Really, I have no clue why Tea Party people are so angry over the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act.
I thought you guys were conservatives. Think this isn’t a conservative victory?
– Conservatives hate waste. When people don’t have health insurance they either force others to pay their bills, or go bankrupt paying them themselves and then force people to pickup the tab. Either way, one family is destroyed, which as a spreading effect on others. Medical costs are the leading cost of bankruptcy in this country, which means when someone gets sick and goes broke, they don’t pay their bills to you and you have to lay off folks.
– Conservatives hate freeloaders. TEA party people REALLY hate freeloaders. People who show up at hospitals and expect free medical care just because they happen to be bleeding to death or something like that are the worst kind of freeloaders because they haven’t, until then, had the foresight to join an insurance plan to help pay for their care, so they expect the rest of us to save their sorry butts.
Sen. Orrin Hatch hated freeloaders so much that, during the Clinton Administration, he supported efforts to fix those freeloaders — and he used that term — by requiring them to buy insurance, to do their part, to make sure they had skin in the game of their own care.
The Affordable Care Act, by requiring people to join insurance plans or pay a penalty, upholds this conservative doctrine of personal responsibility.
– Conservatives hate inefficiency — sadly, the ACA doesn’t do a lot for this — by maintaining the massive bureaucracy of the multiple groups of insurance providors, it keeps the huge bureaucracy that our medical system requires doctors and hospitals to maintain just to deal with all the claims forms and so on.
– Conservatives hate cruelty. By doing away with pre-existing condition requirements, and by making it impossible for someone to be denied insurance they have paid for after they actually have the unbelievable gall to get sick, the ACA moves our health care system to a kinder and more caring model. People who say we are a Christian nation should be glad to see this change.
I could go on, but you get the point.
I understand the TEA party, and other conservatives, are furious today, but I really am not sure why. Anything that makes us less vulnerable to financial disaster from catastrophic illness makes us all better, and kinder. We have to recognize that all of us can be in that position tomorrow, or even today, with no warning at all and despite all our best efforts.
Yeah yeah, I know, this is big evil government forcing you to buy something. Guess what? You don’t have to buy it. You can continue along without any insurance, secure that you are solely responsible for your own future and bills.
And when you show up at the emergency room bleeding to death, please have your Visa card handy.
I’m a conservative, and I’m sick and tired of paying for you freeloaders. Fortunately, the bill does assess you guys a tax “penalty” to make you pay something, at least, and about time.