Thursday, June 28, 2012

A win is a win - for now

Somehow, some way, President Obama got a huge win today when the Supremes upheld his health care act and the individual mandate, which survived as a "tax," per Chief Justice John Roberts. This language, of course, gave the republicans all the ammunition they needed to launch their renewed war against the law.

Mere hours after the announcement, I heard a republican on Thom Hartmann's radio show (thank you, satellite radio!) state that they've already set a date -- July 11, he swore -- to repeal the law, "because that's what the American people want."

Funny, the American people I know actually LIKE this health care law. My parents are thrilled that they're not having to pay through the nose for their prescriptions anymore. A friend told me she'd heard about all the new provisions for women's healthcare that will go into effect -- pregnancy will no longer be a pre-existing condition that insurance companies don't have to cover, and insurance companies will no longer be allowed to charge women and men different rates for the same coverage (hint: some of us -- the ones with vaginas -- were paying more for the exact same shit), among other changes. Another friend, who's never actually held a job that provided health benefits, was practically jumping for joy, thinking that maybe now she can finally afford to get regular health care.

Yeah, Americans really hate it when we can go to the doctor when we're sick and not have to put up our left arms for collateral.

Assuming the health care survives this threatened repeal vote, we'll also have to hope President Obama is reelected, as RobotMittens has threatened to repeal the law on his first day in office should he become president.

Glad to know he's got his priorities straight -- that old job-creator. He's just so focused.


Dr. MVM said...

Mitt can rest easy now that his individual mandate to buy insurance in Mass. has been upheld.

Abu Scooter said...

Your title is perfect! The best part of yesterday wasn't seeing the multiply flawed ACA survive; it was the joy I got from watching Republican heads explode from sea to big-f*cking-deal sea.

Their sudden desire to punish Chief Justice Roberts should, if nothing else, irrevocably prove that the "enemy of my enemy" is not necessarily my friend.