Obama's Healthcare Law Is Validated
If I had all of two readers I would be grateful. To my loyal followers I wish to apologize. It has been a while, but I’m back. Not only am I here to stay, but I’m back with a cause.
Today, June 28, 2012, the United States Supreme Court upheld and justified President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, a keystone piece of healthcare reform legislation that for more than fifty years, no other President has had the guts to stand up and tackle. He gets points just for having the balls to tackle this issue in my book.
Nonetheless, the high court of the land ruled in a 5-4 vote in favor of the law. The specific piece of legislation that was under scrutiny was what is known as the “individual mandate” that requires all Americans to purchase a healthcare policy or be fined or “taxed” as the White House has chosen to express it. Some people (especially those on the right) likened this to an unconstitutional tax on Americans that punished them for not purchasing what is otherwise deemed to be a voluntary commodity.
Since the beginning, the healthcare reform bill has been attacked, opposed and protested against as a President’s uncompromising effort to force a good or service onto his people. This is healthcare people! If you knew nothing of American politics, you would think that he was trying to force people to buy syringes and use them to shoot up heroine!
Here’s the thing: I support the White House and the Supreme Court’s decision because the healthcare bill has and will continue to reduce the number of uninsured, it allows students to stay on their parents plans until they turn 26, it STOPS private insurance companies from denying a person’s claim because of pre-existing conditions (imagine your mom switching jobs and being forced to drop her healthcare plan to substitute it with her new company’s but she finds out that she has breast cancer and now the new company won’t cover her treatment due to her “pre-existing condition”), it incentivizes companies to offer comprehensive healthcare to its employees because of a hefty tax rebate for doing so and by 2014, it requires providers to give free check-ups and mammograms, it will have paid for itself AND increased revenue and GDP growth by more than 3%.
Now I would love to say that I knew the mandate would be held in place all along, but I can’t necessarily prove that but what I can say is that Barack Obama is not an idiot. We’ve all seen that, whether you would like to admit it or not. I have had nothing but confidence in Barack Obama since the day I read his book, “The Audacity of Hope” in 2006 (recommended reading). He hasn’t let me too far down yet (fighting for a public option in the healthcare bill would have been nice). Unfortunately, there are some stone-heads out there who get their rocks off by slamming the president with unsubstantiated horse-crap that is spoon fed to them from Fox News. Let’s not feel sorry for them. Let’s revel in their stupidity when Obama wins this thing with an overwhelming majority this November (go ahead, mark my words. This day will live in infamy). Let’s find joy in the ridiculous looks on their faces when it becomes clear that they can’t win.
Here’s why Mitt Romney doesn’t have a chance: Actually, on second thought, there are just way too many accomplishments of this President. Let’s start with the easy stuff like repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a Democratic policy. More rights to women in the workplace; equality to the GLBT community, support of Mexican immigrants who are afraid to become citizens of this condescending nation and who only wish to bust their ass working hard at the jobs that Americans are too lazy and proud to do (and we wonder why our economy is on the eve of collapse); finding and killing Osama bin Laden in less than two years (I gotta say it: something that W. Bush was just too stupid to do). Not to mention that the unemployment rate has steadily and continually dropped since he, Obama, has taken office. Jobs are coming back and our economy is growing stronger every day! Get gas prices out of your head right now! There are, again, unfortunately, brick-brains out there who believe that gas prices are effected (and yes, I mean to use e-ffected and not a-ffected. You’ll get it, just read slower, okay?) by presidential administrations and vice-versa. Well, they’re not.
Unless of course you start a bogus war on false pretenses with a nation that retains 40% of the world’s oil reserves and a surplus of Carlton vests and explosive material and then piss off its friends with threats to invade their land and violate their autonomy.
The bottom line is this: the Supreme Court ruled today. The law is constitutional, it is legal and now it is official. There is nothing else the right can do but rally Romney into the sad spiral of a lost political campaign. I hope to God that I don’t encounter any of them with their ideas and opinions that Romney has a chance. Now, I don’t want to be disrespectful to anyone’s political persuasion but wake up. It’s not going to happen… not a chance in hell will Romney even feel like he thinks he might be close to a shot in the White House come January 2013. Please, just take my word for it, okay?
This isn’t over yet. I am going to follow this election and ride it like the white on rice with a glass of milk on a paper-plate in a snow-storm. I’m just getting warmed up… Stay tuned.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in the small town of Anniston, Alabama, there’s no doubt that country living and sentiments still reside in Terencio Safford, Secret Laboratory’s managing editor.
He came a long way from his roots. He had a very unique childhood which allowed him to experience different cultures, religions and family values; this ultimately gave him a sense of awareness and acuteness that formulated his inspired outlook on life.
He graduated from Anniston High School in 2001 in Anniston, Alabama. He was recruited as a high school senior by the U.S. Army National Guard where he served two years as an Aircraft Electrician. After leaving the Army in 2002, Terencio migrated to Minnesota in 2003 in search of a better opportunity. He attended the Minnesota School of Business in Richfield studying Music Business before realizing that he wanted to pursue music as a hobby and not a career.
He has dedicated his time and talent to writing professionally. Terencio discovered his gift at an early age but pursued other talents and interests with the thoughts that writing was boring and time consuming! Now he finds pleasure and peace in formulating thoughts into creative treasures of literary prose!