HR 3962... Obamacare Receives a "Do Not Revive" Order!

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Wed, 02/02/2011 - 10:41am.

With the changing of the guard in Washington, Republicans and Libertarians are placing sharp focus on reversing much of the damage caused by the Obama administration's first two years. First up on their agenda is the hotly-debated Affordable Health Care for America Act (or HR 3962) passed earlier this year.


U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson of Florida, speaking on behalf of 26 states, ruled the law unconstitutional. His judicial reasoning is that the requirement of all citizens to purchase health insurance — or be penalized, fined, and criminalized - is inseparable from the law as a whole.

And that's just the beginning.

U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and John Barrasso (R-Wyoming)
"¢ Individual mandate - the requirement to buy government-approved health insurance coupled with a financial penalty for not doing so.
"¢ Employer mandate - the requirement for businesses to provide government-approved health insurance coupled with financial penalties for not doing so.
"¢ Medicaid mandate - the forced expansion of state Medicaid programs.
"¢ Benefit mandates - defines what qualifies as a health plan as well as new federal requirements for regulating health insurance
introduced S.244 on Monday. Their goal with The State Health Care Choice Act is to repeal and replace Obamacare by allowing states to "˜Opt-Out' of its major provisions. Under the legislation, states could choose to "˜Opt-Out' of:

GCN host Kate Delaney (America Tonight) spent two days in Washington, D.C., last week. She spoke to Congressmen of all political stripes, in order to both understand HR 3962 and gauge the climate surrounding it.

Susan Turnbull, Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, voiced her support for the Affordable Health Care for America Act, telling Kate, "I think the number one misconception [about the bill] is that it's not going to help people, and it does help people, primarily on the pre-existing conditions."

Turnbull also pointed out that the bill's language does attempt to remedy gender disparity. "For example, if a woman had had childbirth, had had a baby, that was considered pre-existing conditions for their health care coverage. If a woman had been a victim of domestic violence, that was a pre-existing condition - in eight states - before the Affordable Healthcare bill was passed."

But the consensus among constituents is that positive measures for some people don't overrule the sheer unconstitutionality of the bill. As NBC reported today, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will try to force a Senate vote on the House-passed motion to repeal the health care reform law this week.

While it's unlikely that the GOP will gain the Democratic support needed to garner enough votes for the measure to pass (and Obama could veto the measure even if it did), a repeal vote would force Democrats who are up for re-election in 2012 to go on the record in support of legislation which may not be popular in their home states.

It looks like the second half of Obama's first (and possibly only) term will be a rocky one for him to say the least, with promises unfulfilled and legislative reversals littering the landscape of history.



Rachael Woodhouse - February 1, 2011 - GenesisCommunicationNetwork

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