The Republican messaging machine is running in high gear on Obamacare. It's a tax. It's socialism. It will be the ruination of America, economically, morally and spiritually. And so forth.
But they're havimg a hard time fitting rock-ribbed Republican Chief Justice John Roberts into the messaging. A strong line developed yesterday that Roberts had pulled a fast one by sacrificing a short-term loss on the president's signature legislative achievement to the greater good of a wonderfully conservative interpretation of broader law. Plus, this theory goes, he provided some coverage of the reflexively political inclinations of the Republican court majority, evidenced in the lockstep four-vote dissent.
But it's awfully hard to sell the notion that the outcome you fervently prayed against is, after all, a good thing.
So an alternate theory emerges:
Some conservatives are blaming the chief justice's alliance with liberal justices on his epilepsy medication and cognitive problems. Drug-crazed, in other words. These compassionate conservatives will eat their young, too, if given a chance.
Still more crazed wing-nut reaction here. La. Gov. Bobby Jindal is leading the George Wallace Redux Movement, vowing not to allow implementation of broader health coverage for his state's citizens. The Louisiana working poor and sick: Uninsured yesterday. Uninsured today. Uninsured forever. Thanks, Bobby.
And then there are the gun nutatics.
ALSO RE HEALTH CARE:
1) MAKEUP CALL: I probably gave Sen. Mark Pryor unduly short shrift yesterday over his statement responding to the Obamcare ruling. He voted for the law. His statement yesterday cited the many benefits. Lumping him with the reprehensible Mike Ross, who remains an unapologetic supporter as well as gun nut and civil liberites oppressor, just wasn't fair. I give Pryor a second crack by repeating his statement on the jump.
2) SECOND DISTRICT: Herb Rule, Democratic candidate for 2nd District Congress, has a statement cheering the ruling. His Republican opponent, Rep. Tim Griffin, has been a consistent opponent of broadening health care coverage and supports the Ryan budget that would wreck Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Herb Rule’s aim in running for Congress is to help improve the health, income and education of Arkansas people. Rule says, “We must have healthy, well educated people to create new jobs and business so all Arkansans prosper and live fulfilling lives.
Yesterday’s landmark decision by the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act by a margin of 5 to 4 lets Arkansans continue to benefit from greater access to health care for ourselves, our children and older relatives, rather than hunting for emergency care only after a serious illness or accident has taken its toll. It will bring certainty and protection for all of us so we can concentrate on building our families and businesses and help make America great again.
In light of this decision, I am confident, that Governor Beebe and Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford, as well as all of our doctors, nurses and hospitals will continue to push forward to bring affordable healthcare to all ages. I will be your strong arm in Congress to shape sensible solutions to this need. Our productivity and prosperity depends on it.
The Court’s decision protects women with regular cancer screenings, thousands of children who would otherwise have no medical care, and puts a lid on insurance companies’ denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions and limits them to a reasonable profit.
Certainly, the law can be better, but the way to protect our health care, which is the best in the world, is by experience and amendment, not by repeal. My opponent has been an aginner from the start, and continues to play political games with our healthcare. I care about Arkansans, and having spent a lifetime working in and for this state will continue that work in DC, not play political games with your money.”
MARK PRYOR STATEMENT
The cost of health care is having a major impact on Arkansas families and it is taking an enormous toll on our nation’s budget and well-being. This reason is why Presidents and lawmakers of both parties have promised to fix this broken system for more than 40 years. It is also the reason I have worked to make health care more affordable, accessible and reliable for Arkansans. The law we passed, while not perfect, is already making health care more affordable, accessible and reliable. It is benefiting children, adults and seniors throughout our state.
Before health care reform, I heard from an individual in Greenwood who couldn’t afford life-saving medicine for his heart condition. He is now one of the 36,000 Arkansas seniors who are saving a collective $30 million on prescription drugs through Medicare. I received a letter from a mom in Fayetteville who can now insure her 5-year-old with Down Syndrome, and an email from Brian in Rogers who was able to purchase health care coverage despite having multiple sclerosis. In fact, in Arkansas more than 35,000 young adults have gained health insurance, 574 individuals with pre-existing conditions were able to buy coverage after being denied in the past and 819,000 individuals received preventive services with no deductible or co-pay. The protections upheld today by the Supreme Court will continue to benefit these families, and thousands of other Arkansans who have struggled with the cost of health care in our country.
I am still analyzing today’s ruling. While it provides more certainty, it still allows us to work in a bipartisan way to improve our health care system.