Amazingly enough, history continues to repeat! The precedents of our past have a way of coming full circle…take a close look at Chief Justice John Roberts and then take a closer look back at Chief Justice Charles Evan Hughes. Now let’s look at the most obvious commonalities of the two–they are both conservative Republicans who nonetheless sided with liberal justices during a Democratic administration in very controversial and historic cases. Hughes ruling over the constitutionality of Social Security under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Roberts ruling in the health care reform act; Obama Care under President Barack Obama.
During “The Great Depression of the 1930’s” when poverty among senior citizens was at its’ highest, President Franklin D Roosevelt enacted the Social Security Program to limit and prevent poverty and unemployment which was plaguing the old aged, widows and fatherless children. The constitutionality of Social Security was challenged, debated and resisted…Many opposed this program and labeled it “socialism” to create hysteria and rally support against this so-called “social insurance.”
Over the past 80 years past US Presidents’ have enacted legislation in attempts to reform Health Care in our country– Medicare, COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985) and SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program). In response to the increasingly amount of millions of Americans without health care and the plea for reform, President Obama enacted The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This act mandates health insurance and is designed to reform our insurance, health care systems and provide quality accessible care for all Americans.
Just as before, the opponents are armed and ready to point and click — they have a bus load of tea bags ready to deploy and destroy! The rants of “socialism” are at the forefront and the downstream effects on the economy and businesses are being projected—And again, Health Care Reform is being attacked and The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality has been questioned–
Well, the SCOTUS has spoken AGAIN– The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act IS CONSTITUTIONAL– end of story!
Quite frankly, none of us have all of the facts, figures and knowledge to reconcile our nation’s debit to make an intelligent assertion as to whether or not “Obama Care” is fiscally prudent yet alone prove our national debt will suffer or increase as a result of health care reform.
Did it make sense to ensure the elderly, widows and fatherless children with a “social insurance” program in 1935? Yes it did— Yes it does— YES WE CAN!!!
Does is make sense to have access to quality care for all Americans without life time limitations and barriers due to pre-existing conditions– as it is defined by insurance companies? Yes it does—YES WE CAN!!!
YES WE CAN–YES WE WILL!
What commonalities do you see between Presidents FDR and Obama?
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