Posts Tagged ‘obamacare’

Why I’m Voting For Barack Obama

April 13, 2012 3 comments

Now that Rick Santorum has officially dropped out of the race for President, we can finally focus on the race between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama in November.  (Yes, I’m aware that Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich are still in the race but it’s been a long time since they’ve been considered contenders.)  Some elections are intriguing matchups between two good candidates that I’m torn between.  But this year is not one of them.  For me, the vote is easy – Barack Obama.

In some circles, Obama is villified.  His health care reform package, affectionately known as Obamacare, has drawn the ire of people who feel that the government shouldn’t force them to buy healthcare coverage (although in most cases it’s probably a good idea that they have at least some insurance coverage so the average taxpayer isn’t forced to foot the bill).  He’s taken a large chunk of the blame for the flailing economy (even though the table was already set for a recession when he took office) as well as for the bailouts of the auto and financial services industries.  OK, the auto bailout I can understand about being upset about but the bank bailout?  I know it was unpleasant but it was necessary.  Can you imagine what the economy would’ve been like had the whole financial sector completely collapsed?  Not nearly as pretty as it looks now.

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Is The Supreme Court Finally Ready To Tackle Obamacare?

November 14, 2011 1 comment

Today could be a landmark day for the future of Obamacare.

The Supreme Court plans to announce today whether or not they will hear the President’s health care reform bill that requires Americans to purchase health insurance.  If the high court plans on taking on the case, a decision could come around June 2012.

For the record, I’m a supporter of Obamacare.  I think it’s a good thing for most Americans to have health insurance in their pockets but I have a bad feeling about what would happen to the health care law if it ends up in front of the Supreme Court.  There’s something about the idea of forcing Americans to buy health insurance that I think won’t sit well with the justices and I believe that Obamacare could ultimately end up getting overturned.

I think there’s a big difference between the intent of the law and the “constitutionality” of it.  I think it’s right for people to have health insurance.  I think it’s responsible for people to have health insurance.  I just don’t know if it can be required for people to have health insurance.

I hope that Obamacare sticks.  Today’s Supreme Court announcement will be a big step in figuring out if it will.