In the deepest of ironies, the poor and uninsured are paid to camp out for days in Washington, holding spots for Senators, Congressmen and other bigwigs who do not want the hassle and unpleasantness of waiting for seats at the Supreme Court three-day health care hearings starting Monday.
Speaking on CNN Monday, Cathy McClure, one of those camping out to get a seat at the health care hearing, said most of the folks we seee on television sitting day and night in the Capitol are not there because they have a vested interest in the process but are just "fillers" for those who opposed the Affordable Care Act, namely Washington Republican politicians and special interest groups.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear debate over the Individual mandate, which Republicans say is unconstitutional, for it forces us to buy health care. But this is just one part of the Act which is a stagering 2,700 pages. Why fixate on one part and ignore all the other beneficial parts?
Such as: affordable health care for every American. Lower costs to Seniors. Preventing gluttonous insurance companies from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. Children can stay on their parents insurance until the age of 26. No co-pays for things like mammograms, colonoscopies and immunizations. Are these benefits bad for Americans?
The argument that mandating it is unconstitutional is absurd. We are a country where the federal government mandates a whole lot. We have to purchase car insurance. We must send our children to school or provide some form of alternative education for K through 12th grade. We must pay our taxes, including property taxes. We can't even walk the street drinking beer if it is not in a concealed brown paper bag.
A healthy nation is a productive, cost-efficient nation so it is in our best interest to get health care under control. The unisured will get sick and those sick have to be cared for. Where do they go? To hospital emergency rooms and that costs is eventually passed onto the rest of Americans. Insuring those without eliminates this.
Senators and Congressmen enjoy the platinum of healthcare coverage, paid for by tax-payers, yet they are paying poor folks to hold space for them to fight to overturn something that would benefit these very people?
How low would our politicians go?
On March 23, 2010, the president signed what he thought was a landmark bill into law after much contention and now two years later, he has to fight tooth and nail again to keep it on the books. Is partisan politics behind this rabid opposition bulldozing all the way to the highest court in the land?
Some of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, dubbed "Obamacare," have already kicked in and some will starting 2014. According to federal health officials, more than 3 million people in my state of New York are already seing the changes, 54 million nationwide.
By 2014, over 30 million nationwide will reportedly gain health coverage, 1 million in New York alone, reported Your News Now (YNN).
I admit, the Democrats have done an abysmal job articulating what the healthcare Bill entailed and when the President signed it into law, they were even more obtuse if that is humanly possible. Americans do not know what is between the thousands of pages and over 50 mandates, and Republicans pounced on that for it worked brilliantly in their favor.
This is not about caring for their constituents, this is about political power and defeating one man. The juvenile moniker "Obamacare" used at every turn by the final four presidential candidates on the campaign trail says it all. They have all loudly and vehemently vowed to repeal it--even Mitt Romney, who ironically implemented the same healthcare reform in his state of Massachusetts when he was governor.
Stay tuned for more as the drama is set to unfold in Washington beginning any moment now.