Since Nov 29, 2000
As for the 'Affordable Care' Act being a 'three year old law now', what of it? No law, no matter how old, is permanent. All can be repealed, reformed or replaced. That Jim Crow laws were many years old and well-established didn't stop activists from fighting for their repeal.
George W. Bush, after the capture of Saddam Hussein:
"The success of yesterdays mission is a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq . The operation was based on the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the dictators footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced many dangers in the hunt for members of the fallen regime, and in their effort to bring hope and freedom to the Iraqi people. Their work continues, and so do the risks. Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate them."
Barack Obama, after the death of bin Laden:
"And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as I continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network. Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by my intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan . And finally, last week, I determined that I had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice. Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad , Pakistan."
"The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws"
Left wing fundamentalists want the established law and process of this country to be overturned so they can punish those they hate. Progressive Obama supporters will not accept the rule of law, will not accept due process, will not accept evidence, will not accept the results of a jury, will not accept anything that in any way disagrees with what the progressive left wants to push.
These are the things that civilize our society. Barack Obama and the left are demanding they be suspended so the left gets its way. They truly want a one-party system. They are my enemy.
Obama took a health care system that was working for most people and complicated it, while jeopardizing insurance coverage for responsible working citizens. He could have simply found a way to offer affordable coverage to those who lacked it, but NO, he had to enact a huge federal takeover of 1/6th of the economy. Repeal Obamacare and start over. There are too many problems with this messy, disastrous law.
On one hand re correct that the ACA will shift patients out of the ER and into doctor's offices; at least most of them (I suspect for illegal aliens, who number in the millions in the U.S., the ER will continue to be their only method of healthcare).
However, even if going to a doctor's office is a 50% savings over the cost of an office visit (just to throw a figure out there), that is counterbalanced by the influx of previously-uninsured patients who now have insurance who are now visiting doctors for their everyday care that they would have previously not gone to the ER for. So that eats of any savings. The secondary problem with the ACA is that it does NOTHING to rein in healthcare costs in this country. We still pay 18% of our GDP on healthcare today. Australia pays 9%. A month of the drug Lipitor in the U.S. is $124. In New Zealand the government pays Pfizer $7 for a month's worth. A hip replacement in Belgium costs $18k. In the U.S. it usually costs over $100k.
Is this because we have BETTER healthcare in the U.S.? Hardly. Our outcomes are the same or worse than most modern industrialized nations. The difference is, those countries NEGOTIATE the cost of drugs artificial hips, etc. from the manufacturers. The U.S. has no such negotiating program and such a program isn't included in the ACA.
So in other words, the ACA will DO NOTHING to rein in healthcare costs. All the ACA did was throw all the uninsured into a big government subsidy pool, and ask all the rest of us to pay for it. We already TODAY BEFORE THE ACA went live pay $3,000 per capita on healthcare in this country. That's more than Germany, more than the U.K., more than New Zealand, more than Canada and more than Japan, all of whom have what is generally considered to be excellent, high quality healthcare.
I have no problem with providing every American with health insurance. I have A BIG PROBLEM with the ACA because it did nothing to actually make such coverage affordable in any meaningful way that won't bankrupt this country.