'Obamacare' values lives over corporations
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Wall Street's $200 million lie campaign attacking President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act is one of the greatest scams ever perpetrated on the American people. U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy and his Republican colleagues joined the lie machine even though their party created "Obamacare" in 1993, with the personal responsibility mandate as its main feature. They called it the free market-based "conservative alternative" to "Hillarycare."
The replacement now proposed by Republicans is to let unregulated fly-by-night health insurance dealers scam customers across state lines.
TV news no longer has the integrity to tell us that Republican leaders supported Mr. Obama's plan until 2009, or that without the mandate, monthly insurance premiums will skyrocket. They never mention that the American Medical Association, AARP, Consumer Reports and all major nurses' organizations support it, or that 65 percent of Massachusetts is happy with the same plan.
The Affordable Care Act that Republicans want the Supreme Court to kill places human life above corporate profit. The ACA establishes common-sense minimum standards of decency based on the values found in Matthew 25:45 and 6:24 and Timothy 6:10.
It already guarantees prenatal care for expectant mothers, protects children with pre-existing conditions and provides free preventive care to head off disease before it gets more expensive to treat. This saves lives and cuts the budget deficit in the long run.
The Affordable Care Act cracks down on fraud, cuts government welfare to companies that offer Medicare Advantage and puts a tax on the richest 2 percent of Americans to protect Medicare from bankruptcy through 2025.
When it takes full effect in 2014, the ACA will offer a choice of affordable policies and stop insurance companies from getting between you and your doctor and rationing your care.
First Published June 27, 2012 12:00 am