frustrating that in a number of media interviews of people in red states where they were asked if the like/dislike Obamacare and the vast majority said they disliked it however when people were asked if they liked the ACA they really liked it --> in the interviews where these people were told Obamacare is the ACA, the 2 most popular reactions (at least the ones shown) were 1) anger/irritation at being shown how ignorant they are on the topic or 2) an argument with the media person that Obamacare isn't the ACA but not based on any actual facts
I get the gist of the ruling.But I wonder, did the Republican Congress purposely get rid of the tax so that they could get this ruling? That is what is so bothersome to me. Is this the Republican's party to go around the Supreme Court ruling? I find the whole thing troubling because it effects the poorest and sickest of Americans.
SCOTUS ruled that Obamacare is Constitutional because itís a tax
Without tax penalties related to the individual mandate, is it still a tax? Maybe not.
If itís no longer a tax, is it no longer Constitutional? Seemingly not.
Itís a compelling argument, but I donít think Roberts wants any part of that.
I donít know if theyíre that smart.
I think they wanted to eat their cake and have it too. They didnít have the guts to rescind the popular provisions, but guttingthe individual mandate appeals to young, healthy people.
I agree with you, though: if the entire thing collapses, thatís going to potentially hurt a lot of red statevoters.
Obamacare isn't close to perfect but it opened access to healthcare for many who didn't have it. the fact Reps were running on being the ones who fought for protecting pre-existing conditions shows just how slick they are and how gullible they're base is if they actually believe that.
thing is, I don't know if I should feel a lack of compassion about those who need this insurance yet were foolish enough to vote for candidates that pushed to take away that coverage.
Even further, death of the ACA is going to seriously further hinder access to health care in rural communities - beyond not being insured. Rural hospitals are known to struggle financially and many in fact have already closed down in recent years.
Very succinctly, hundreds of rural hospitals have long been vulnerable to closure. For example:https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/673-rural-hospitals-vulnerable-to-closure-5-things-to-know.html
5. If the 673 vulnerable hospitals were to shut down, 99,000 healthcare jobs in rural communities would be lost, and it would result in an estimated $277 billion loss to the GDP.
The ACA was a lifeline to these hospitals. It significantly decreased uncompensated care for the states that expanded Medicaid. States that did expand Medicaid had lower closure rates of their rural hospitals than states that did not.https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/study-rollback-of-medicaid-expansion-would-increase-rural-hospital-closures.html
If the ACA dies, many rural folks will lose not just their insurance, but also perhaps what little actual physical access they have to a hospital. Worse yet, rural communities that rely on their local hospital economically may ultimately face their doom. Easy way to put it - if the ACA dies, many rural people die along with it. I mean, you can't make this stuff up. If only these poor folks knew what they were really voting for when Trump promised to kill Obama
Trump Republicans at their finest.