Regardless of which political party takes the reins of the Presidency next term – the Affordable Care Act [more commonly known as Obamacare] is almost certainly going to remain effective law. The ACA was passed by both branches of Congress, signed by the President, and even reviewed by our nation’s highest court. (see: National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius)
For those of you who are not well versed in the ‘checks & balances’ the Constitution creates between our three branches over government –
Article I of the Constitution states that a bill must be passed by both the House and Senate and signed by the President to become law. A law, which passes through this process, is the effective law until it is repealed via the same process – dependant on approval of not only the president, but the House and Senate as well.
Therefore, it follows that even if Romney were to put his efforts behind a Congressional bill to repeal the ACA, his attempts will likely be futile. Under Senate rules, a bill must pass the Senate by a 3/5th majority if it is filibustered – which the ACA definitely would be. Therefore, a repeal of Obamacare would require 60 members of the Senate – where Republicans are 9 short, at 51 – to approve the repeal.
What’s All The Fuss About Anyway?
It seems that everyone has a pretty strong opinion on health-care reform in our nation – yet it doesn’t seem like anyone has bothered to even read the Wikipedia page on the Affordable Care Act – forget actually read the Act itself.
Health care reform is probably one of the most misinformed political debates storming around the American conscious in the eves-drop of this election – and I’ve come to the conclusion that the ACA has received violent opposition largely due to public misconceptions about what the law actually entails.
So – I read the ACA – and here’s a quick summary of some of the criteria you should be judging when evaluating whether or not you support this law.
• The law has helped over 6 million young adults by enabling them to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until the age of 26.
• Insurance companies can no longer deny children coverage due to pre-existing conditions.
• Over 80 million woman have been granted free preventive care [e.g. mammograms, wellness visits]
• The law has already helped over 5 million seniors and people with disabilities save an average of over $600 on their medications.
According to the WHO (World Health Organization) there are 36 countries in the world that have a better health care system than the United States. That’s right – we’re 37th… pretty pathetic…
We’ve spent $1.3 trillion in Iraq & Afghanistan; blowing up rocks, killing innocent civilians, and imposing our values on the other side of the world – yet can barely manage to wipe our own asses here at home.
It is borderline unconscionable that our government apportions such an egregious amount of our tax revenue towards weapons and blood – while dragging its feet regarding basic health care reform that will immediately save lives and insure children American children.
By 2022, the Congressional Budget Office estimates the Affordable Care Act will have extended coverage to 33 million Americans who would otherwise be uninsured. Our nation needs a thriving working class if we aspire to attain sufficient global revenue to recover from the mistakes of our predecessors.
Regarding the excessive debt we have found ourselves in regarding those mistakes -the ACA is expected to spend a bit over $1 trillion in the next 10 years. However, the law’s spending cuts and tax increases are expected to either raise a bit more than the $1 trillion spent – which is why the Congressional Budget Office estimates that it will slightly reduce the deficit.
So before you speak up – read up …or at least read this again.
Tommy Nickolas | Elite.