An important few days for 59 million Americans

I was listening to American talk radio yesterday, which typically is conservative talk, and the issue of Health Care, aka Obamacare, has come up again.

In the Supreme Court at the moment we have the final hurdle for the Presidents Health Care package to go through.

The nuts and bolts of this are that the Republicans don’t want Obamacare to be law, and the Democrats do. The scary thing is that of the 350,000,000 people in America, the decision on Obamacare will come down to one man…an unelected man…Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The man often known as the Supreme Court’s swing justice posed tough questions about the scope of the controversial health care overhaul Tuesday, suggesting he might have doubts about its validity.

Justice Anthony Kennedy did not tip his hand as to how he might ultimately vote in the case — a ruling is not expected until summer.

But on the most important day of hearings for the landmark case, the bench was thoroughly engaged for a two-hour debate over the constitutional merits of President Obama’s health care law. Based on the tenor of Tuesday’s arguments, the justices appear to be closely divided and the case may ultimately come down to the views of Kennedy.

The general take of those opposing the legislation is this. You cannot force someone to purchase a ‘product’ and it’s illegal to force someone to buy a product in their own state as you won’t be allowed to cross state lines to get health insurance.

For those opposed, the argument never seems to talk about the 59 million Americans who are currently uninsured and what would be best for them.

This may be stopped in the Supreme Court, however if it is it will be a ‘technical’ victory celebrated only by the ill-informed, the private insurance industry and those receiving support from that industry aka The Republicans.

We are hearing people still talk about ‘socialised’ medicine. talk to any American who lives in NZ now, under a socialised medicine regime, and they will tell you it’s better here…you can pay for your private insurance, or if you cannot afford it you can have all of us look after your costs, in a caring society that would seem to be what one would do…isn’t it?

2 thoughts on “An important few days for 59 million Americans

  1. Laurie March 28, 2012 / 10:16

    Hi Pat, Enjoy your morning show…in fact, even called in today to comment on Hunger Games-I read it, loved it, saw the movie…anyway… Gotta disagree with some of your blog. As an American living in NZ the past 7 years, married to a Kiwi, I still prefer the US health care system. More options, less waiting time. I have been had several minor medical situations while in NZ, but unfortunately, hope nothing serious occurs, as I have seen too many friends on waiting lists. Many people in the US are uninsured by choice and would rather spend their $$ elsewhere and most are insured by their employer. Personally , over my 53 years, I have been insured by employer at times, and personally paid for insurance. Was also an uninsured single mom and covered by goverrnment insurance. There are many free healthcare options available to low income. For the small percentage that truly need help…let’s help them, instead of revamping ALL insurance options. The system is not perfect, but it is one of the most desired in the world. More people travel to the US for healthcare than any other country in the world. Thanks Pat for your time! Cheers and blessings


  2. Mike Houlding March 28, 2012 / 16:35

    Pat, health care (and isn’t the health portfolio the poisoned chalice for any minister ?) is an incredibly difficult subject – and far too complex just to assume that Obama’s reforms are good and his opponents bad. Like all complex issues everyone is partially wrong and partially right at the same time.
    I work in healthcare and am appalled at our ACC scheme, and incredulous that we should have to pay 3 times for healthcare; through our taxes, our ACC levies and through private insurance and we still have a creaky system that attracts a lot of genuine criticism.
    Surely it wouldn’t be too hard for a taskforce to study health care systems in other countries and come back with recommendations for what an ideal health care system for NZ could look like. I think it speaks volumes that no other country has emulated our own ACC. (Not that I know of anyway.)

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