Ruling improves health

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The Supreme Court has ruled that the core of the Affordable Care Act is constitutional!

Despite all the negative comments by our press that this is dictating a policy that is unpopular with the people, the health of this country and our state will be vastly improved. An estimated 1.3 million Georgians who do not have health care will now benefit – as all Georgians will.

One of the important provisions that is often overlooked is that preventative care is part of this act. This means that all of us are entitled to physicians’ visits to advise us of healthier diets, and determining underlying diseases of which we may not be aware. Millions of families are healthier because their children can stay on their families’ health plans as they transition into the work force and get their own plans. The full benefits will continue to evolve until 2014.

The decision by the court certainly is a victory for the president and the Democrats. It will no doubt enhance their chances of re-election. However, this is not time to crow but to hope that the decision will stop the partisan nature of Congress that has prevented this country from moving forward. Hopefully, Republicans will realize that opposing the president’s policies for political purposes is not working.

Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion emphasized the meaning of the court’s decision. Many of us have continuously criticized the Supreme Court justices as being partisan rather than judicious, especially after the Gore v. Bush and Citizens United decisions. The ruling that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional should change many minds.

Lowell Greenbaum

Augusta

(The writer is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)

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Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 06/30/12 - 03:50 am
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"The laws of economics"

have failed to produce an austerity success story, despite many attempts over the last several decades. Please counter with proper empirical evidence.

rt7171
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rt7171 06/30/12 - 07:02 am
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Obama Care

If this health care law is so great why are the president, first lady, all senators and congressmen exempt from this mandate?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/30/12 - 07:30 am
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Just keep in mind that

Just keep in mind that Obamacare is not paid for. It is already established that it will cost us twice what they predicted when they were stealing money from seniors on Medicare and double counting "savings". It wasn't paid for using THEIR numbers and now it is LESS than half paid for. The TAXES start in 2014 and will have to be raised eventually by more than 100% just to break even with the cost on the FIRST DAY. The bottom line for the vast majority of working people is that MOST EMPLOYERS will opt to pay the penalty and that means MOST OF YOU will end up on the equivalent of MEDICAID.

Repeal Obama and the Democrat TAX. Put Harry Reid in the little office out back. And REPEAL and REPLACE Obamacare with common sense reforms instead of a government takeover of healthcare paid for with working people's TAXES. Keep in mind that the usual suspects STILL PAY NOTHING and middle and lower middle class people will bear the brunt of this Obama Democrat TAX with higher costs and WORSE medical care.

How about a little truth in advertising Lowell. Tell the working taxpayers who will be paying for this through the nose. Who will be waiting months and months for medical treatments because of the shortage of doctors? How come the only ones subject to the TAX PENALTY are the same people who are paying all of the TAXES now and the same people who pay nothing today still get a FREE RIDE under the OBAMA DEMOCRAT TAX INCREASE.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 06/30/12 - 08:12 am
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I can't make up my mind if

I can't make up my mind if Lowell's moniker should be Heckle or Jeckle

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 06/30/12 - 08:34 am
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???

Ruling improves health? How does the Imperial Federal Government taking over one sixth of the U.S economy improve anything or any one in America?
All it does is give bureaucrats the power to make YOUR healthcare decisions for you.
Death panels? The whole system is a death panel. Just wait until the waiting lines for those vaunted "basic preventative services" is so long Americans will pray for the system we have now....
Instead of handing this job over to the Feds why didn't Dems allow certain changes to be made to the system...like allowing insurance coverage to be bought across state lines, or at the very least pushing for tort reform? Both Republican ideas that were rejected.
I'll tell you why....ambulance chasing "one call that's all" attorneys are some of the Democratic parties largest contributors...
Sorry Mr. Greenbaum......not buying it....Come November this will prove to be the undoing of your "Messiah" and will ensure a Republican in the White House and a takeover of the Senate giving those who will repeal this monstrosity the power to do so....and quickly before any more of our freedoms are lost to over-reaching programs such as this....

carcraft
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carcraft 06/30/12 - 08:43 am
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The ruling blew a hole in the

The ruling blew a hole in the health care care bill that the feds are going to have to repair and the the true cost of the bill will now be born by the federal government instead of passed of on to the states as was orginally planned. Roberts repeal of the Medicare mandate now will put the working poor on the federal plan. Once a state head count of who will remain under medicare is done a real score of the bill can be accomplished.

KSL
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KSL 06/30/12 - 09:38 am
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I never waste time reading

I never waste time reading Heckle/Jeckle's letters. Too full of bull.

allhans
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allhans 06/30/12 - 09:48 am
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carcraft..Medicare or

carcraft..Medicare or Medicaid. I understood that the change was regarding Medicaid. Was I wrong, or is it two separate issues?

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 06/30/12 - 09:56 am
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MEDICAID

Allhans. We often confuse one with the other.

allhans
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allhans 06/30/12 - 10:00 am
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Is it possible for the

Is it possible for the attorneys who appeared before the Court and argued the bill to now argue that the plan ruled on was the plan they argued. That they were mislead. That they should have had a chance to argue the changes (the NEW bill) before it was passed?

allhans
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allhans 06/30/12 - 09:58 am
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Thank you, Carleton.

Thank you, Carleton.

carcraft
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carcraft 06/30/12 - 02:04 pm
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Alljands- You are correct, IT

Allhands- You are correct, IT IS MEDICAID. The problem will now be , for the Democrats,is that this is a budget buster. Americans will now understand the true cost of this monstrosity!

allhans
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allhans 06/30/12 - 10:05 am
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carcraft. The real effects

carcraft. The real effects of this will be felt by the truly, truly needy when they apply for Medicaid, and due to the huge increase in participants, they are told "not accepting any more applicants at the present time".

KSL
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KSL 06/30/12 - 10:14 am
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Don't forget that the plan

Don't forget that the plan steals $500 billion from already strapped Medicare at a time when the boomers are becoming eligible. All Medicare recipients will be affected.

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 06/30/12 - 10:48 am
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Winners and losers

There will be winners and losers as a result of this decision. Sadly, the winners, in most cases, will be people who are not supporting the system. Maybe that is the way it should be if we are going to be a socialistic state.

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 06/30/12 - 10:52 am
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Gloating

I wonder if Lowell and his cohorts will continue to gloat after the bills begin to come in.

Bruno
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Bruno 06/30/12 - 11:04 am
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So the SC is partisan if you

So the SC is partisan if you don't agree with their decision but judicial if you do. Nice of you to admit that Mr. Greenbaum.

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Truth Matters 06/30/12 - 12:02 pm
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Affordable Care Act

To the above posters, I assume each of you has insurance and you pay for it at some level. Why then do you think it’s fair for those who will present themselves to MCG Hospital or University later today with a “Saturday night special” wound to allow you and me to pay for their care, if they can afford to get insurance coverage for themselves?

The mandate part of the law is for those who can afford to get insurance and choose not to do so. If you are being responsible and insuring your family, you have nothing to worry about.

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 06/30/12 - 12:16 pm
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Truth matters

Double post. I don't know why but my Macbook does this too often.

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 06/30/12 - 12:14 pm
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Truth matters

Good point. What you have described happens every day. I don't agree with the mandate but I don't have an answer to your observation.

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TParty 06/30/12 - 12:20 pm
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This idea that the President

This idea that the President and Congress are exempt- they are AUTOMATICALLY covered by a health insurance jut for being the President or congressman/woman.

The bill does not affect them in any way. They don't have to buy anything.They get it for free. It's been always like that.

allhans
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allhans 06/30/12 - 03:46 pm
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Truth matters.,

Chief Justice John Roberts made the observation that the penalty is not severe enough to compel a person to buy insurance.
You can bet the person getting shot today won't be covered by insurance now nor will he be covered in two years. Unless, of course, he has Medicaid.

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avidreader 06/30/12 - 01:00 pm
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Money!

How are we going to pay for this? I understand that shifting funds (medicad/medicare) has something to do with it, but not many details are available. Since Mr. Obama promised transparency, there must be a webpage I can view to find the answers to my questions.

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 06/30/12 - 02:10 pm
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A well executed
Unpublished

A well executed plan.......goodbye barry!!..Thank you SCOTUS!

KSL
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KSL 06/30/12 - 02:57 pm
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Thruth matters. Perhaps that

Thruth matters. Perhaps that is one of thoses changes needed.

KSL
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KSL 06/30/12 - 03:13 pm
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We couldn't change

We couldn't change healthcare as it was, getting rid of the problems with it. No, now we have this obamanation that in all likelihood will need major changes.

allhans
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allhans 06/30/12 - 03:52 pm
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avidreader. 500 billion

avidreader. 500 billion dollars taken from Medicare and supposedly more dollars from the uninsured who will now be forced to sign up for coverage, although that makes no sense because premiums from new enrol lees will go to insurance companies.

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CobaltGeorge 06/30/12 - 03:57 pm
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KSL

The heck with a major change, lets give it a RIP change.

KSL
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KSL 06/30/12 - 04:27 pm
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It needs to be totally

It needs to be totally scrapped as it stands.

carcraft
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carcraft 06/30/12 - 05:25 pm
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Notice that Obumbler and the

Notice that Obumbler and the dimocrats never reformed our legal system? Torts are one of the major problems, costs and headaches of providing quality care. Now that Caesar Obama owns health care he might want to consider tort reform..oops I forgot the lawyers are one of his big contributors, oh never mind he will just continue mess up the average citizen’s life!

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