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  • Morning Bell: Join the Fight to Repeal Obamacare

    Fellow Americans,

    Like you, I am disappointed by the Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision. The Court misread and rewrote Obamacare in order to save it. Such contortions are not the proper role of judging. Most Americans are with you and me and deeply dislike this law.

    We believe, however, that this is far, far from a time for despair. This decision will energize freedom-loving Americans to once again take matters into their own hands. Our republic has survived and flourished for more than two centuries because men and women—brave, determined, and deeply committed to the cause of freedom—were willing to stand, to march, and to make whatever sacrifices were necessary so that their children would know the blessings of liberty, the hope and opportunity that flow from living in “the land of the Free.”

    They will receive this ruling as a clarion call to action. Once again, the people will have to rise to defend a fundamental American concept: that the power of government over individuals must be limited.

    First, let’s acknowledge what was good in the decision. The Court recognized that there are limits to what Congress may do under the Commerce Clause. Big-government forces have for too long abused this clause’s grant of congressional authority, but the Court’s decision reaffirms that there are limits on their actions.

    There’s also the fact that the individual mandate has acquired the official constitutional status of a “tax”—and if it is indeed a tax, then that is even more reason for the U.S. Senate to repeal it with the 51-vote threshold available under the Budget Act’s reconciliation process. It is a revenue provision. No filibuster problems there now.

    Calling it a tax, of course, doesn’t make the heavy-handed policy in Obamacare any better for those who now have to buy a product they don’t like. And yesterday’s opinion makes clear that President Obama enacted a massive new tax on the middle class, breaking one of his repeated promises.

    We must resolve to check this dangerous expansion of power.

    The first step is to work harder than ever to fully repeal Obamacare. Now that the Supreme Court has had its say, Congress becomes the arena in which we can fight for relief and restoration of constitutional limits.

    Congress can and must reassert its constitutional authority. Indeed, the House of Representatives has already acted. We congratulate the lower chamber for having voted to repeal Obamacare.

    Now it’s the Senate’s turn to do what’s right: Repeal Obamacare, and force the President to sign its repeal.

    The American experiment is predicated on the idea that government exists to serve the people, that it derives its power from the people, and that the people retain all powers they do not specifically grant to government. Obamacare turns that fundamental idea on its head.

    Ours is still a government “of the people.” And the American people have spoken clearly. Indeed, the people’s antipathy toward the law keeps growing. Just this month, a poll conducted by The New York Times and CBS News found that more than two-thirds of Americans wanted the Supreme Court to strike down Obamacare as a whole or in part. Only 24 percent would keep the law in place. While Court decisions obviously should not be driven by polls, the poll clearly shows the people’s dissatisfaction with the bad policy in Obamacare.

    So many aspects of Obamacare are appalling. Once all its provisions kick in—conveniently, after the November election—millions of Americans stand to lose their current coverage. Already, it saddles individuals and families with higher premiums, higher costs, and higher taxes—and even steeper increases loom on the horizon. It has sparked a host of other loathsome mandates, like the HHS mandate that requires charitable religious organizations to provide coverage that violates the tenets of their faith.

    But why should we expect government to respect the constitutional right to religious freedom if we allow government to ignore fundamental restraints on its power to regulate the lives of its citizens?

    This year will mark a pivotal point in American history. The American people now must make a critical decision: We must choose between constitutional, limited government on the one hand and arbitrary, unlimited rule on the other.

    We at The Heritage Foundation, as always, will stand in defense of our nation’s founding principles. We are eager to lead the fight to overturn this Intolerable Act—Obamacare—and we are grateful for your support of our efforts to save the American Dream for the next generation.

    Join our fight: Become part of the mission to repeal Obamacare and create a better America.

    Sincerely,

    Ed Feulner
    President, The Heritage Foundation

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    173 Responses to Morning Bell: Join the Fight to Repeal Obamacare

    1. steve h says:

      The court misread it? Yeah, I'm sure you know much more about the constitution than the 5 Supreme Court justices. What a joke conservatives have become. Maybe the House GOP should worry abotu job creating and actually pass a farm bill (that bipartisanly passed the Senate) and work on the highway bill and flood insurance bills. Oh wait…they want the economy to falter until November.

      • bob says:

        these communist need to leave.the stupid think they are going to get free health care.

      • Steve Moore says:

        It does not take a college education to understand the fundamentals of the constitution. But that would require you to think on your own instead of being told what to think. And as far as the economy goes the GOP does not want it to falter. Every thing they have put before the president has been vetoed. And what about the democrats voting down Obama's job package?

        • snad264 says:

          "… Every thing they have put before the president has been vetoed…"___Steve, why don't you name a few and explain how these "vetoed" items would boost the economy and create jobs. Thank you.

      • Paul says:

        Steve h, you mean the Senate that has not passed a budget in four years? I feel sorry for this once great country where freedom was abound. Now socialism has taken over and the minions who rely on the government because they can't make it on their own will continue to support this downward spiral…

      • Stirling says:

        You just got a 2+ Trillion dollar tax put on you Steve? How does that feel knowing that now the government can tax your "behavior" now , rather then just your income? Roberts just gave the government unlimited taxing authority (can tax you for breathing if they want) as a result of the ruling.

        If you realized the GOP is at least trying to limit how much Washington can pick your pocket you might have more respect knowing conservatives at least know jobs are created by the private sector and not government.

        • Bob Harbin says:

          That cannot be a tax, our Ruler Obama has said No New Taxes on the poor under $250,000,
          surely the Socialist would not lie to us.

      • stephen says:

        Steve
        Steve to Steve
        These guys are going to whine and beat their chest until they get what they want, The Supreme Court Misread? Yes what a joke! I used to love this daily brief but it too has become a napkin for whining and crying eyes of the GOP Base, what a waste, this used to be a good read.

      • Douglas Tedrick says:

        If you knew anything you would realize that SCOTUS has been a huge failure historically. EDUCATE yourself

        • In this decision Justice Roberts: Stopped once and for all the abuse of the Commerce Clause by the left; strengthened the sovereignty of the states; put the American people on notice that we control our own destiny AND hung forever the label of "liar" on obama — a tax by any other name is a tax.

          He left got the ACA but lost the war.

        • snad264 says:

          "If you knew anything you would realize that SCOTUS has been a huge failure historically. EDUCATE yourself"____Doug, some (fact based) examples, please.

      • It seems you have forgotten, perhaps intentionally, that the House does not have the power to unilaterally make stuff happen. The Senate must be involved and if it refuses to participate then lifting your leg on the GOP controlled House is more of a case of p***ing in the wind then properly assigning blame.

        Nice try.

      • I guess the ones that voted against it, don't know anything either. What an ignorant statement

      • JustMe says:

        the Federal Government has just been handed the authority to tax everything and anything…and as sheep 'some' are happily led to the slaughter. Through anothe Zillion Dollar tax on the backs of the working man. What is the government gonna give when there is no more tax $$$ to take? Children are born trillion of dollars in debt or is some genie going to pop of of a bottle and rain down money? Wake up, generations to come will be paying for this generations stupidity.

      • dennis says:

        you must be an obama lover and a nut at best, read what the obamacare bill will take from you and your family if you have one and the money that you will be taxed to support 30 millions illegals who will also get health care

      • Maybe you've never heard of the 28th amendment of the constitution?Well here it is for ya "Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States".

      • Kristen McFarland says:

        I hate to tell you this but the House of Representatives did present a bill and Harry Reid was the one who blew it off and stopped it…oh and by the way we haven't had a budget for almost four years, if you're referring to and speaking of the Constitution thanks to Democrats who won't even look at any submitted House bill…so take a good look in a mirror first before you proceed to lie to yourself about that one….Republican representatives may have a lot to answer for but not that…the Congress, both House and Senate are required by law to have a budget and to pass one…it's the Democrats not doing it and it's Harry Reid specifically not passing it…he's blown a lot of things off in the last four years, including the laws of the land…get your own facts straight before you unjustifiably point a finger at Republicans…it is the Democrats ignoring our laws and trampling our rights…

      • Kurt says:

        Socialism is UNAMERICAN…. Period. Heritage has it right.

    2. Ken Jarvis says:

      But, Ed, YOU have HCoverage.
      Why don't you want Me and My Family to have what you have?
      LVKen7@Gmail.com

      • Brett says:

        Have you EARNED the healthcare that Ed has? Why should it just be given to you Ken Jarvis?

      • Paul says:

        Because Ken, Ed has a job and his job offers health insurance! Why is it that you want other people to support you Jen?

      • Stirling says:

        Nothing is "Free" Ken.. if you want HC, go out and pay for it out of your own pocket.. rather then be so arogant to expect someone else to pay for your own repsonsiblity.. Your "Entitlement" mentality is abhorent to anyone who actually pays taxes to this government. You and other "Lemings" sucking on the government nipple make our country less free and more in Debt to real communist countries like China.

      • Derek says:

        And don't think for a second that this ObamaTax is going to get you "free" anything. You will be much worse off now that ever before. Just you wait and see.

      • boberic says:

        The real problem with the SCOTUS approval of the affordable care act is the precedent that it sets. It gives congress the power to tax nonbehavior. For example- you must eat horse-poop. If you do not the congress can tax you any amount it wants. As absurd a this sounds the ruling gives congress that power. As Justice Kennedy said this law fundamentally changes the relation between the people and the Gov"t God Help Us.

      • KC - NM says:

        You have turned into a socialistic liberal who cannot see beyond your outreached hand for government assistance. It is time for you to work to earn what others have. Those of us contributing and pushing the merry-go-round are becoming a smaller group – once the well runs dry you and other socialists will have nothing! Get with the program! This is America, not Europe, you have opportunities to become better – if you really want to!

      • alexander Ilnyckyj says:

        Ken all you have to do is buy it and you'll have Hcoverage. However do not ask me or ed to pay for it.

      • INDEPENDENT says:

        its called get a full time job that offers health coverage. AND ITS A TAX ON ALL OF US, EVEN YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • obama must go says:

        obamacare was never about affordable care, it was about the expansion of government, obama and the democrats power grab You and the liberals who think this will help the poor or uninsured are wrong. But, if you want to be mislead, do it at your own risk, don't involve the rest of us. Necessarily, everyone pays more for health care when it is government regulated, because of administrative costs. they will wreck it just like they wreck good programs with bad management. I am hoping that the changes in the health system include competition among the insurance companies, and going across state lines to purchase medical insurance. That is what needs to happen to benefit all with affordable rates.

      • susie says:

        ken go buy it like i do

      • Clearhead says:

        Kenny boy, you're losing your game!! Steve H already has 13 more dislikes than you. You'd better start dumbing up again !!

      • con_e_sick_a says:

        Ken,
        I DON'T have HCoverage. Now I am FORCED to pay a tax penalty because I prefer to SELF-INSURE. If I had insurance, my CPAP machine would have cost ME twice what it cost me and I would have not been able to get as good of a machine. My husband, who the Government FORCED to enroll in Medicare because he is over 65. He had to have a hand splint. Total cost $288 – our cost $93. If we had just bought off the internet $25.
        Whenever somebody (i.e. insurance or Medicare or Medicaid) pays, people don't care how much an item costs. That is why Medicare and Medicaid are so in the hole.
        If you want HCoverage – Find a job that health insurance is part of the benefits package.

      • Deanna says:

        A few years down the road, you will be sorry that you have what you thought "Ed" had..Because healthcare in America will never be the same. And I will wait to hear your description of "Obamacare" after you find out about "socialized medicine".

      • Carol, AZ says:

        Ken , cut the bull and your shock tactic for attention.
        You claim, you serve your country as a Marine in one of your posts. What oath did you take, " To serve and protect the Constitutions of these USA. ," You're clueless if you don't understand that your Medicare benefit will be the first, line item cut. " we have a Doctor shortage"
        One line items in Obama Care, allows for, all illegal's living here to rec.organ replacements, paid for by us .How's that going to work out in Sanctuary NV where you live? There's NO such thing as free lunch by anything run by our Govt. YOU are all the canary's in the mine shaft and YOU will be the first example of Govt collateral damage. Read the Bill of Rights and understand now this directive will control every aspect of our personal lives and, IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS. By now we understand how, "arrogance" and "refusal" to uphold our laws," has already gotten American's killed.

      • PHIL says:

        cOZ WE HAVE TO PAY FOR OURS.wE DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR YOURS TOO,YA MORON

    3. Maxine Gridi says:

      The Heritage foundation has it right (once again)! It is one of the most informative online analysis I know of!

      • jason says:

        They have it right? You mean don't pay a 1% or 2% tax to help yourself, help all American Children, stamp out corporate greed in healthcare? You mean let the sick stay sick? You have a mental illness.

      • snad264 says:

        Maxine, The Heritage Foundation had it right in 1993 also, when it stated the following position regarding U.S. Health Care;___'In 1993, for example, Heritage’s Stuart Butler testified before Congress in support of a new, “more rational” social contract under which government would provide greater assistance to those lacking health care in return for greater individual responsibility. Explained Butler:
        “This translates into a requirement on individuals to enroll themselves and their dependents in at least a basic health plan — one that at the minimum should protect the rest of society from large and unexpected medical costs incurred by the family. And as any social contract, there would also be an obligation on society. To the extent that the family cannot reasonably afford reasonable basic coverage, the rest of society, via government, should take responsibility for financing that minimum coverage.”__Today this "more rational" social contract is popularly referred to as 'Obamacare'.

      • You need to read what the Heritage Foundation wrote in this article!! All for Romneycare!! And it is the same as Obamacare! http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2006/04/

    4. Maxine Gridi says:

      The Heritage foundation has it right (once again)! It is one of the most informative analysis I know of online!

    5. Robert Pledger says:

      Our government is out of control. Ho9w can a government of "servers of the people" become "royalists" and not serve? Why is congress from being subject to coverage of the same healthcare system as the general public? The government of our country has three legs, not one!!!

      • Bill Latham says:

        Absolutely right Mr. Pledger. If Congress had to abide by the same legislation as "we the people" and not have their Cadillac plans and perks, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid would be solved overnight!

    6. Tom says:

      If laws that are legislated or decreed by governments are to provide the results that are intended then it must be possible to design their operating system(s) to be able to fit and function within the parameters of the possible that are created and then enforced by the laws of nature, else the lawsbe will fail to provide their intended results.

      Thus Obomacare is destined to be a pathetic failure. But don't expect that the kleptocrats, pathocrats and plutocrats who have have come to resemble a metestasizing cancer who have taken control of "our" so-called government of the people, by the people and for the people will share in the negative consequences that their hubris will have dumped into the lives and onto the backs of the rest of the American people.

    7. Garyt says:

      I read this every day for a laugh. You are so predictable. Obama bad- republican good. You twist facts as well as Fox News.
      This type of negativism is what is wrong with this country right now. When this Act was first proposed, there was an open forum where senators and representatives could make suggests. Unfortunately, the only one the republicans could come up with was 'NO'. I expect more of elected representatives.

      • thesocialdiva says:

        Really Gary? An open forum? Then why did the ones who proposed it not even know what was in it? My my the spin continues.

    8. Jeff, Illinois says:

      What's dangerous is the corporate and billionaire take over of our democracy, and the misguided relentless demonizing of the affordable care act in the name of so-called freedom. Liberty and freedom are just bumper sticker words, when millions of americans have no health insurance, or are one illness away from bankruptcy, not to mention . . what the problem of having a pre-existing health issue (good luck!) No, . . liberty and freedom are just fodder used to trump up the uninformed, while big money has gamed the system and slowly but surely provided less and less affordable health value for the common worker. Those opposed to forms of socialized medicine are just ignorant of the populace needs. When more of the ACA kicks in . . the demagoguery will be proven to be propaganda. Some elements of capitalism require socialist solutions, where common shared civil welfare are needed . . public education, fire protection, police, etc . . and healthcare are inevitably socialist. Such are NOT a threat to liberty and freedom, there just common sense!

      • Stirling says:

        Socialism limits healthcare in the end Jeff, because it has to ration care to control costs. You complain about the private healthcare system doing the same, but under obamacare you have no recourse to sue the government for damages if they screw up. Obamacare will put private insurance out of business, and leave you nothing but government bettween you and your doctor.

        • Pragmatic says:

          This isn't socialism. Not by a long shot. You have to buy private insurance. The government is not providing care.

        • Jeff, Illinois says:

          Stop watching Faux news . . please!!! You have all their talking points!!

        • FormerlyFreeAmerican says:

          "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." — Margret Thatcher

          AHA — Affordable Healthcare Act — has less to do with "caring" or even health than it does control over our individual rights granted us by our Creator.

          Speaking in medical terms, the symptom trying to be "cured" is poverty, something the communist/socialists have attempted to "cure" for more than a hundred years without success.

          Only capitalist free enterprise raises the wealth of all, though only to the level to which one is willing to work to improve their situation. The success of these United States of America proves that point; our so-called "poor" would be considered "rich" in many countries of this world.

          That said, there will always be those that choose not to work or not strive to better situation, and our free society grants them the freedom to make that choice. Our only mistake is believing it is our responsibility to then take of them free of charge for the rest of their lives.

          • Jeff, Illinois says:

            Completely ignorant to think the issue is about those who want to work / strive to improve their situation and those who don't. It's stupid simpllicity like that, that is at the root of the problem in america. Please stop watching Faux News and get out in the world and meet other people. You might discover life stories that tell another reality. Capitalism falls apart when there are less and less checks on those who can game/ gain the system. That's what we have now. Big money now has "super speech", tilting the rules in their favor and the middle class / working poor have less and less "opportunity" to improve their situation!!

            • Bobbie says:

              oh, the real world, eh? the world where there's only one side to every story? where there's only one answer to all questions? where everyone uses someone's opinion to base fact that isn't? where everyone lives longer under government insurance coverage? Where no one gets sick under government control? Where government public officials expose us in the grips of corporate capitalism without admitting their abuse of government cronyism? Capitalism falls apart when government oversteps the line with cronyism, easily fooling many! Capitalism also falls apart when government disrespects the constitution and conducts acts contrary to the peoples' constitution. Hence the word "peoples" constitution which purposely LIMITS the role of government to the point of personal freedom and human dignity that any true scholar to the constitution would respect to know and govern accordingly. the impostor we have abuses the peoples' constitution at his convenience which isn't his to have convenience, while he trashes the principles, values, strength and dignity it means to us, the people that own it.

      • steve says:

        Can a corporation demand you give them money, and if you don't fine or jail you and call it legal?

        • Jeff, Illinois says:

          totally NOT the point . .

          20 million or so do not have health insurance . . Thats a travesty .. not whether some idiot is going to attempt to buck the ruling. Repub's are the most self-centered in people! I'm sure you won't get the point.

          • Randall Corl says:

            Many of those millions that don't have insurance don't actually need it. Much of the upper class and wealthy can easily pay out of pocket and it is often cheaper and more cost efficient to do so. Even some of the middle and lower class, in particular young people only just starting their adult life, don't feel a need to have health insurance because their health is not an issue yet. Health insurance isn't like retirement, you don't have to have it now to avoid a far off future event. Catastrophic circumstances are absorbed by already established social programs. Tell me, if I do not yet feel the need to have health insurance, what good does it do the government to force me to have it now. Certainly health insurance will be more of a concern as I age, but right now for me and many like me our concern is trying to establish a career and stable living conditions.

            • Jeff, Illinois says:

              An amazingly ignorant response . . How many of those MILLIONS fit your description? ..

              And I love the statement about the upper class's ability to afford our present health care . . That's exactly the point . . ! . . Heck .. . those poorer classes . . they're doing fine . . There's no problem .. . . How out of touch can you be!

      • Jeff, Illinois says:

        and you're being taxed to pay for someone elses poor lazy dunb kid to get educated, and you're paying for some poor slobs house to be saved from a fire . . and for protection for a whole lot of poor dumb slobs on the street going about their business, and by the way you're paying for a whole lot of dumb lazy slobs to be protected from other nation's aggression. And why should all the dumb lazy slobs out there have the right to share the roads you pay for. Please stop watching Faux News and get out in the world . . maybe you'll discover that other humans are not all just poor dumb slobs. Maybe you'll be able to understand the point I was trying to make instead of just hearing the words liberty and freedom and losing your mind.

      • Leigh says:

        I do not have health insurance. And i dont like obamacare. I do not want to be fined by the government for failing ro purchase a product. If the government would like to offer a plan for those who do not have insurance to purchase if they choose, well that is reasonable.but fining me for not purchasing a product? No. What will they require me to buy next? Cell phone? Lap top? Certain foods? Gym membership? It's ridiculous.

    9. turner says:

      Roberts read the bill, Congress should read their own bills! Congress will change their bill or we vote in new leaders.

    10. Andrew says:

      So you are disappointed that a conservative justice upheld a law that was based on YOUR policy ideas from 20+ years ago? The judges aren't "contorting" here. Heritage is.

    11. Alan says:

      I agree, dump the modified health care plan. As to constitutional government, how far back do we have to go? 3, 10, 20, 50 years to get back to the baseline? Once the line was crossed, the distortions and "rulings" will continue to make our government less constitutional. Ron Paul may be quirky but he is right on the money on his method of testing every argument.

    12. Dan Miller says:

      I don't even want the health care coverage I have. I don't need obstetrics care anymore, but I cannot buy a policy without it in Illinois — or one without coverage of erectile dysfunction or hair transplantation and many other mandates muscled into the "basic" health care plan in Illinois. Now my daughter will have to buy a gold-plated health care program with even more mandates in it that are useless to her. The coercive nature of Obamacare, its intrusion into my personal values, and its enormous costs are reasons why it must be repealed, and we start over.

      • guest says:

        My answer is to reduce my medical bills by 25% that's the portion I'm billed for free-loaders. If you like to pay for the moochers, feel free, send your check to any medical clinic, I'm sure they would find a willing cheapskate who won't pay their own way.

    13. Cindy says:

      I am in favor of this.
      i need health care, so get off it already

      • Stan says:

        Then go buy it – it is a good and or service. Dont expect me to buy it for you

        • Pragmatic says:

          She has to buy it. You're not buying it for her. Obamacare isn't a single payer system. It just mandates that everyone purchase private (emphasis on private) insurance.

      • Jeff, Virginia says:

        Why should I have to buy it for you?

      • matt says:

        You need an economics class, so get one already!! Stop freeloading. It's a crime that our government GIVES you (you defined as the collection of imbeciles in this country) healthcare while allowing illegals to do jobs that you could do and thus pay for your own healthcare (not to mention contribute to the economy). This way is MUCH better though. Right now we, the workers, get to pay for both you AND the illegal. No really; it's great. Question: When the workers stop working, who will pay for your healthcare?

      • alexander Ilnyckyj says:

        Cindy, go and buy it. But do not ask me or others to pay for it.

      • barbara says:

        u r n favor???there will be a panel to decide if u will b able to c a dr, according to what is your health problem….for now, later you will NOT be covered…

      • Eric in ATL says:

        Cindy, we all are in favor of you having health care. That is not what this is about. I just don't understand why I should have to pay for your health care – you pay for your own, and I'll pay for mine. There are a ton of social programs – Medicare, Medicaid – that already provide health insurance for those who can't afford it. This was not about helping people, which was already done, it was about the government taking over another sector of the economy.

      • Martha says:

        Fla. blue for 80.00 a month will cover u.

        • John Smith says:

          What if Cindy has a pre-existing condition? Healthcare is a basic human right, and the number of uninsured citizens living in what is supposedly the "greatest country in the world" is absolutely staggering. If America won't join the rest of the industrialized world and adopt a single payer system, which I'll admit is flawed, this bill is at least a step in the right direction toward making healthcare accessible for all Americans. Healthcare isn't simply another "commodity". Rather, it is a fundamental necessity for preserving the well being of the population and it is the government's responsibility to make it as affordable and available as possible.

    14. C Gordon says:

      Ken Jarvis….Why don't you request the same coverage that your President & Congressmen have? If you really want the best….because they sure are not interested in what Obamacare offers! If Obamacare is the answer to all the problems, then why does the President not want it? My family has had wonderful health care plans, some not so great, and gone completely without it. I still am not interested in the mandates being laid out by Obamacare and quite frankly am not impressed with much the government has done. Even when the government has a relatively decent idea it always get screwed up with tons of rules, little accountability, but paying folks to regulate it that halfway do the job, have zero fear of losing the job that they so inadequately do, and the right hand rarely knowing what the left hand does…and it always costs more! There is never efficiency involved. There are tons of options to improve the healthcare system….literally tons! But they don't put the control in the government's hands so they are not interested in pursuing those at all. Frustrating!

    15. Richard Willenberg says:

      I wind up having police detectives follow me after I email the senators or congressmen that I will not vote for them and would help others be voted into office. They take offense and I find a friend to follow me around for a while. anyone else have these issues?

      • Eric in ATL says:

        Sorry, that sounds like too wild of a claim to believe just off-hand from an unidentified internet source.

    16. Lloyd Scallan says:

      The time for talk is over! Do we not yet realize regardless of how much we as conservatives protest and
      complain about what Obama and the Dems are doing to us and this nation, words will not dissuade them. When we all understand that these communist/Marxist have an agenda that will not allow them to change the cource they chartered almost 100 years ago? They have gotten to the point where this naiton is hanging by a thin thread. They know they have the media, most of Congress, and now the Supreme Court covering there backs. Words, promises, crying, or threats will not stop them. It's time for action, not talk.

    17. Dan McClean says:

      If SCOTUS decided that the ObamaCare insurance manadate was constitutional by calling it a tax, they missed a very important point of Constitutional Law/ That point is that all revenue and spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives. ObamaCare originated in the Senate. The Senate, under the direction of Harry Reid, used a devious method to circumvent the Constitution. That in itself should make the law unconstitutional.

      • alexander Ilnyckyj says:

        I agree with you. However, tell that to Benedict Arnold Roberts. All these lawyers and no one knows the law. What a joke on the law profession. Mr. T. Jefferson was right when he said " Lawyers are the scourge of the earth "

      • obama must go says:

        Because they all are corrupt. Kagan? give me a break, she should have never been part of this decision.

      • obama must go says:

        Because they all are corrupt. Kagan? give me a break

    18. Jim Noblet says:

      It has always been true that our Republic depends upon informed voters selecting leaders who represent our constitution. In my lifetime, too often we selected those who gave us things. If we the people don't treat this election cycle with the major importance it deserves, we will lose our freedom. This administration (and many posters) want all to have everything, even when unearned. That has been tried and it doesn't work. It simply brings all down to a low standard. Without entrapenural & innovative thinkers who have and should continue to benefit from their works, these class enviers and non-producers will continue to dumb down our future and destroy our present. Yes, we need to improve our healthcare system, but in a "sane" way, not by throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Thanks, Heritage.

    19. JEI says:

      I think the Heritage Foundation or an ad hoc committee of the Republican Party (made up of "heavy hitters") need to craft a health care plan to replace Obamacare rather than just saying that Obamacare needs to be repealed. People want to know that what the Republicans/conservatives propose is better than what it is replacing.

      • How about tort reform? (Oops, that might cut into the attorney salaries and since most democratic presidents are lawyers!) How about commerce clause reform that allows competition across state lines…?

    20. KC - NM says:

      Actually, I am not surprised or shocked by the decision yesterday. I expected the liberal influence of the court to prevail. The good thing is that this decision has further polarized our country where it is now a clear decision point for the November election. The decision is based on DESTROY AMERICA – VOTE DEMOCRATE or REBUILD AMERICA – VOTE REPUBLICAN! This is a simple choice – the hope and transparancy of Obama has been nothing but lies!

      • alexander Ilnyckyj says:

        KC, I agree with your statement. However, we will never get anything done with the Rinos we have in leadership position. They have no GUTS to standup to the left. They do a lot of crying, but that does not help the country.

    21. Ron Lazof says:

      Do not be to quick here – if it is a tax for Constitutional purposes and not a tax for Injunction purposes it may not be a tax (again) for the 51 vote Senate Filibuster rule and exchanging an unlimited Commerce power for and unlimited judicially created taxing power does not seem like forward progress!

    22. John J. Matey says:

      Just a wee tiny, small negative. In one of your paragraphs, you wrote, "…the people will have to rise to defend a fundamental American concept: that THE POWER OF GOVERNMENT OVER INDIVIDUALS MUST BE LIMITED. Words mean things. I know that we are on the same page, but I would change the last word…THE POWER OF GOVERNMENT OVER INDIVIDUALS MUST BE ELIMINATED. You did correct that idea later when you wrote THE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT IS PREDICATED ON THE IDEA THAT GOVERNMENT EXISTS TO SERVE THE PEOPLE, THAT IT DERIVES ITS POWER FROM THE PEOPLE, AND THAT THE PEOPLE RETAIN ALL POWER. We grant government permission to do things for us, but not to take power. I close with the third sentence of the Declaration.
      "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers
      from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive
      of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,
      laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall
      seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

      • Seriously says:

        Government should derive its power from the people as a whole. This does not mean that it should have no power whatsoever over individuals. In fact, the very purpose of government is to enforce a set of rules that the people generally desire. These rules do and should apply to individuals. There is some major equivocation going on in your comment. That is, 'people' do not equal 'individuals'.

      • FormerlyFreeAmerican says:

        You left out the most significant statement of our Declaration of Independence, especially since our Judicial Branch has taken on Legislative powers.

        "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

    23. Lloyd Scallan says:

      We all just witnessed what the study of Saul Alinsky's radical tacts have taught the left. For how many months now has the media been beating on Roberts? When we read "Rules for Radicals, we discover the left wing media learned their lesson well. "Isolate, attack, destroy" anyone they do not agree with. We all allowed them to do it and now we will all suffer.

      • Healthy says:

        Exactly why should any "beating on Roberts" from the left have anything to do with his vote? He is appointed FOR LIFE, which means he can vote any what he chooses, and politicians cannot do a damn thing to him for it. Just hush up and go buy your insurance, so I don't have to pay for your medical care.

    24. Bell says:

      The people are finally waking up…Lets take back America. God has not left us, we left him. now lets obey his commandments, love him and pray like we have never prayed before. THE LIONS ARE ROARING AND TH EAGLES ARE SOARING…LETS TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY!! Talk to your neighbors and friends about voting out Obama and explain why this needs to be done. Continue to sign petitions, make phone calls and if you can, contribute to those that are fighting to help get out the word on taking back our country.

      Make it clean and honest, as we are fighting a good fight..a fight for God and Country.

      • okoiler says:

        I agree with you, Bell.
        2 Chronicles 7:14
        if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
        Amen!

      • Steph says:

        Finally, someone who is willing to fight the good fight, using common sense, logic, respect & love for God and our country! It was nice to read this, especially after all the sickening comments I had to read to get to yours!

    25. Ken Marx says:

      Frankly, as disappointing as the Supreme Court decision was, they've done us a favor. They are forcing Congress to do what Congress was established to do in the first place. And if Congress doesn't repeal this Obamanation, then we must vote out all these long time incumbents who hold leadership positions and install new representatives who will really represent us. McConnell, Boehner, et al, beware!

    26. Bell says:

      The people are finally waking up…Lets roar like lions and soar like eagles and take America back.

    27. John J. Matey says:

      To Ken Jarvis. I didn't read anything in the commentary that said that you couldn't have "HCoverage". And I didn't read anything where Ed wrote that he did not want you and your family to have "HCoverage". No one is stopping you from having "HCoverage". Oh, you can't afford it? Well, I'm sorry about that, but obviously you have not studied the over 2,500 pages of obama-care. The older you are, the less chance you have of getting care. obama-care doesn't care one whit about your health. obama-care only cares about controlling your life. You owe Ed an apology. The second worse thing about obama-care is that it will be the only place to get care. The worse thing about obama-care is the death-panels. Yes, Ken, you owe Ed an apology. This is from another old guy in your same situation.

    28. Joe Schooff says:

      TALK,TALK,TALK. I'm sick of hearing the same crap over and over. We have a bunch of spineless republicans that don't care about anything except re election. Which they will because us idiots will elect them again. They have backed down to the left for decades,and still do. Until we get a third party,nothing will change. Most republicans are just demorats with a R in front of their name. Plus they are cowards, and traitors to America.

    29. XXXX says:

      Yeah. Obama care will stop money leak on the doctors packets , that`s the true. In USA all medical system must to be changed.

    30. R. Wineland says:

      This Decision and especially the role that Roberts played in it has finally erased any respect I have for those who are in position of power in our Federal government. My opinion of them now matches that of the 1960's liberal protest movement. My default opinion of those people is that They are not smart, they are not informed, they have absolutely no integrity. Their motivation is purely selfish and they act only in self-interest.
      Of course the Founders realized this aspect of humanity but they expected SOME respect for a higher authority and stated that the Constitution would only work so long as the people were a moral people – respecting the concepts of rule of law and absolute Truth. It is apparent that Roberts is just the latest example of someone in power who has discarded those concepts, if he ever believed in them. It is apparent that we are now ruled by the godless – and by definition, the clueless.

    31. I would like to vote against Obamacare but every site that wants to repeal it also has A "donate here" page attached to it. I'm eking out a living on Social INsecurity and if I "Donated" to every site that is "fighting for our freedom" I would starve to death. Why don't you have a vote without donating page?

    32. hugeness says:

      freedom to kill 45 000 americans a year. freedom to attack a bill that was ORIGINALLY REPUBLICAN POLICY until adopted by the man who drives them CCRRAZZYY!!

    33. texac says:

      The chances of getting anything on the Senate floor with Reid in place are zero. The only workable strategy is to put Romney in the White House. He can instruct the HHS Secretary to ignore the law. If Obama can selectively enforce Immigration laws, then Romney can selectively enforce Obamacare laws.

      • Palrak says:

        I hope the first thing he does, right after repealing the ACA, is to replace Kathleen Sebelius–or better yet, get rid of the whole department.

    34. tad says:

      Has anyone realized we are no longer a republic?

      • Pragmatic says:

        How so. Obamacare was proposed by the President, passed by Congress, and upheld by the Supreme Court. Thus it has been validated by all 3 branches of government. It seems that the republic is working just fine – you're just not getting your way.

    35. Nick says:

      I think what we saw in this last decision was actually an expansion of Judicial activism to not only be a misinterpretation of the Constitution when reviewing legislation, but the quite literal "legislating from the bench" in the form of re-writing portions of a law, which is an incredibly dangerous precedent to set.

      • Ted says:

        Actually, the brief's presented by the Obama administration argued that the mandate was a tax, the Supreme Court didn't invent that argument. The Supreme Court also generally has great deference to laws enacted by Congress. There is far less judicial activism in upholding this law than there would have been in striking it down. No portions of the law were re-written … none.

    36. Tazman says:

      Obamacare! The people didn't want-congress passed it. The people didn't want it- the president signed it into law. The peole didn't want it-SCOTUS upheld it. So much for representative government.

    37. victorbarney says:

      Why? The Supreme Court would just overturn what we want anyway. Nothing like a court the legislates, especially marxist priciples. I was commenting earlier that we get the two-witnesses soon of Revelation, chapter 11, but that they couldn't touch Obama because he was a gentile. But, they SURE CAN TOUCH most of the Supreme Court members & undoubtably would do so, being equal opportunity employers and all. Just saying…

    38. boberic says:

      The truth is no one knows what the long term consequences of this law will be. There are 800 clauses that state "what the secretary shall, will or may determine. That means that the secretary of HHS can and will set the rules. No one knows who future Secretaries will be therefore no one can posibly know what the rules will be in the future. They can change at the whim of future secretaries. This law is a nightmare just waiting to happen

    39. Lee Niemela says:

      What the Court decision did accomplish was to prove the Democratic Leadership to be liars; something we have all known for some time, but is now backed by Chief Justice Roberts opinion. All you have to do is review past statements by them that "this is not a tax", made during the push for the Health Care law.

      • Ted says:

        Legally it is a tax. Practically speaking it will really just be penalty on those who pay income tax and who can afford to but don't buy health insurance.

    40. Ted says:

      I haven't come across anyone who doesn't have health insurance who is upset that they may now be able to buy a cheaper health insurance product. All this talk of forcing people to buy insurance is purely semantics and comes from the mouthes of those who have insurance. The individual mandate has not effect on the majority of us. The purpose of the mandate is to stop freeloading – something the Republicans should be able to support – as it stops some from waiting until they get sick to buy insurance.

      • Jeanne Stotler says:

        It's not going to stop Illegals and those who cannot afford Ins. from going to the ER and not paying, I do not know anyone who can afford Ins. that does not have it, I have had Ins. all of my adult life, I now have a Medicare supplement which has gone up twice since this bill was voted on, so has Medicare. Our Insurance premiums will go up until we no longer can afford them and then we will be under Gov't. rule ad a single payer. That is unless we get ridof the Communist in the WH.

    41. RennyG says:

      Everyone better watch out . Some are saying if we have the house and senate that we can control this "guy!" Well, you are wrong. He doesn't care about rules and regulations or constitution. He now has in place "his czars, his judges and not afraid of anything because what can you do!!!" When a person has that mentality he will be KING!!! On my knees praying because HE is the only one who can stop this guy!!
      ALINSKY THEORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    42. Jim smith says:

      Wait a minute. The Heritage Foundation invented the individual mandate which Obamacare is based on in 1989. Back then it was a conservative value, now all of a sudden it is not just because Obama used it? So you were for it before you were against it? Personally I don't think this type of flip flopping is a conservative value.

    43. leslie cahill says:

      Not sure what I said that you would not print my comment.

      I guess you are on the politically correct side of things also.

    44. watchman48 says:

      As beautiful as Canada is and as much as I hate what America has become with the most unrighteous leaders in all of America's history….. I still can not leave the US. I want to be here for the Big Bang.
      The Big Bang, I tell the Canadians to just keep their eyes looking to the South and they should see the sky light up about 1000 times the sun.
      To read about the Big Bang and America's future or lack there of, goggle Hand of Help Ministries," and click on "Dreams/Visions." Or goglgle. "Watchman On The Wall, America ~ Mystery Babylon?"

    45. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      The good news? The Supreme Court held that Obamacare mandate was a tax. Congress should have done that.
      Chief Justice Roberts also turned it over to the voters, and by implication, Congress. The bad news? Obama just
      won a Pyrrhic victory.

    46. Frank Bostwick says:

      Watch how the Dems spin this… The court clearly states that this IS a tax, and that is the ONLY reason they give for stating whether it has any legs to stand on. But the Dems (and the press) will attempt to re-state that without using the actual wording. Sort of like leaving the word "illegal" out of the illegal immigration debate.
      See what happened with "Roe v. Wade": a court case regarding patient privacy, which many today equate with a SCOTUS blessing of abortion on demand.

    47. Joel says:

      The only depressing outcome of the Supreme Court's decision was the fierce backlash from the Neo-conservatives. Specifically, it has shown the extent by which the once idea-driven Republican Party has broken down into a plutocratic power machine. Political leaders abandoned the merits of the Affordable Care Act, an act created by this very foundation and 14 republican co-signers, in order to enrage and energize their base. Even Mitt Romney, who supported the Act in his own State, has betrayed the policy in the name politics. What's even more depressing, is that those who orchestrated this flip-flop were able to convince their constituents the legislation was detrimental, even while it would benefit them. Mark my words, the Neo-Conservative party we know now will be remembered on the wrong side of history, and its revolution should and will come from the center, not from the Tea Party.

    48. alexander Ilnyckyj says:

      I am asking a question of heritage. Did heritage help formulate the romney care in Mass.?

    49. survanio says:

      keep it simple get insured and pay no TAX …

    50. alexander Ilnyckyj says:

      I am finding out a little more about Benedict Arnold Roberts. He used to be a lawyer for the government, therefore it does not surprise me that he would act to protect the government. Who ever vetted this guy should be tar and feathered.He has shown his true colors. Red for marxist.

    51. barbara ramm says:

      Supreme Court decision has set up a clarion call. Given the wording of the healthcare as it stands, I fully understand Robert's decision. The law must stand. The people of the United States get exactly what they deserve by choosing the leaders we have put in power. This is a powerful statement; I am paraphrasing by Justice Roberts in his written response. Now, we get to vote in Nov and repeal and replace with a hopefully well thought out plan by Romney et al.

      r

    52. Let's list Obamas acheivements. 1- he was a state representitive, 2- he was a jr. Senator ( had no achievements or legislation with his name on it ) 3- He somehow fooled millions into voting him into our White House. 4- designed the most destructive pieces of healthcare legislation and passed it through the Congress while GOP was on break. 4- has been and always will be ineligible to be President

    53. Obama must go says:

      Where is my comment???????????

    54. obama must go says:

      I am not seeing my comments.

    55. Complaining about what the court did is useless. It may make you feel a little better but useless. We need to clean house in November and I mean every house. Any and all lifers and so called " progressives " need to go and never let back in. If we keep depending on the government to fix itself we will lose our country. As far as the idea that somhow Chief Justice John Roberts " misread " Obamacare is ludicrous. I hope what we see in November is a new President ( one who loves his country ) , a new Republican Congress( or at least conservative ) a Republican Senate ( for at least six years) so we can fix the mess Obama and a Democrat congress and Senate put us in. It is not being alarmists when we say another four years of Obama would ruin this country in a way that would be almost impossible to come back from. Sanity needs to rule not selfishness.

    56. Tom Witter says:

      Keep the Faith.

    57. Betty Hulse says:

      We need a new president and a new Congress now, before they take away our freedom….and our right to work without the gov., taking it all away from us n giving it to those that want it handed to them, especially health care!

    58. Todd says:

      There are many good provisions in the healthcare law, albeit the "individual mandate" isn't one of them. I do feel that a more common sense approach can be taken to simplify healthcare law and many other(s) i.e. the tax code etc. However, "Obamacare" isn't quite that common sense law that we need, albeit some good pieces in it but not enough to keep it in tact.

    59. Nancy says:

      Just my thought having worked in hospitals for over 30+ years… Each individual is entirely different from another individual. How can the Land of the FREE pass a bill which will also have implications on which medicines I buy, what procedures I have to have, and how I MUST behave, eat, and survive… Thirty years ago it was just as difficult, but not as bad an economy. NOW,, we're Lucky to have a job……..and the baby boomers are being hit BIG TIME!!!!! Go figure.

    60. Robert says:

      When the president made his state of the union,purely disrespected all supreme court justices,Never in my life have i seen any president,Do such a thing,Hence his recent appointees,to the supreme court,While i have to abide by their decision dont mean i agree with it,The United States of America has changed in the wrong direction,While i can give the president one thing is taking out terrible threats to the peoples safety,He has also weakened this country worse than any other,The policies in place are not working,it dont take a wise man to see this,We need a leader for the people.Not for the party.

    61. Nancy says:

      It doesn't matter. The US Constitution is dead. We have a lawless federal government and there is no fight. The commies have won. It's over.

    62. Guest says:

      Hey, didn't you write the individual mandate back in 1992? For pretty much the exact same health care plan?

      From "Heritage Talking Points," 5 March 1992, p. 25: "Q: How would the obligation to buy insurance be enforced? A: In two ways: Taxpayers would have to attach proof of insurance or enrollment in a public program to their tax return or face a fine. In addition, employees would have to furnish their employers with proof of insurance, which would be forwarded to the government."
      http://healthcarereform.procon.org/sourcefiles/19

    63. I am already a member and urge everyone to join Heritage. It is a beacon of light in the darkness of American politics.

    64. Sounds like SCOTUS pulled a Pontious Pilot. ” We wash our hands of this decision.” If they call it a tax they won’t have to be responsible for going against the “King”. Send it back and let the congress worry about it!

    65. arlene basen says:

      congress, the president, cabinet, when they will go by the rules, taxation, hospitalization,and laws that they make, maybe we will accept. they have there own insurance and laws, we are suppose to be equal. live like a middle class person or poore, and you will see what life is really about. take care of your own country and quit supporting other countrys. all the money used for campaigning, cloths, traveling, is terrible should be used to pay on our debt, and moching each other on t.v., radio. and paper is so childish. You have to be rich to be a president. When so many people that aren't are smart, intelligent, fair and have common sence.

    66. Carol, AZ says:

      Libertas from Latin translates as LIBERTY.
      NOT TO CHECK
      "this very dangerous advance of power" IS;
      in direct violation of our freedoms from despotic government control.

      " the freedom from control , interference obligation, restriction, hampering, conditions, and, the power or rights of doing , thinking, speaking, according to choice."

      If this decisions isn't reversed; we will turned the corner forever, away from a Democracy to a government who will rule us , with Absolute power and Autocratic Authority called, the Death of America.

    67. BOB HEMPEL says:

      I AGREE IF WE DON'T STAND UP FOR FREEDOM WE WILL STAND AROUND AND MOAN AND STEW IN OUR MISERY. LET'S GET UP OFF OUR COUCH POTATOES OF DO NOTHING AND TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY AND FIGHT TO GET BACK THE FREEDOM THAT WE GOT FROM OUR CREATOR IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY WE LIVE IN. BOB HEMPL

    68. Joseph McKennan says:

      Last week at this time I thought that at least we had the supreme court on our side but this week I see that our biggest enemies are the president, congress, AND the Supreme court. The fact that a huge house majority voted to hold Holder in contempt means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to me because it is what snot nosed brats do if they don't get their way. I feel contempt for the entire government. I am not opposed to health care for all AMERICANS but if we already have it then LEAVE US ALONE. If I am forced to take it then am refused care by a bureaucrat, where is the advantage? I won't change my mind.

    69. guest says:

      If you have not read the entire Obamacare bill then Please don't respond to this. It is one huge tax burden on every American's back and if you think Congress and the President will be taxed you are so wrong. Read the darn bill then comment.

    70. O2BMe says:

      Perhaps the best way to fix this is that a law be passed that everyone in Congress, the supreme Court, and the President must be included in the so-called Affordable Care Act. No special Health Care Programs for them. If they are all willing to be included then I might be able to think this is a good program.

    71. mary says:

      For all of you who think that "now I WILL HAVE HEALTH CARE" forget it. What do you think corporations are going to do? Let's see, pay health insurance costs of "$100,000.00 or a fine of $30,000.00" gee guess which one they will choose? As for the "government health plan", "sorry we don't cover that, or that or that….." and by the way, whom do you think will be paying for this?? IT WILL BE YOU!! through taxes and more taxes. For those of you who can not seem to comprehend that "government money" is YOUR money from TAXES, WAKE UP!!!! you don't pay taxes? where does the government get it's money from???????? so, all in all, your "great healthcare" will be paid by you but, you can't have the coverage you need. You want healthcare reform?? Reduce the costs of medicines, make it so you can pick out the coverage you need, single male? he doesn't need maternity care, etc. make the insurance companies compete for your business, can't get a good deal from "ford" go to "chevy".

    72. Neil Jones says:

      This is just like france,E1 says oh! france has free health care, wrong! They pay very high taxes to take care of E1 and I mean E1.france is so far in debt their next 30 generations couldn’t make a dent in it. Nothing is free my friends and it seems that most people on here know that. So what will everybody do in November? VOTE out Obama.

    73. fed up with obama says:

      instead ofthe goverment forceing health insurance on people who cant afford it,why cant the government regulate what we already have!people that dont have insurance know that they can still pay their bill with monthly installments, the 60/40 plan for instance.if you dont have insurance most healthcare facilities will drop 40% off your bill, why!!!if the goverment mandates health insurance wheres the cost of medical services going?, through the roof !!! you just allowed doctors to charge what they want,knowing the goverment is backin them i had an appendectomy a few months ago, $16,000,1 6 thousand dollars and no insurance ,cant afford it. we need cost regulation not mandated coverage,,

    74. Ross W. Lovell says:

      Not being a "Constitutional Scholar or Teacher" like our President, I do have a question for the Heritage Foundation.
      Am I under the mistaken impression that when a tax is levied upon the citizens there needs to be a super majority to pass into law?
      The "writers" of ObamaCare were very selective in their use of the the word "PENALTY" instead of "TAXES" so as to keep within the President's promise of not raising anyone's taxes.
      Justice Roberts was very clear that a "PENALTY" would be unconstitutional considering the IRS would be in charge of collecting this penalty. Justice Roberts continued by saying that if it was a "TAX" it would be Constitutional.
      Wouldn't that mean that the 51/49 vote of the Senate was not enough to institute this law?

    75. Timby says:

      This wasn't a misread. It was blatant disregard for the the law as written. Obama & friends vehemently stated it wasn't a tax. So the law should stand as written & not by INTERPRETATION. So the justice decided to evolve this law into something it wasn't. Then stated that this was a tax & spend policy. To even give an inkling that the justice's vote was to redeem the Supreme Court's reputation goes against everything it's suppose to stand for.

      So SteveH what did it really do? It gives away free healthcare to be paid by the middle class. It doesn't guarantee that this new healthcare is any good. It steals funds from Medicare to help pay. It creates thousands of Government jobs for the IRS, which will have to be paid by those of us who pay taxes. It also expands the government's control of our healthcare by providing a death panel between you & your healthcare provider. It also opens the door to more legislation by liberals who want to control what you eat; how much electricity you can use; which light bulbs to buy; etc.

      So SteveH you should be proud that this law was passed. It truly shows how little brain power folks like you have. How much you're removed from reality. Name one federal program in place that isn't in a shambles?

      How about our public education system; SS; Welfare; Unemployment; FED banking; Freddy & Fanny; department of energy; etc. The list goes on & on for failed policies & programs. Now the brain dead left wants to turn over healthcare as well. You guys give stupid a bad name.

    76. Ann says:

      From what I understand if this is a tax then we can vote it out come November. But something else I found that is disturbing to me is that deep within the document it has a hidden agenda:

      On Sunday March 21, 2010 the Senate Healthcare bill HR3200 was passed and signed into law the following Tuesday. Like I said before, there are a legion of horrible and just plain evil aspects to this bill and I’m sure you’ve heard a lot them by now. I don’t want to discount them but what cannot be missed here is this new law now opens a prophetic door on a magnitude not seen since the reformation of Israel.

      This new law requires an RFID chip implanted in all of us. This chip will not only contain your personal information with tracking capability but it will also be linked to your bank account. And get this, Page 1004 of the new law (dictating the timing of this chip), reads, and I quote: “Not later than 36 months after the date of the enactment”. It is now the law of the land that by March 23rd 2013 we will all be required to have an RFID chip underneath our skin and this chip will be link to our bank accounts as well as have our personal records and tracking capability built into it….

      This is unacceptable to me.

    77. Lily says:

      To everyone on here complaining they and their families need healthcare, nothing is stopping you from buying healthcare coverage now and nothing in Obamacare will make it cheaper for you in the future (It will just increase costs) . Just because Obamacare may be enacted does not mean the government will magically acquire enough money to pay for your healthcare, it just means you will have to pay more to the government machine if you do not buy it. I am young and fear this law will destroy the healthcare and economy for people of my generation.

    78. paul says:

      since obamacare is now a tax, the first step for repeal is for the house to defund the the whole bill.

    79. John Hrivnak says:

      Ahem… its not a dems vs. reps issue. Creating an us vs. them misses the point. This is an issue of great import because it has to do with the glue that held together a fledgling experiment called The United States – our Constitution.
      Its almost inconceivable that Presidents of both parties feel obligated to find Supreme Court Judges who "lean" one way or another – we should be seeing those who lean not at all, who rather apply their skill in reading the Constitution (and the much longer Federalist Papers that go a long way interpreting it by the authors) as it is written.
      The slow deterioration of Freedom and the fading memory of the role of the divine in this country's creation just might be reaching critical mass.
      The sleeping giant is about to awake again, to stand up, to fight, to sacrifice if necessary – to once again sound the bell of liberty so loudly that it cracks as it did the last time it was so soundly rung.
      Grab the rope – the peal of Freedom is about to ring again.

    80. Martin says:

      Frankly, I think we need 2 impeach Obama?

    81. Oscar Manful says:

      Obama care sounds like a great idea! An idea whose time has come. Healthcare debate rages on…..like the Contract with America, we could have passed it……better late than never! The supreme court works….slightingly! It comes on the news and we are all eager to see the twists and turns it takes. But, definitely we are all proud of Americans, especially me. The Supreme Court does not lie and as mentioned we all need healthcare. The Judiciary, the Legislature and the Executive all come together to make America's Democracy work. 4 th of July is approaching, happy birthday! As usual, we shall watch festivities on TV as well as try our best to partake in them. Stupendous! So I guess that means the same measures can be extended to include other policies and bills, like Education, Sports, Food, Social Welfare, Investment…..like the welfare states of the Nordic countries. Congratulations!
      My love and greetings to the President and the family.

    82. johnjohn says:

      BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!
      For all those naive Americans who think Obamacare is a great solution to healthcare,
      are in for a nightmare of a surprise. They will regret the day they thought this was a
      good idea. Having lived in Canada and Europe, I can say first hand that socialize
      medicine is a disaster and only works if you don't get sick. You will end up paying a
      much greater cost for this low class care than you ever imagined, don't let them fool
      you into thinking otherwise.

    83. Jose L. Lira says:

      And the sheeply will follow .. without any questioning whatsoever.

    84. Dale R hall says:

      If this is a tax how is it legal? Constitution states tax bills must originate in ihe House. This bill originated in the Senate.

    85. Pragmatic says:

      See the Militia Act of 1792. I wouldn't be okay with it but the founders clearly were.

    86. Neil Jones says:

      Steve ,Steve ,Steve give it up. You have started something you cannot finish. Your wrong your wrong your wrong. Thank you.

    87. Might not be a bad idea.. The lowest crime rate in the world is Switzerland which requires not only gun ownership, but the ability to use a gun. At least in this case there would be a lifesaving result included in the increase of governmental control, but I expect the commielibs'd see that as a reason to hate it in spite of the increase in governmental control.

    88. Bobbie says:

      of course you two wouldn't see the rational reasoning behind the 1792 act! You don't believe in securing your fellow American. You believe in feeding off them! It's sad how you deprive yourself reasoning, rationality, practicality, common sense and logic. Your minds will become much wiser if you open them to these innate qualities!

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