Obamacare Is American As Apple Pie and Free Speech

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Alex Izaguirre
Luther Campbell, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. Today, Luke weighs in on Obamacare.

As someone who's knows what it's like to fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, I'm very happy for President Barack Obama and all the hardworking Americans who don't have health insurance. Earlier today, the Justices voted 5-4 to uphold Obamacare as constitutional. The issue should never have been challenged in the first place. But leave it to the Republican Party to mess with people's right to a healthy, long life in the pursuit of happiness.

They don't have a problem with imprisoning people for nonviolent crimes like smoking a joint on a stoop. They don't have an issue with sending young men and women in the military to fight wars in the Middle East. But conservatives throw a fit and declare health insurance for everybody as a war on freedom. It just proves how misguided the GOP's priorities are.

Asking the Supreme Court to weigh in on universal healthcare's legality was like asking the justices if murdering someone is against the law. It's a no-brainer. Hell, taxpayers are already footing the bill for public health insurance. It's called Medicaid. Besides, people who can afford health insurance have already been paying for it when it's deducted out of their paychecks. Every employer should do the responsible thing and offer healthcare to their employees.

Obama's plan is already working miracles. For the first time in my 25 years of coaching youth football, all the kids we look after have health insurance. Living a healthy life should be required for everybody.

Besides, we can't rely on Medicaid to keep bailing out our public hospitals. Just look at what's happened at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Right now, it is the only medical facility that accepts people with no insurance. As a result, Jackson is always on the brink of shutting down because all the patients with insurance end up at the University of Miami hospital next door.

What is going to happen, God forbid, if Jackson closes its doors for good? We'll be a community with sick people dying in the streets. Are we really going to allow that to happen in Miami-Dade? Of course not.

At least now, people with jobs who don't have health insurance can finally get it.

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MarkJ
MarkJ

Luther Campbell is not only a facking idiot, he's about as American as Kim Jong Il.

Gaykiller
Gaykiller

fuck you luther, and god dame our government for this fraud!

Greg Smitherson
Greg Smitherson

"They don't have a problem with imprisoning people for nonviolent crimes like smoking a joint on a stoop."  Maybe because it is AGAINST THE LAW!  Guess you don't have a problem with breaking the law, but I for one, am a law-abiding citizen.  If you have a problem with getting a ticket or getting arrested for smoking a joint, then work to change the laws.  But you should have respect for the laws that are in place and abide by them.  Unless, by your analogies, I shouldn't be punished for stealing $1 from you, because, afterall, it's so minor that it really doesn't hurt anyone.  How about if I steal your TV, or your car?  Should I be imprisoned then?  Where's the cutoff?  Pot's ok, but is crack?  Huffing paint?  Heroine?  Where does it end?  Your article is not surprising, but is disappointing. 

Greg Smitherson
Greg Smitherson

Woohoo!  I now have the right to have the government tell my doctor how to treat me, and mandate that I get coverage, or tax me if I don't.  And best of all, I now have the fortunate mandated direction to pay for those who can't afford it, as the cost of health care will now be spread across the entire health-care population, with some paying much more than others.  Yeah, that's fair.  Glad to hear I can now support more people with my hard-earned income.  Can I claim the 20M uninsured people as dependents on my tax return?  Of course not.  Thanks Mr. President.  Nice to see you are truly representing "the people", or should I say, "your people".

antidemocrap
antidemocrap

 "They don't have an issue with sending young men and women in the military to fight wars in the Middle East." Why are we still there if its just republicans thinking? Your fearless leader promised to have us out of the middle east yet we are still there and he says maybe til 2024? You sir are a hypocritical dildo. You back anything our leader says and does. If he was raping old ladies on TV you would claim it was necessary for public safety. thank god we have a chance to be saved on election day.

Logan
Logan

I don't think the word "convenient" implies.  Healthcare costs have been rising astronomically for decades and the states sat on their hands the whole time.  45,000 die every year from a lack of medical insurance.  That's one premature death every 12 minutes.  If the federal government didn't act, then tell me who would have?  The insurance mandate was originally a Republican idea, in response to Hillary's push for universal health care.  There were no other serious options on the table. Please, tell me a moral alternative to all this bloodshed over inhumane health policy that preserves precious states rights and human life?  Surely, freedom isn't free.  But neither is a clean conscience when it comes to protecting the poor from the cold money grubbing machinery that is today's medical industry. I'm for single payer.  But that's a mandate too isn't it?  Taxes = mandate.  Personally I'd rather pay the non-profit goverment than a for-profit private entity.  Government death panel vs insurance company death panel?  Which one would you choose?  The one that's elected by the people?  Or the one that's selected by shareholders?

Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

  Republicans would have us believe this is bad for America.  Is there any doubt that a Romney administration would favor the rich and increase the income gap in our country while leaving millions of our citizens uninsured and unprotected?  Mitt is a pariah in Mormon Clothing and will stop at nothing to expand an empire of greed for the rich in this country.  Can his sacred Mormon underwear gain him enough donations to buy this election?  See for yourself as Mitt dons his tighty-whities sent from the Good Lord Himself at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-underwear.html

Tfriedm1
Tfriedm1

Logan, you should quibble over your rights when your govt exercises power simply because it is the convenient thing to do. Power is a dangerous and corruptive force. Look at Guantanamo or the Yoo torture memos. It's limits should not be carelessly overlooked in the name of convenience. For one, when a line is crossed out of convenience, other established lines begin to be crossed...out of convenience.

Logan
Logan

That's funny, the only people I know who aren't working are republicans who are collecting spousal support and/or living on bloated civil pensions or disability.  Personally, I don't know any liberals who are abusing the system.  Maybe because I know have too much respect the role of government...  and aren't lowlifes who only follow rules from fear of punishment.  I do know a single Democratic mother who is on food stamps.  She works two jobs and goes to college full time while paying rent on two locations for legal custody reasons, commuting two hours everyd to make sure she can see her daughter 6 days a week.   She is technically dirt poor, on the government dole, and studying to be an engineer.  I don't any of these "millions of lazy people" you keep ranting about.  I am starting to wonder if you know any of these people or just getting angry over imaginary liberal sluggards in your head.

Logan
Logan

People at the bottom work the hardest to earn a living wage.  Most people I know working low wage jobs usually have a one or two main jobs and a self employed gig for extra cash for xmas.  They work 50 to 60 hours per week to earn ~$20-30k a year.   The only thing lazy regarding them is the consideration of people like you for all their thankless and often dirty work.

Tf
Tf

Actually, they did agree with my position. The court ruled 5-4 that they did not have jurisdiction to review the ACA. However, the court also ruled 5-4 that IF they did have jurisdiction, they would strike down the ACA, dad.

Tf
Tf

You could say the same thing about the 4 liberal justices that voted ideologically. Only Roberts showed true impartiality. Yes, healthcare reform is absolutely necessary. But just because someone offers one plan doesn't mean it is the right plan. I can applaud Obama and the Democratic Congress' effort, but this is not a constitutional program.

Tf's Daddy
Tf's Daddy

It would seem the Supreme Court, the entity entrusted with determining what is and is not constitutional, disagrees with your position that "the constitution only permits the states to administer" universal healthcare; but hey, what do they know.

Tf
Tf

Logan, while it is true that Republicans were trying to take down the entire act, there are other non-sinister issues motivating that action. For example, the ACA permits the Dept of HHS to withhold all federal funds to states supplies via Social Sec, Medicare and Medicaid. However, when states began accepting these funds over 50 years ago, they never contracted/negotiated receipt of these funds based on a universal healthcare system administered from the federal govt. This concept is known as federal coercion. Similarly, there is an issue of the federal govt commandeering state officials/agencies by requiring these agencies to administer this federal program. Only state governors in their executive role have the power to direct and command state officers/agencies. Again, this is clearly a constitutional issue, and as an Obama supporter, I can recognize these issues and maintain my appreciation for Obama's good intentions. However, the ACA is simply unconstitutional.

EatRight
EatRight

 It is a no-brainer, the 4 conservatives that voted the wrong way are mostly partisan hacks. The reality is we are the only major developed country that doesn't properly take care of the health of it's citizens.

Logan
Logan

@Tf, granted the federal insurance mandate wasn't exactly a "no-brainer," but republicans weren't just against that particular nettle.  They were trying to repeal "Obama Care" in it's entirety.  Most of the rest of the provisions are pretty straight forward in their benefit to consumers from almost any perspective except the insurance companies.  The only reason they signed on was because the insurance mandate would more than offset their lost revenue.  I think it a crock of BS that they get decide what is fair after screwing us over for so long, but that is a totally different issue than states rights.  Their influence on this insurance mandate has more to do with the Citizen's United ruling than Obama Care as a whole.

Tf
Tf

Many republicans believe that universal healthcare is important, but the constitution only permits the states to administer it, and the federal audaciously exceeds its limited power under the ACA (see Mitt Romney's Massachusetts plan). You have no credibility if you choose to ignore the realities and complexities at issue.

Duh
Duh

Its against the as a socioeconomic tool to keep the poor down. If you look at how certain drugs are punished more harshly because they are more commonly used by a certain group of people.

Logan
Logan

Slavery was a constitutional program.  Some things belong on a pedestal, some belong in a history book.

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