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Moving Past Affordable Care Act Drama

Last week’s ruling on President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act was the full package. There were policy implications to be decided for the wonks, political implications (cont.)

Last week’s ruling on President Obama’s Affordable Care Act was the full package. There were policy implications to be decided for the wonks, political implications to be analyzed for the consultants, and, of course, presidential election drama for the pundits to react to.

In whichever part of the political process that you enjoy the most, something big was happening. However, now that it’s come and gone, the decision is over, but the emotions remain. There’s no need to comment on the various dramas of the day.

CNN’s failed reporting in the first 10 minutes was only a symptom, not the actual problem. And Justice Robert’s alleged switch doesn’t make him a secret liberal or the new swing vote. Two points make a line, and until he speaks for himself, we can’t extrapolate anything other than it was a surprise.

Instead, now that everyone else is done being a Constitutional scholar, the people who actually are can start the tedious, yet necessary, work of deciphering exactly what the decision means for American law. This is a process that takes more than a morning, despite what network news might have you think, and is essential to having a factual debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act. All that can be said for certain is that the Supreme Court’s decision has thrust healthcare back into the 2012 presidential election and, honestly, even that nugget is something that was reasonably predicted beforehand.

At this point in time, there are only two things that I would personally want to be saying about this decision. One, Governor Deal has to realize that now is the time for Georgia to start creating the healthcare exchange required underneath this law. He cannot run out the clock until a November election and hope that Romney is able to win.

Republicans will need to take the presidency and Senate in order to have a hope of repealing the entirely of the Affordable Care Act, but those are long odds. If Governor Deal doesn’t act now, it’s only going to be to the detriment of the Georgia GOP, as they will find our state’s healthcare exchange being run by the federal government.

The second thing is that America has spent two years locked in this intractable battle over healthcare reform. The struggle has become a symbol of things much larger than itself. The tactics and strategies used for the past two years, on both sides, have been partisan and nasty. However, it’s done now. All three branches have had their say on the law, and it’s survived each time.

In the future, there will be many chances for both parties to modify, change, and refine how healthcare will work in this country. This is America; it’s what we do. We always like to be better. But as a nation, we need to move on from the poison itself in order to see more clearly in the future.

Reprinted from State Senator Curt Thompson's (D-5th) blog. Also, check the Senator out on Facebook and Twitter.

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Ross Crawford July 11, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Brian, if I didn't work my tail off I'd be poor. If those folks begging for handouts would take personal responsibility, oh I forgot. you're a liberal. No need to go on with my "personal responsibility" lecture as it would be wasted on you. And God is spelled with a capital G, not god. Dang, forgot you libs probably don't believe in God either.
Brian Crawford July 12, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Actually, since I was using it colloquially the small "g" is acceptable. Got any more Liberal stereotypes you want to get off your chest?
Msgoff July 12, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Ross, that's your interpretation; I only asked "What does that imply?" Naww, I don't go downtown, I stay out here where it is safe. As for Sherilu and me "driving down there with a handful of cash," no way; we're smarter than that (to have a handful of cash). I don't give money to panhandlers anyway. I help in other ways. As a matter of fact, I carry about $5 because that's usually all that I have. Besides, I don't have a car to get down there because one of the children I don't have is driving the Benz that I don't own.
Msgoff July 12, 2012 at 01:29 AM
"then why would you think they were capable of running the entire health system?" - Jimmy Did I say that? I have read and re-read my comment several times and I don't see anywhere that I said the government is capable of running the entire health system. BTW, did you folks know that GA residents did not receive a refund from insurance companies as mandated in the ACA? The governor opted GA citizens out, rather than in; that's how one represents his constituents. Oh well, we elected him to represent us. It has been great chatting with all of you today. I don't know when I last had so much fun. A good debate every now and then is good. Good night all!
Msgoff July 12, 2012 at 02:18 AM
"Even if a conservative think tank 'invented' the idea that doesn't make it right ( a claim I strongly doubt because liberals have been trying to do it for a lot longer than a decade-" Jimmy Liberals have been trying to pass some type of health care bill for 75, yes seventy-five years. Boy does it take a long time for them to accomplish something! Just saying! :-) LOL http://www.masslive.com/mitt-romney-archive/index.ssf/2012/04/mitt_romney_signs_massachusetts_health_care_law.html "Surrounded by leaders of the state Legislature including U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy during a ceremony at Faneuil Hall, Romney hailed the law as an achievement that occurs only once in a generation. 'Today, Massachusetts is leading the way with health insurance for everyone, without a government takeover and without raising taxes,' Romney said. The governor vetoed a $295-per-employee assessment on companies with 11 or more full-time workers that don't offer and contribute to their employees' health insurance. Romney said the assessment was unnecessary and counter-productive." Romney-Kennedy Health Care Bill Signing (Listen to how affectionately he introduces Senator Kennedy) ;-) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4iTtNGjFY4 BTW, I think Senator Kennedy may be holding a gun to Governor Romney's head. Just saying! Problem is, I think too much, e.g. about how you guys crack me up! LOL.

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