples, they are comparing policies with vastly difference coverages, apples to prunes.

Slippery slope

Bill O'Reilly at the World Affairs Council of ...

Bill O’Reilly at the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, September 30, 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bill O’Reilly says that he opposes the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) because it will lead to demands for free food, clothing, housing etc. It is true that in some countries, such as those in Scandinavia, taxes are high so that government can supply a minimum standard of life for its citizens. Bill opposes that too. It is a fact that in most civilized countries, healthcare is considered a right. Are we a civilized nation or are we not? It’s your call, Bill.

Scalp hunters

Official portrait of United States Health and ...

Official portrait of United States Health and Human Services Secretary . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The scalp hunters in the GOP failed to capture President Obama’s scalp in the effort to repeal, defund, or delay the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Now as a consolation prize, they seek the resignation/firing of the person in charge of implementing Obamacare, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services. If they fail again, whose scalp will they covet next?

Death of the TEA Party

Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection an...

Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An earlier version of the TEA Party, the American Liberty League, was born in 1934 to contest FDR’s agenda. It was crushed in the election of 1936, and died a quiet death in 1940. The TEA Party was born in 2009 to contest Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act). It reached its peak in 2010 and is in decline now. Hopefully it will be crushed in the election of 2014 and will die a quiet or raucous death in 2015. It cannot happen soon enough for me.

I think that it is ironic that opposition to Obamacare gave birth to the TEA Party and will cause its death. It is ironic because Obamacare will bring life to millions and death to the Astroturf organization created by Koch brother money.