Thursday, June 28, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2106, June 28th, 2012

Depiction of the Court Decision this morning. 


Today the Supreme Court of America upheld The Affordable Care Act. By a vote of 5 to 4, the Court did not strike down the individual mandate. The bill is constitutional. Not since the landmark decision of the Warren Court on Brown Vs. the Board of Education has a decision been so widely anticipated. The Supreme Court recognized a few things that people who possess a modicum of common sense know: 
1. You can’t overturn something that is not yet in effect. How can you try to overturn a law when its effects and ramifications have not yet been put into practice? 
2. Right now we Americans are required to buy car insurance, we have to buy registrations for those cars, we have to pay a fee to get married and a fee to get divorced. We have to pay a fee to cross a bridge and dispose of our garbage. Is it such a stretch that we require Americans to buy health care? 
3. Roberts recognized that by not upholding the law, chaos would ensue. I read in the newspaper the other day that the local Blue Cross said the worst case scenario would be to throw out the individual mandate. In a country that wants our citizens to play by the rules, why would we allow citizens to abuse the system by not buying insurance when healthy but having others pay for the benefits when they are sick. I could never understand why the opponents who say they want a level playing field wanted to impose that unfairness in any system. 
4. This decision being upheld also gives insurance companies an opportunity to budget and prepare a financial model on how to pay claims. As a young boy in 1965, I heard the hue and cry when Medicare was passed. We were told the insurance companies would be put out of business. Yet companies like Blue Cross, Geisinger and Aetna make millions of dollars on supplemental policies. With the 80/20 rule, the insurance companies are going to become stewards of community health instead of rate raising shylocks. 
A follower of this site, Sabrina McLaughin wrote on her Facebook posting today that she is so used to having the Democrat’s policies knocked around and opposed these days that she was shocked the bill was upheld. On my drive to work, I had music on but at 1015PM tuned to a talk station to hear the bill was scrapped. I too was pleasantly surprised. No, I was elated. The bill should have been better (a public option) and should have been explained more clearly by the administration and not defined by a Republican party that has lost its mind. But today was a great day in America. Today, a Supreme Court Chief Justice chose common sense over ideology. John Roberts chose to take a bold stand and not stoke the flames of defeatism. The delicious irony in all of this is that he was a Justice picked by a Republican President. History has a way of shaping the man. As Earl Warren did in the 1950s making Civil Rights possible, so did John Roberts in this century. Making health care possible for all Americans. 


The new mantra now for the right and the Republican party will be to call this an Obama Tax. They couldn’t win on calling the Affordable Health Care Act Obama Care, now they have to label it a tax. Incredible. I am stunned at how quickly the spin masters of the GOP went to work. And these people are dangerous. These people are destructive. These people almost defeated the Health Care bill with staged town halls that scared politicians into hiding. Their rhetoric drove out many courageous political people that took a stand for the individual and not the corporation. Their job will be to now convince America that by buying health care, it will be a tax. Like Rasputin, their ill words refuse to die because they are fueled by people who are either ignorant of what is good for their country or who are hell bent on destroying any administration plan because it is proposed by a black man. Their comments need to be rebutted. 


The President came out this morning and these words struck me that the man still doesn’t get the fact that people don’t want him to succeed. “I know the debate over this law has been divisive. I respect the very real concerns that millions of Americans have shared.” The debate was divided because the administration let the other side define the debate. The very real concerns Americans had were part of the reckless rhetoric inflicted on them by the Republican right. Before the law was drafted, 85% of the American people wanted a public option. By the time the GOP spinmasters got finished, the Affordable Care Act barely passed. All because the President wanted to invite the bullies who stole his lunch money over for afternoon tea! The Affordable Care Act was Obama’s signature bill and he’s still apologizing for it. The famed chef, Julia Child once wrote, “Never apologize for a dish you made”. Congratulations Mr. President…………but wise the hell up.


At 11:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is the esteemed Professor? Didn't he assure everyone that the Affordable Health Care Act would be declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court? He certainly opines about how good he is predicting political events. What happened on this one??

At 7:36 AM, Anonymous Pope George Ringo said...

Actually, the GOP "did" win on the Obamacare tag.
THe Act was the main reason that the Democrats lost control of the House in 2010.

In a nation where supposedly reasonably inteligent people can be sold the belief of "death panels", etc. it would not be a surprise the Chief Justice was actually sealing Obama's fate as a one term President.

It's dirty politics but that is the world today...and the Dems had better learn it--and fast!
Bless You All...

At 8:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonki, why do you continue to play the race card in your defense of this President? Even the President's staunchest supporters don't do that. Could it be that you are still stuck in the 60s? No one is wishing this man ill because of his color.

At 9:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The race card should absolutely be in play when it comes to president Obama. People just don't get it that those without insurance walk into the emergency rooms for head colds and other BS which ties up our services and has cost hospitals to operate at a loss for the past several years. No insurance no service! That should be the rule. And yes, the professor is lost when he is wrong, he is nothng less than a pompus ass.

At 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 8:36AM.....

Wanna bet?

At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Good morning students,
For those of you who are wondering of my opine on the SCOTUS vote on Obamacare and accuse me of dodging my reaction--WERE YOU SLEEPING IN CLASS YESTERDAY?!?
Seriously, your parents pay good money to send you here and you slackers won't pay attention if it does not benefit your selfish needs....again---DO YOUR RESEARCH and go to a rehab center to cure the alcohol and drug addiction.
For my reaction to this monstrocity, please refer to my lecture of YESTERDAY>.
It makes no sense to go through life dumb, liberal, and pointless....
Pay attention!!
Something to think about this morning.....
Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 11:54 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Once again Mr. Yonki tortures me with memories of that disgusting year of 1967. May I suggest a more serene year? Perhaps 1957?
The business of this classroom goes forward....
Students, today is one of the most tragic days in American History. It is on a par with Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy Assassination and 9/11. Today the U.S. Supreme court, courtesy of its supposedly conservative Chief Justice, John Roberts, upheld most of the provisions of the Obama Health Bill a.k.a. Obamacare.
Why a supposedly intelligent man would side with the four leftists on the court--Clinton and Obama appointees, baffles me. For the first time in my career I do not possess a direct answer.
I predict that the GOP majorities in the House and Senate will repeal this monstocity of a giveaway bill once President Romney takes office, so there is nothing to fear.
I truly urge all God Fearing citizens to relax. The Supreme Court is not the end all. The legislative process will endure. And once again, some day, one day, we shall once again wake up to a nation where ones medical well being is ones own responsibility--and not his fellow taxpayers.
I look forward to the day I get my country back.
Something to think about this morning.....
Shame On Justice Roberts!!!! You're honor, you are DISMISSED!!!!!!!
As for the rest of you stoners,

Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1:00 PM

At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Millions of Americans will now be covered, and millions more as more of the law takes effect over the next two years. I don't understand why the professor would be against that. Seriously - I can't mentally comprehend why anyone would be against that. I understand their arguments, but I don't know why they make them. I don't know why anyone would be against everyone investing in making sure that everyone has health care in this country, through taxes within a single-payer system, or whether it's through market competition and health exchanges like the ACA provides for. The only thing I can think of is that they're in it for themselves, and only themselves, and they really don't care if everyone is covered; they often ask why they should help me pay for my care -- my response is that I would do the same for you. That's what being part of a community is all about, and we're Americans, and as Americans, we have to look out for one another.

Just my thoughts.

Casey Evans

At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, and in addition, people really need to read the law and what it actually does and doesn't do. The number of people that believe the lies and untruths that the far-right has repeated enough for them to catch on is staggering.

Casey Evans

At 10:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the good professor might find his arrogant overconfidence in his certainty of "President" Romney to have the same result as his certainty that the Supreme Court would overturn Obamacare. If one examines the polls, after a month of bad news for the president, Barack Obama is still leading Mitt Romney in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Wisconsin, Nevada, and New Hampshire and a close tie in Virginia. This is due to the fact that Romney hasn't got a plan (most notably on health care) nor a real platform, other than "I'm not Barack Obama" and is trying to get people to vote out of anger against the president, instead of giving them a reason to go to the polls and vote FOR him.

Not one person in any article or letter to the editor or commentary I've read has said "I think Mitt Romney would make a great president because...". It's only "Vote for Romney because he's not Obama". Perhaps this is because no one knows what he wants to do, because he's only given us vague platitudes and lacks an actual step-by-step plan. He says he wants to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. Okay - With what? ...Anyone know? Does Mitt Romney even know?

The likelihood of a Romney presidency is being slowly diminished with each new poll that comes out and each new electoral map projection that's published. In each projection that's come out, from progressive, centrist, nonpartisan and conservative news and media outlets, he has yet to even break 200 electoral votes on any map. Depending on which map you're looking at, and how they're categorizing the "lean" and "toss up" states, President Obama has fluctuated between the low 260's to the low 280's in the electoral vote count.

It takes 270 electoral votes to win, and the fact of the matter is that President Obama has a much easier path to that magic number, which is a statement justified and emphasized by the polls.

To conclude, dearest professor, I know that you fantasize about a "President" Romney. Well, I could fantasize about President Jean-Luc Picard - but it won't make it so.

"Make it so". Get it?.. hehehe.

At 11:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems you are the lazy one. If you had looked at your post dated 6/28/12 you would have seen a reply to your delusional rant. Pearl Harbor, 9/11, etc. What have you been smoking? No rational person would make that kind of an analogy. Oh, I forgot, the hatred that you and others like you have for our President and the lust you have for his failure trumps rational thinking! One other thought before I finish, you state "......the day I get MY country back", I thought,as citizens of the United States, it was OUR country.

At 1:57 PM, Blogger Aggie95 said...

I have absolute faith in our Government to run our health care as well as they have run Social Security .... the Post Office ..... oversaw spending ....managed our debt .... Ran the ATF .... ran Congress ... the senate ....reduced poverty.... Race issues ..... welfare .... education .... energy policy .... immigration policy .... In fact I am counting on it

At 10:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please read Roberts' majority opinion. It's long -- 193 pages -- but worth reading. It makes no sense. It's a poorly written and reasoned as the majority opinion in Kelo vs. New London (the eminent domain case) from 2006. He argues the commerce clause of the Constitution does NOT give the government the authority to force anyone to buy anything (he wrote the commerce clause allows government to regulate commerce, it does not allow it to compel it) but then states that government has the right to tax you for not doing government approved behavior. That's bizarre! It makes no sense. Read the opinion. It raises more questions than it answers and leaves open the possibility of government penalizing, or "taxing" you, for all sorts of things it might like you to do -- even though it can't compel you to do anything. My head is still spinning after reading it.


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