The Empty Can Rattles The Most

The GOP is claiming that Obamacare is bad policy and that repealing it will save tax payers money - but the cost of doing nothing (the GOP plan) will actually cost more, figuratively and literally.


CLAIM: Obamacare will cost Americans more and it is bad public policy, therefore it needs to be repealed.

The Truth:

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office just released a study showing that if we repealed the Affordable Care Act using the latest Republican-backed bill, H.R. 6079, we would reduce spending by $890 billion but slash revenues by $1 trillion, thus increasing the federal budget deficit by about $109 billion from 2013 to 2022.

A little over a week ago the Republicans unsuccessfully tried to repeal "Obamacare" for the 31st time. By the way, the most popular definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result...

But still, Mitt Romney and the GOP are promising that if he is elected, then they will repeal "Obamacare". Now everyone knows that the current health care system is unsustainable because the costs continue to skyrocket and it leaves too many good people under-insured or uninsured.

So the GOP is promising to totally repeal the law and replace it with . . . NOTHING. Well, actually some of the more level-headed Republicans want to save the most popular provisions of the law and simply repeal the mandate that requires most Americans to purchase health insurance, but the non-compromising, "my way or the fricking highway" Tea Party Ron Johnson types of the GOP are not even allowing that, still clinging to the claim that the Affordable Care Act is "bad public policy".

Allowing your child to stay covered under their parents' plan until they are 26 is good policy. Making it illegal to charge women more for health insurance because they have a vagina is good policy. Making it illegal for an insurance company to drop a person once they become seriously ill is good policy. Making it illegal to deny coverage because of pre-exhisting conditions is good policy.

I agree that hitting people with a fine may not be the best public policy, but the reality is that by writing that into the law it was the only way the insurance companies would promise not to lobby against it because then they would have a larger pool of (healthy) people to insure and not go bankrupt or fire everyone in the process of covering only sick people.


Barack Obama won the Presidency in 2008 by stating that "Health care was a right, not a privilege," and that "Health care is the economy." He also vowed to change the current health coverage system to make it more affordable and to cover as many people as possible - These are the statements and the promises that got Obama elected (plus the thought of having Sarah Palin serve as President in case McCaine croaked scared the living crap out of people).

So when Obama and the Democrats passed The Affordable Care Act, which is modelled off of Romney Care, he was fulfilling a campaign pledge, something Republicans care little about.

Republicans will tell you that we are wasting our tax money covering people who are too lazy to get jobs with insurance and that illegal aliens will be pouring into doctor's offices to get treated. Any program will have those who find loopholes and take advantage of the system, but this is not about those people - they will always be there. This is about the millions of people like you and I who play by the rules and hold down jobs and pay premiums and end up getting dropped by our insurance companies the minute we get really sick.

The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it fixes the terrible laws that previously allowed good people to get rear-ended and blind-sided by their insurance companies the minute the risk became too great.

The Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress, like it or not. The Affordable Care Act was modeled after Romney Care, like it or not. Almost all of the provisions in The Affordable Care Act are popular, when mentioned separately, like it or not.

Now it is time to implement it. But some extreme right-wingers like our very own Scott Walker and Rick Perry of Texas think that they are above the law and do not have to abide by a Federal Law simply because they don't agree with it.

There are plenty of laws that I don't agree with and have hopes that they will be repealed... Why drive 55 when I think the speed limit should by 65 on I94? Why not text and drive if I think I'm a great driver? I'm a great driver, so why should I bother paying for car insurance (required by sate law) in case I get into an accident? -

Because I'm not egotistical - like my Governor. Because these laws aren't about me - they are about everyone else around me. These laws are for the greater good of everyone, but the Republicans, who only think of themselves and their pocketbooks simply don't give a damn and they have falsely scared the daylights out of the public about the Affordable Care Act by slinging false accusations about the impact it will have once implemented.

The Republicans tell us the ACA will bankrupt the nation and cause employers to drop employees like flies. Since we all know that the ACA was modelled after similar legislation in MA by then Governor Romney, let's look at how MA is doing since implementing "Romneycare":

How has "Romneycare" had an effect in MA? In 2006, before the law passed, 86.6 percent of adults in MA had health insurance. In 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, that total has raised to 98 percent. Also, the percentage of unemployed residents in Massachusetts remains at a lowly 6 percent compared to the national rate at 8.2 percent. A 2011 poll by the Boston Globe and the Harvard School of Public Health showed that 63 percent of Massachusetts residents supported the state law, which has a mandate, thanks to Romney. 

Massachusetts is not on fire. Businesses have not left the state. They are doing just fine and people are employed at a higher rate than before and are healthier. The sky is not falling over Boston Harbor.

On the flip side is Texas, which has the highest percentage of people uninsured at 26.9% - and Scott Walker wants to get on the Rick Perry bandwagon of not implementing the ACA because he doesn't like it? What are we supposed to do if we get sick and are dropped from our insurer, have a huge bake sale to cover the costs? What if we didn't raise enough funds by selling grandma's cookies? Should we just curl up and die as quickly as possible so we don't accumulate tons of medical debt for our surviving spouse?

If Romney wins the presidency in November and the GOP reclaims the Senate they could repeal the Affordable Care Act, but they would be repealing the most humane law congress has created in the last 40 years - which is modelled after the one and only good thing that Mitt Romney has done that did not directly benefit himself - create a system that allows the average person to receive more affordable, more-comprehensive health insurance. . . and now to be a "true conservative" he has to run away from such a deed?

It's sad, but in order to get the backing of the extremely-right wing Tea Party activists Romney must shy away from the best piece of legislature he ever had a hand in - "Romneycare".

The Republicans had total control of the government for years while George W. was in charge and it was during that time that we saw the cost of health care skyrocket, seniors were forced to pay more for less under Medicare Part D, we gave tax breaks to the rich and started two foreign wars and paid for them by going into debt to China . . . 

A vote for Romney is a return to that train wreck and two steps backwards.

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Robert July 27, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Did anyone look past the part of the constitution where is says "promote the general welfare" unlike the part where it says "PROVIDE for the common defense". The Federal govt has no legal standing to be providing health care for its citizens. It is the states right and the individual , debate over.
James R Hoffa July 27, 2012 at 01:49 PM
@Jason - Cite your source that the implementation of Romneycare has made health care more affordable for the people of the state of Mass. In fact, every source I come across indicates that healthcare costs in the state of MA have gone up, and exponentially so, every since the implementation of Romneycare. Thus, if we can expect similar results from Obamacare, as you appear to be inferring/suggesting, one must ask if the name given to the legislation, The Affordable Care Act, is really a rather deceitful oxymoron.
Alfred July 27, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Comb over Keif Schmitz calling someone else 'chromie'? Whats wrong Keif? Not able to rip off any little old ladies in Shorewood this week?
Kelly July 27, 2012 at 02:38 PM
"What are we supposed to do if we get sick and are dropped from our insurer, have a huge bake sale to cover the costs?" Do you realize that Wisconsin already has a high risk insurance pool (HIRSP) for people denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions?
Steve ® July 27, 2012 at 02:42 PM
You guys all need to chill out. We have obamacare now! Hell yeah free healthcare for everyone makin' those money hungry rich people finally pay it's about dang time. Thank you Obama! Heath care is a fundamental right guaranteed to every human on this planet. The sick right wing tea baggers will never understand this they just want to profit off your pain.
oak creek resident July 27, 2012 at 02:45 PM
dear Idiot (Jason) 1 trillion in "revenue" is liberal code word for 1 trillion in TAXES. In your world, 1 trillion in extra taxes is a good thing? Your head is the empty rattling can, the more you try to sound intelligent, the more of a fool you prove yourself to be.
J. B. Schmidt July 27, 2012 at 02:46 PM
@Steve Please provide documentation that shows health care is a "fundamental right".
oak creek resident July 27, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Jason Obamacare raises a TRILLION in taxes (what you call "revenue"). I suggest you get an education or at least read up a bit on economics before you make any more posts and make a bigger arse of yourself. Wearing glasses that women wore in the early 2000's does not make you educated, Jason.
James R Hoffa July 27, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Yeah, that's right Steve ® - preach on brother! Here's what those evil profiteering right-wing tea-baggers have waiting for them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAYkH-ESXW8
Steve ® July 27, 2012 at 03:02 PM
J.B. Wake up and stop watching faux news http://civilliberty.about.com/od/equalrights/f/Health-Care-Human-Right.htm Skippy peanut butter: That is pretty accurate. The sick thing about all of them is they believe they built their success. The only success they built was on the backs of the poor and minorities. They use us for profit while we suffer without basic healthcare needs. Wake up America, corporations do not have your best interest in mind.
J. B. Schmidt July 27, 2012 at 03:12 PM
@Steve A UN document, could you pick a more progressive organization. The least you could have done was get me an article from moveon.org. Not to mention, that article show no basis for the UN's decision accept that they were a bunch of liberals trying to force health care on the world. Since the UN is not the governing body for our country, I was hoping you could establish via our own founding documents where anyone has said health care is a right.
Steve ® July 27, 2012 at 03:28 PM
James R Hoffa July 27, 2012 at 03:38 PM
@JB - Yes wake up and stop watching faux news! President Obama said it should be a fundamental right. And his election to office proves that the American people are behind him on this point! His win in 2008 is proof positive of this - even more so than a direct national public referendum on the issue. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAR8K2KCiGc You really need to start watching MS-NBC. Unlike Faux News, they actually tell people the truth!
Dave Koven July 27, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Rees Roberts...You are absolutely right in your comment.
Steve ® July 27, 2012 at 04:02 PM
JB - Your non response is telling. The supreme court has ruled that health care is now a right for all Americans. Elections have consequences and Obama has proved strong leadership in this matter. Don't you have a tea bagger rally to attend or an abortion clinic to protest? Walker probably needs more donations for his legal defense fund, hold a bake sale for your buddy
J. B. Schmidt July 27, 2012 at 04:04 PM
@Hoffa Here I thought that tingle up my leg was just it falling asleep. Instead it was the warming glow of Obama's aura coursing through my veins. Why is it Obama followers walk around like the little green toy aliens in Toy Story? Completely amazed by his presence and incapable of finding a flaw. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IzKz8vFQQU
Steve ® July 27, 2012 at 04:18 PM
J. B. Schmidt July 27, 2012 at 04:21 PM
@Steve Racist against little green people?
James R Hoffa July 27, 2012 at 04:39 PM
@JB - OK, after consulting my liberal playbook, I see that it is now the appropriate time to shift the subject. (Oops, did I type that out loud?) Romney is a 1%'er and can't be trusted because he has off-shore Swiss bank accounts and won't show us his taxes. Obama is a champion of the 99% and stands in solidarity with us! Unless you make as much money as Romney does, you'll only be voting against your own self-interest if you don't vote for Obama. Workers of the world unite!
James R Hoffa July 27, 2012 at 04:47 PM
@Steve ® - JB is definitely your typical hate filled right-winger. Not only is he discriminating against beings of color, but it appears as if he is also against dwarfism/little people! I bet this guy does nothing all day except loaf around in his underwear in his parent's basement watching Glenn Beck and worshiping the poster of Hitler that he has hanging on the wall! BTW - I heard that Al Sharpton was going to have a real duesy of a show for us tonight on Politics Nation, so be sure you don't miss it!
J. B. Schmidt July 27, 2012 at 05:37 PM
@Hoffa and Steve Glenn Beck told me that Obama was foriegn born socialist with communist parents who was raised by radical terrorist and maybe wolves. Glenn also drew out on his chalk board the exact flow chart Obama was using to transform the United States in to the Republic of Barrckopia. If it was on the chalk board it must be true. Then yesterday I learned from Rush Limbaugh that little green people are nothing more then leaches on our welfare system. He also said that Obama issued an executive order telling homeland security to stop patrolling the border between the US and space. Excuse now gentleman, I must plug in myself into my matrix style USB adapter I received with my online Limbaugh membership.
Steve ® July 27, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Romney used the hard working employees of companies for profit while they starved, then laid them off when he was through raping the business. How can anyone in their right mind think about voting for this guy? Obama has proved why we voted him into office in 2008. Saved the car compaines, healthcare for all, Mexican immigrates need not fear deportation, stabilized the economy and lowered unemployment. The debt is now under control and the only reason it is not better is the right wingers in congress. If we would increase the taxes of the rich we could solve our deficit over night. But their big corporate interests have congress paid off. They owe it to the government to pay their fair share. They over use public services like roads and firefighters while using loopholes to not pay any taxes. We have a choice, vote for the rich or vote for the rest of us. Romney will do nothing in office but help his rich buddies beef up their offshore bank accounts.
Greg July 27, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Nice job of forwarding the conversation, about the topic. I like someone that leads by example.
Greg July 27, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Yes, contributing to the blog by staying on topic, is important. This blog needs more comments, about comments, that are about the comments.
Keith Schmitz July 27, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Well said Steve. This is what this election all about. After the GOP threw roadblocks to policies that we know work, in no way should they be rewarded with the White House and should lose Congress. They have bitching about people being on food stamps. People wouldn't have to be if it wasn't for execs like Romney sending jobs overseas and browbeating people who do have jobs. In the meantime we have Mitt in the UK, who is being labelled the American Borat.
Steve ® July 27, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Exactly. Would we rather have them starving on the streets? This leads to an increase in crime and violence. It is because of Romney and like that they are unable to obtain family supporting jobs. Luckily we have a president that is willing to at the very least allow them to eat three time a day, while still enjoying the freedom of picking out the food them self.
Greg July 27, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Thanks Jason. I think I am getting the concept. Since the Wisconsin Democrats/teachers/unions were the loudest political movement, in this country in the last 30 years, they would be the most empty can and their position would have the least substance. Also the Republicans are agitated about the ACA, but to a much lesser degree than the Democrats were to Act 10. I don't think there are any occupations, protest rallies, drum banging or chanting "shame". The Republican agitation is nearly silent compared to that. So if the degree of rattle correlates to the amount of substance, the Republicans must be right on the mark. I've got it now.
Steve ® July 27, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Greg I really liked your comment and all of the letters that you typed to make words that made my inside head reading ears tingle in bliss.
Greg July 27, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Thank you, there a just not enough nice comments, about comments, in this blog. Your comment, that you liked my comment, makes me want to comment, that I am elated to read your nice comment, about my comment.
Steve ® July 27, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Dear Greg- I was ecstatic to read your comment this afternoon. Enjoyment was had by all hearing how you had a positive reaction to my comment regarding your previous comment. The comment relating to my positive reaction about your comment was also well received. I do hope that you can enjoy this new comment, in response to your comment, which was about my comment, which started with your comment on needing more comments, about comments. Best Regards- Steve ®


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