Posts Tagged "Healthcare"

SCOTUS Blog’s Amy Howe Explains Ruling in Plain English

cheatsheet:

Take a breath and read this slowly. It helped us. 

In Plain English: The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional. There were not five votes to uphold it on the ground that Congress could use its power to regulate commerce between the states to require everyone to buy health insurance. However, five Justices agreed that the penalty that someone must pay if he refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. That is all that matters. Because the mandate survives, the Court did not need to decide what other parts of the statute were constitutional, except for a provision that required states to comply with new eligibility requirements for Medicaid or risk losing their funding. On that question, the Court held that the provision is constitutional as long as states would only lose new funds if they didn’t comply with the new requirements, rather than all of their funding.

(via SCOTUSblog)

N.C. man admits to robbing $1 from bank to get free prison healthcare - CBS News →

A Charlotte-area man without health insurance says he robbed a bank earlier this month because he needed medical attention and thought a prison sentence would be the best way to get it, reports CBS affiliate WFMY. James Verone, 59, says he walked into an RBC Bank in Gaston County, North Carolina and passed a note to the teller demanding $1 - then waited to be arrested.


How They Did It
The inside account of health care reform’s triumph.
….Focus had come with the campaign and, later, the first months of his presidency. By August, Obama could square off against any health care wonk in the country, including the ones who worked for him. Still, the passion he discovered wasn’t ultimately about the substance of health care policy—not entirely, anyway. Obama had come to view this debate as a proxy for the deepest, most systemic crises facing the country. It was a test, really: Could the country still solve its most vexing problems? If he abandoned comprehensive reform, he would be conceding that the United States was, on some level, ungovernable. Besides, several aides recall him saying, “I feel lucky.”
After the meeting broke up, a few of his advisers milled in the hallways outside the Oval Office, pondering the prospect of taking up such a high-risk strategy because the president “felt lucky.” As one of them later told me, “It was like, holy shit.”
continue reading… the first of a five-part series explaining, in remarkable detail, how Obama and the Democrats came to pass health care reform.… The New Republic

How They Did It

The inside account of health care reform’s triumph.

….Focus had come with the campaign and, later, the first months of his presidency. By August, Obama could square off against any health care wonk in the country, including the ones who worked for him. Still, the passion he discovered wasn’t ultimately about the substance of health care policy—not entirely, anyway. Obama had come to view this debate as a proxy for the deepest, most systemic crises facing the country. It was a test, really: Could the country still solve its most vexing problems? If he abandoned comprehensive reform, he would be conceding that the United States was, on some level, ungovernable. Besides, several aides recall him saying, “I feel lucky.”

After the meeting broke up, a few of his advisers milled in the hallways outside the Oval Office, pondering the prospect of taking up such a high-risk strategy because the president “felt lucky.” As one of them later told me, “It was like, holy shit.”

continue reading… the first of a five-part series explaining, in remarkable detail, how Obama and the Democrats came to pass health care reform.… The New Republic

“They do. If I have a bullet hole in my chest, I can go down to UMC and I’m gonna get health care.”

Chickens For Checkups lady [Sue Lowden's] campaign manager claiming everyone already has healthcare. 

theplumline 

ok, so now we have it. Lowden and her staff are all a few eggs short of a full dozen.

FRONTLINE Presents OBAMA’S DEAL

PBS’s “Frontline “follows the story of the healthcare bill" and offers the first in-depth look at how the Obama administration operates.” The report  provides a sobering view inside Obama’s deals and reveals the realities of American politics, the power of special interest groups, and the role of money in policy making.” On air & online April 13 at 9:00 pm ET (check local listings). 5min excerpt above.

realitychex 

One of the things in the health bill is 16,000 additional IRS agents. Now I think the average American doesn’t think we need 16,000 health police — they don’t think we need a single health police. And it’s interesting that that health bill has more IRS agents than it has doctors or nurses or people who actually do health in the bill.

I think, Republicans this fall, if they were to run as one of their planks, that they will never fund the 16,000 IRS agents, and they will block implementation of the $430 billion in new taxes.

And then put it straight to the country — Do you want 16,000 new IRS agents? Vote Democrat. Do you not want 16,000? Vote Republican.

Newt Gingrich. 

This why I don’t have any respect for most Republicans. The distortions and outright lies on matters of such importance is unreal. Argue, debate the merits of your opinion. There are plenty of valid and honest disagreements on this and other issues. I can totally respect a difference of opinion but outright lies make me believe that they are all about grabbing power by any means necessary. So sickening (no pun intended).

video of Newt spewing this lie here 

video of Lawrence O’Donnell dispelling the lie here 

factcheck.org - Q: Will the IRS hire 16,500 new agents to enforce the health care law?

A: No. The law requires the IRS mostly to hand out tax credits, not collect penalties. The claim of 16,500 new agents stems from a partisan analysis based on guesswork and false assumptions, and compounded by outright misrepresentation.

Here is that O’Donnell piece I tried to to link directly to on the lying healthcare IRS nonsense (the embed wouldn’t work). Great job by O’Donnell (as usual) check it out.