History was made in America on Sunday, March 21st 2010, and it was done with all the roadblocks and obstacles the opposition could put in the way of the Democratic Congress in the House of Representatives and The Senate. Every American, for the first time since Health Care reform was first attempted almost 100 years ago, will get access to healthcare.
All the lies and miss-informations, from the Death Panels of Sarah Palin, to the “Government Takeover” talking point of Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and quite frankly the rest of the GOP, to Michele Bachmann throw-whatever-and-hope-something-sticks strategy, the Democrats somehow managed to maintain their focus, and work towards Sunday’s result of providing health insurance to 95% of the American people.
The GOP will not consider this fight a loss. They rushed out of the vote to tell the first camera pointed their way that they’re going to Repeal the law. Evidently, providing health insurance to 95% of Americans is something they’re strongly against. Ending pre-existing conditions and cutting the deficit is something that benefits middle class Americans, and not big banks and insurance companies, this is something these Republicans must fight against.
Republican governors all over the nation started drafting papers to sue the Federal Governmant, trying to make it harder for their constituents to participate in getting healthcare. They’re claiming the constitutionality of the mandate in the bill. What they fail to realize is that the government already mandates people to purchase certain things.
The Social Security Insurance is a government mandate everyone must purchase. This insurance is a government sponsored insurance program and is funded by premiums or taxes.
So based on this argument, the Republicans have come up with another strategy, Repeal and Replace. The republicans are hoping that they will somehow be able to win the majority in both houses in November. A win will allow them to set the agenda.
The American people know what’s at stake here. For those with insurance it means lower premiums, ending pre existing conditions, protection for young adults under the age of 26, closing the donut hole for seniors, more affordable prescription cost, and not being dropped from your coverage when you get sick. For those 31 million without insurance, it means finally having the ability to see a doctor and having preventative health measures.
These are just some of the things these Republicans are trying to repeal and replace. I think the American people, if given the choice, will prefer to Repeal and Replace the Republican party!