So itâs the day after the day after and you know what? The sun came up on both days just like itâs done for the last 5 million or so years. When the President signed his healthcare bill The United States of America had the first âUniversal Healthcare billâ in our history. To all of those people who are celebrating I can only say âYou should have been careful what you wished for.â To those who are on the other side of the coin Winston Churchill said it best.
âNow this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.â
So the fight will go on. As we speak, at least 13 state attorneys general filed suit against the federal government. The states that are definite are Alabama, Colorado, Florida, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Michigan, Nebraska, and Washington. One of the things they claim is that the federal government does not have the authority to force its citizens to buy goods and services they do not want. Constitutional scholars are split over this issue. Some say that Federal Law trumps States Rights. Others think that there is a very distinct possibility that the Supreme Court might say that where you have a freedom secured by a state constitution that it might warrant protection, even against a federal statute. Regardless, overall 34 states are lining up to file suit. Thatâs more than half the Union.
Michael Boldin, founder of the Tenth Amendment Center, in an interview with the AP compared this to the Medical Marijuana confusion. “To me what that indicates is when there are enough people refusing to comply with the federal government and enough states passing laws that also refuse to comply, it’s very difficult for the federal government to enforce their laws.”
So even though the Bill has been signed into law, how its statutes will be enforced remains as fuzzy as how it will be paid for. After all they canât throw all of us in jail.
But this bill is not all bad. There are numerous good things included in the 2000 plus pages of dribble.
1) People may no longer be denied insurance due to pre-existing conditions.
2) There will no longer be a lifetime financial cap on insurance payouts
3) Insurance companies will no longer be allowed to drop policy holders because they get sick
4) Insurance companies will no longer be allowed to arbitrarily raise rates.
5) Children will be able to stay on their parents policy until 26.
Iâm sure those of you who have read the bill can come up with a few more.
Lita Epstein, noted author, has done a well thought out breakdown of winners and losers of this new bill. It cuts through a lot of the minutia and explains it in plain English. The link below will take you there.
It appears now that the mid-term elections in November will be the real litmus test for âWe the peopleâ. The Democrats publicly think November will be no big deal. They feel they will lose some seats but keep the majority. Maybe. All I know is here in California, Barbara Boxer, normally a shoe in for re-election is now dead even with her Republican adversary. Is it a sign of things to come? Weâll have to wait to see. As of Monday March 23rd a Rasmussen poll indicates 31% of the nations voters approve of Barack Obama while 41% of the nation disapproves. His approval rating is up 2% from the week before. But itâs still clear a majority of the nation is not happy. The real question is can the Republicans turn this unhappiness into Republican votes? That will depend on how the GOP handles itself in the next 7 months.
For the last few weeks a quote by Thomas Jefferson has been running through my headâŠ.
âA government big enough to supply you with everything you need is a government big enough to take away everything that you have…. The course of history shows that as the government grows, liberty decreases.â
And at least all of us can agree on one thing; the size of government has grown under the present administration. Will the course of history show Barack Obama as a dismal failure or the President that started the United States on the path to affordable Universal Healthcare for its people? Will the course of history show Barack Obama as the destroyer or savior of the Democratic Party? I guess only time will answer those questions. But one thing is certain, no president since Abraham Lincoln has divided this great country of ours more than Barack Obama. And if the Republicans do gain the majority in the house and senate on November 2nd you can be sure real legislative grid lock will begin on November 3rd.
As a âpost scriptâ I want to add a short note of a personal nature. A good friend and fellow writer Craig Covello has decided it is time for him to lay down his pen and no longer continue his blog âObama White House Diaries.â He is not giving up the fight just giving his hands a rest from all that typing. You see Craig has managed over the last year to turn out at least an article a day on whatâs happening in the present administration. His articles were always fair, insightful and extremely well written. From time to time Craig even allowed Frank and I to publish several of them on our website. They always seemed to ignite a healthy debate.
D.H. Lawrence said it best. “When genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.” Craig managed to capture that passion in every article. I hope in the near future he decides to pick up the pen again because there appears to still be a lot that needs to be written about. Until then his writings will be missed by fans and friends alike.
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