Next Monday the Supreme Court is going to write history as it begins the Obamacare case filed by the NFIB to challenge the constitutionality of the individual mandate. The Republicans have renewed their campaign against Obamacare with ads on TV, especially in those cities where Obama will visit in his tour promoting American energy. The debate has again heated up at the two-year anniversary of the controversial bill. Let’s look at it with an unbiased conscience and answer a few questions from both view points.
Is the individual mandate unconstitutional?
Yes, it almost compels everyone to buy insurance. Government cannot compel individuals to buy any good or service. If a healthy individual should doesn’t buy insurance, he should not be penalized. The government would call it a tax and impose on people under government’s taxing power. But it is actually a penalty and most individuals will be penalized if they don’t buy insurance.
No. Everyone needs medical care . Those who don’t buy insurance and don’t pay medical bills take resort at emergency rooms. They result in increased cost of medical care, the burden for which is borne by others who pay for insurance. If insurance becomes mandatory, the cost of insurance is bound to decrease. It is a tax that one should pay.
Is Obamacare decreasing costs of health care?
No, it is not. According to a recent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers cost for health care has increased from 7.5 percent in 2010 to 8 percent on 2011 and will increase to 8.5 percent in 2012. This is the opposite of the president’s promise that Health care plan would decrease insurance premiums by $2,500 per person.
Yes, it will decrease the cost of premium in the long run when it will be fully implemented, a recent study by Families USA shows.
Will the Health care law abolish discrimination against women by insurance companies?
The opposition stays quiet on this issue. They rather try to authorize an amendment that would allow any employer or insurance the right to deny women access to a wide range of life saving health care.
Obamacare has promised that there will be no more gender bias in healthcare. The National Women’s Law Center confirms how the Health care law is improving the state of women’s health care in every state.
Does Obamacare cut Medicaid?
Yes it does. And it is forcing seniors to abandon this popular plan.
No, it is aimed at providing even better care to the elderly including free annual checkups and preventive care.
Should our healthcare cover planned parenthood?
No, it is an unnecessary burden on religious people who do not support abortion.
Yes, because abortion and planned childhood are necessary to keep the society balanced. Abortion is often a necessity to keep the mother alive and safe. Unplanned parenthood can only bring about uncared for children who grow up to be unwanted citizens. Recently, a woman from the public asked Mitt Romney in Illinois “You know what would make me happy? Free birth control.”
National Women’s Law center