Thursday, June 28, 2012

Today is Make or Break for "Obamacare"

Wow. How embarrassing. Image
from source, Think Progress.
UPDATE: Whew! Upheld, almost entirely. Cool, cool. Many conservatives severely butt-hurt about it, cool, cool. And looks like I was right about the issue of the mandate being a tax. Cool!


And by make or break, I mean possibly broken apart, or broken altogether. Or maybe--just maybe--it will be upheld. As it pertains to healthcare, I'm currently covered by my husband's company's plan. Score one for inclusive corporations. So, I'm not impacted by the decision either way, at least not as things stand. But I know there are lots of people who are enjoying some health care improvements, such as having adult children on their plans until 26, or the moratorium on preexisting conditions.

The truth is, when the separate parts of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare came from Hillarycare linguistically, and Romneycare genetically) are explained, people really like them. Dress them up with the Obamacare name, and inject some Rush Limbaugh-isms, and it has a very low approval rating. Big surprise. And don't tell me that Republicans pushed this Supreme Court battle "for the American people." It was done to get President Obama on his signature achievement. The "individual mandate" was a Republican idea, originally, after all. And it amounts to a tax. Thanks and congratulations will go to Grover Norquist for it not being called that. Who elected him?

So, one way or the other, this is going to be big news today, all weekend, on the Sunday talk shows, and through next week. Whichever way it goes, it's going to be used by both sides in probably many elections. Unlike many of the other issues of the week or two, this one is going to have lasting impact. And thanks to an oopsie, we already know how it's going to be reported, in each possible outcome! At least from the Chicago Sun-Times. Like the ending of the movie Clue, there are multiple endings to this story, all pre-written, and accidentally released. And in each case, there is a downside for Obama! Liberal media my ass. . . .

How Not To Write About Tomorrow’s Supreme Court Decision

Earlier today, the Chicago Sun-Times accidentally posted a pre-written story on tomorrow’s pending Affordable Care Act decision in the Supreme Court, which included ready-to-go intro paragraphs for several possible outcomes. . .

Read them all at: Think Progress

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