Quick Hits June 28, 2012: Thoughts on Obama, Healthcare—and Ann Curry

Quick Hits June 28, 2012: Thoughts on Obama, Healthcare—and Ann Curry

From a guy who had less political experience than Sarah Palin, Barack Obama has certainly shaped a lasting legacy getting done what couldn’t be done politically in almost 100 years. 

Republicans are really going to be kicking themselves in 20 years for naming this healthcare law “Obamacare” Could you imagine if we called Medicare “Johnsoncare”? 

The push for universal healthcare coverage started with Theodore Roosevelt’s push in the election of 1912.  Since then, FDR attempted it in 1935 and Truman called for it is 1949’s “Fair Deal”.  Obviously, Lyndon Johnson got Medicare and Medicaid passed in 1965. 

Didn’t Richard Nixon call for comprehensive health insurance in 1974? 

Republicans rallied against Johnson’s Medicare in 1965, calling it, among other things, “socialized medicine” and arguing that it would reduce quality of care.  What’s the GOPs position on Medicare now? 

In 1961, Ronald Reagan said this about Medicare: “[I]f you don’t [stop Medicare] and I don’t do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free”

Didn’t George W. Bush expand Medicare?  W’s expansion was called the biggest expansion of Medicare since the program was created.  Wasn’t that bigger government? 

CNN really sucks.  Apparently, so does Fox News, Time and Huffington Post.  Although, I only saw CNN get it wrong. 

How does the right feel about Chief Justice John Roberts? 

I found what Florida Senator Marco Rubio said thoughtful (which is refreshing in terms of criticism— that is not a knock on Rubio, but rather all other criticism of the president which usually involves foam at the mouth): “What's important to remember is that what the Court rules on is whether something is constitutional or not, not whether it's a good idea.  And while the Court has said that the law is constitutional, it remains a bad idea for our economy, and I hope that in the fall we will have a majority here that will not just repeal this law, but replace it with real solutions that will insure more people and cost a lot less money.”

Versus what Sarah Palin tweeted: “Obama lied to the American people. Again. He said it wasn't a tax. Obama lies; freedom dies."

Is Sarah Palin still in 3rd grade?

The Democratic National Committee's executive director Patrick Gaspard tweeted: “It's constitutional.  Bitches.”

I find that funny.  So apparently, I’m still an adolescent. 

One cool thing: today, history was made.  This decision, like it or not, is constitutionally more important than Roe v. Wade

It’s sad that major news outlets in an effort to be first in getting the news out, didn’t care about getting the news right. 

I heart Ann Curry.   

My wife hearts Ann Curry too, so it’s cool. 

Who doesn't like Ann Curry?  I hear Ann Coulter LOVES Ann Curry!

NBC really screwed up again.

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  • I mentioned the "political alternatives" in my prior post.

    The interesting thing, to which you allude, is that in the argument on whether it was a tax (which was reported as only being relevant to whether the court could enjoin it before it was imposed), it seemed agreed by both sides that a tax would be constitutional, and nobody was willing to use this case to throw out Social Security and Medicare. The government sure makes wage earners pay for both (although apparently not enough to make them solvent). Which again makes Richard Davis's commerce clause argument irrelevant. Someone (whether the MWRD based on federal mandates or whatever) does charge you for pooping into plumbing connected to the lake, even if that is on the water bill rather than the 1040.

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