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Obamacare: Now it's in our hands


This morning the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Affordable Health Care Act, known as Obamacare, is constitutional. That's the bad news for conservatives.

The good news is the people ultimately control the fate of Obamacare.

A new president working with a conservative Congress can repeal Obamacare.

Mitt Romney has vowed to repeal it and issued the following statement in response to today's Supreme Court decision:

Today, the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare. But regardless of what the Court said about the constitutionality of the law, Obamacare is bad medicine, it is bad policy, and when I'm President, the bad news of Obamacare will be over.

It was always a liberal pipedream that a 2,700 page, multi-trillion-dollar Federal Government takeover of our health care system actually could address the very serious problems we face with health care. With Obamacare fully installed, government will reach fully half of the economy - that is the recipe for a struggling economy and declining prosperity.

On Day One, I will work to repeal Obamacare to stop the government's takeover of our health care and intrusion in our lives. I will push for real reform to our health care system that focuses on helping patients and protecting taxpayers.

We cannot afford Barack Obama's on-the-job learning, Big Government proposals, and irresponsible spending. Our basic liberties are at stake - and I will fight to restore our freedoms, renew the respect for our Constitution, and halt the government takeover of health care.

This November it's all on the line. The stakes couldn't be higher.

Mitt Romney


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  1. TeapartyloyalistComment by Teapartyloyalist
    June 28, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

    Incensed! How’s that for a comment!

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    • GHUComment by GHU
      June 28, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

      Yes, I’m also incensed, disgusted and sick to my stomach!

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  2. cgretiredComment by cgretired
    June 28, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

    In OUR hands you say? Who do you really think we are? Sheep? Pi$$ed? You bet I am!

    This should have never happened. The GOP has been sitting on it’s hands now for several years by not supporting it’s candidates. Look at what they did to Palin. Who nominated McCain? I know I didn’t and I imagine many of you didn’t either. I held my nose and voted Republican knowing that ohmybama would get elected. Why did that happen? A real conservative candidate would have taken the bull by the horns and taken it to the dimwit democrats. Again, it should have never happened!

    No, I can tell you this. If they, the GOP, doesn’t get agressive, really agressive in the next several months, I believe many will blame the GOP for what happens.


    I can’t believe it. Look what they do when the libs/progressives, say things like “kill the elderly”, “take food from children”, and so on. They turn polite and turn the other cheek. How in heck do you think the libs – progressives got into office? AGRESSIVE! GET THE PICTURE FOLKS? Get with it.

    Jeech.. what whimps! Come on.. This isn’t about you people, it’s about AMERICA!


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    • SnowyComment by Mona
      June 28, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

      I take “in our hands” to mean it’s in the people’s hands, the voters hands, not the party’s hands. And it is in the voter’s hands.

      If the people don’t want Obamacare there is a clear road ahead of them. Vote for the man who has promised to repeal it and not for the man who is responsible for it.

      I’m not a McCain supporter but I voted for him. And I will say that had he been elected we would not have Obamacare right now. He had no chance of being elected and neither did any Republican with a populace that was tired of war, tired of terrorism and wanting to feel good about hope and change while proving to themselves that they weren’t racists.

      I hope this time that they can prove that they aren’t fools by voting for Romney.

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    • joelinpdxComment by joelinpdx
      June 28, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

      cgretired you seem to forget a couple of major points:

      1) Obozo lied through his teeth. He promised hope and change and delivered neither. Americans were looking for just what Obozo promised, since they got nothing that Obozo said he would bring them, he will be defeated and defeated in a landslide on November 6th.

      2) Obozo didn’t win…GW Bush lost. After eight years of Bush’s BS, the people voted against him. No Republican would have prevailed in 2008.

      Today, we should be thanking SCOTUS for they have assured that Obozocare will remain an issue for the 2012 election. If they had overturned Obozocare, it would have faded as an issue. Now it stays at the top of the heap, right after the economy.

      Roberts also gave Republicans an issue they didn’t have. Even though Obozo swore his socialist medicine plan was not a tax, it was only approved as a tax. SCOTUS ruled that Obozocare is unconstitutional as commerce law. It was only approved as a tax. This means that Obozo has now levied a tax on Americans making less than $250K…something he said he wouldn’t do.

      Thank you SCOTUS.

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  3. freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
    June 28, 2012 @ 8:51 pm

    I am appalled, and totally disgusted with our Supreme Court. The Nobama team has a majority foothold there, so it will be most difficult to get anything unconstitutional repealed, disbanded, or just plain thrown out.
    If Obamacare is so damn great, why are so many vouchers being written?. Why are the Government, and any and all associated with the Government exempt from it?.
    Why have the Unions been written vouchers deleting them from having to join the program?.
    Why are so many huge Corporations and Businesses being given vouchers, especially those who have contributed huge amounts to Nobamas re-election bid?.
    If it is good for one and all, as THEY say, then why is it not for every single person in the United States?.
    The exempt from participation list grows each day, yet, this is Constitutional when the rest of us who are not exempt will be forced by the Government to join the plan, or be heavily fined for our refusal to do so?.

    This is another case which the S.C. failed to be on the side of We the People, and chopped us off at the knees by saying it is Constitutional. HOG WASH.
    Did they cave in to the supreme being, Nobamas threats?.
    How can anyone, or any group, read those 2,700 pages and all that plan entails, and say it is Constitutional for the Government to require us to purchase it?.
    There are things in there, which I suggest every person to read, which give control to not only the Government directly, but other non Government firms and agencies as well. By the time this fiasco goes full blown, the Government will own us, and absolutely nothing the House, Congress, the Supreme Court, and most certainly WE THE PEOPLE, can do about it.


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  4. MutantoneComment by Mutantone
    June 29, 2012 @ 2:09 am

    The ethical standards are lacking what happened to Kagan reclusion herself for the conflict of interest? So now it is a tax, but how is it that certain political supporters are exempt from this tax by allowing them to avoid participation at the expense of others? How are they going to pay for it there is no money to make it viable and they know it, it just means that those people that work are going to be paying for those that do not and the price of the project is still increasing monthly as we have seen how are they going to control that aspect of the regulations? And the non existent death panels are still there!

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    • begneli2011Comment by begneli2011
      June 29, 2012 @ 2:43 am

      You are right, the makers paying for the takers. It is more and more income redistribution.

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  5. begneli2011Comment by begneli2011
    June 29, 2012 @ 2:28 am

    We now accept that the Supreme Court is political, with a liberal arm. To determine constitutionality is by definition a conservative function. To follow a law, or a constitution cannot be liberal.

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    • nancyjComment by nancyj
      June 29, 2012 @ 5:19 am

      Every Justice that voted to make Obama Care legal, should resign.
      They have broken their oath of office.
      There is nothing in the Constitution regarding government give away health care.
      There is nothing in the Constitution that says a Doctor or Hospital have to go against their religious beliefs.
      There is nothing in the Constitution that says we must have a dictator.

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  6. begneli2011Comment by begneli2011
    June 29, 2012 @ 2:40 am

    If we tax income, or tax a car I see what is taxed. What does this tax tax? It taxes not buying a car, or not having income.
    You have a tax on cigarettes, now, this the same as, a tax on not buying cigarettes. Liberals do not have to make sense, and this was the liberal wing of the Supreme Court.

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  7. nancyjComment by nancyj
    June 29, 2012 @ 5:21 am

    Pass a law saying that there are no (NONE) exceptions. Everyone up to and including the House, Senate, their employees, government workers and at the bottom of the list, the President, must all be on Obama Care. Otherwise we are not all equal, are we. Some are more equal than others.

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  8. nickster99Comment by nickster99
    June 29, 2012 @ 7:00 am

    This may be a blessing in disguise! As much as I hate the ruling it may be what we need to get rid of obummer! It keeps the obummercare issue at the top of the pile of all the issues! focus everyone! FOCUS ON WHAT WE NEED TO DO!

    God have mercy on us all! Wake up the people and let them see the light!

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  9. nickster99Comment by nickster99
    June 29, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    This is a tax on being alive!

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  10. mary83Comment by mary83
    June 29, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    First off I want to say I am not liberal I am a moderate. Second I do not belong to any party, just look at all running for office and what each stand for. Then I vote for who I want. I have voted in the past in both party’s. I have one question would like Mr. Romney to answer. Why is he against the health care act, when it was like the one he wrote and put in the state he was Gov. of?
    President Obama did not put the tax law in the care act, the court did, as had to be there to make it legal. he care act doesn’t say you have to have government insurance you can go to any insurance company, just have to have insurance. If your income is under a certain amount (low income) They will help you with the insurance or be on medicaid. Medical bills should go down along with amount you have to pay for insurance.I worked in a hospital emergency room nights for a year nights 12 hour shifts. most of our nights were taken up with children with temps. of 103 to 104 which would never be paid. They didn’t have the money to take to a doctor and the doctors now a days don’t take if you don’t have insurance or can pay. not on medicaid because the family make a little over the amount you have to be under. There is a lot of children, teen’s and young adults that fall between the cracks. The hospital has to eat these bills. Therefore amount you and I have to pay for the hospital is more and our insurance is more. If you don’t want insurance and can afford it then the tax is given which will help pay your bill. But I really cannot understand why if a person can afford insurance wont buy it.The insurance is a win win . hospitals get paid, doctors get paid you never know when you might need it for self or children. Accidents, cancer and many things can happen where you would need it. Romney after putting it in his state , then wanting the tea party and very hard core rep. to nominate him he has now said he would repel it. That is two faced, or as my grandmother would say is talking out of both sides of the mouth. So which way does he really believe . would sure like to know.There is no death panel, I saw where some one was scared of that, when they first started debating the insurance, Obama care some garbage was put out by the party against it, that stuck in some mines, there is none and people will get good care. What goes around comes around.

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  11. TeapartyloyalistComment by Teapartyloyalist
    June 29, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    Mary, for starters I don’t care for Romney but I understand that this is a states rights issue and the federal government has certain enumerated powers and outside of those powers, all else belongs to the states. What that SCOTUS decision did was expand the powers of your government to force you to buy anything that the government feels you should buy. That is an unacceptable expansion of government power to most Americans. Now Romney was governor of a liberal state. Each state should decide if that type of healthcare is right for them. I understand that, but he can be against a national Obamacare because it is wrong for the entire nation to have it forced upon the country.

    Your comment that Obama did not put the tax into the bill is a matter of semantics. Obama and the democrats just called this tax by a different name. It has been a tax all along. It just took the SCOTUS to cal it what it is. During the debates in Congress the Republicans correctly called the penalties a tax while the Democrats called it a penalty. Finally on this point I’d like to point out that ANY fee, cost, penalty, or tax imposed by your government us a tax, period. Congress can call it anything they want, but if government is taking money from me in any form, it is a tax.

    Regarding the purchase of insurance and the uninsured, this falls under the heading of personal responsibility. I am in my 50′s and I have had medical insurance since I was in college. I have paid for my insurance out if my own pocket every year. I have not taken any handouts or stiffed a doctor or hospital with any bills. Once again, it is called personal responsibility and the government should be focusing on enhancing personal responsibility rather than making people dependent on government help. Additionally, I will be one of those who will have to pay for those getting government healthcare/vouchers/tax credits. Once again, I have never taken a handout in my life and I am tired of watching my taxes go up to pay for the bad decisions of others.

    As for the death panels, they don’t exist today, but it doesn’t take a huge imagination to see how it will work. Just as with every government controlled program, this one will morph over time to limit your choices in order to control costs and those death panels will take the form of committees deciding what treatments and procedures will be covered and what won’t. You may be a patient with a particular form of cancer and the government committee will decide, based on some medical studies, that you have a low chance of survival and the treatment costs can’t be justified based on expected outcomes. That will be the death panel. We will give you palliative treatment to take care of your pain, but you will be allowed to die.

    I too work in medicine. In fact I work in government medicine. If you think for one minute that I would trust this government to make healthcare decisions for me, you are out of your mind. The beuracracy , the false information, and in some cases, the lack of intelligence frightens me.

    Finally, this is just the beginning. Every government program morphs over time based on pressure from constituencies and lobbyists pressuring our representatives to change existing programs. Complaints will be made over the conning years about Obamacare and the government will pass more laws altering the program and increasing the costs along with the changes. If you can’t see that, then you have either not been alive long enough or you have not paid attention to how government operates.

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  12. Nick CucinellaComment by Nick Cucinella
    June 29, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

    Valmir Leinn once said the road to socialism is the road to communism

    I fear this Health Bill and I will tell why. Very few people know about the government requirement of having a rfid chip put under skin in order to keep track of your health and financial info. Want to be a robot ? then take the chip or take a stand !

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  13. nickster99Comment by nickster99
    June 29, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    When it comes to the time when you are very sick maybe with cancer and you want to take a chance on a new therapy. The government death panels will say no! You are 75 years old and we dont think your life is worth it. Then you will wish there was care for you. The Gov. will tell you when you are going to live and when it is time to die. And you will have nothing to say about it!

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  14. tpaine1776Comment by tpaine1776
    June 29, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    The problem with “progressives” is that they, in exchange for power, promise Paradise, and deliver a foretaste of perdition. As Thomas Jefferson expressed it: ” Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.” Heaven deliver us from the purveyors of the psycho-political dope of dependency.

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  15. TeapartyloyalistComment by Teapartyloyalist
    June 29, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

    A frequent quote from Benjamin Franklin: “Those who would sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither.” So what do we do with all the progressives who are so willing to give up their freedom for security?

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    • cxComment by genesal
      June 29, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

      “We have given you a republic,
      madam, if you can keep it.”
      — Benjamin Franklin

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  16. notnuttergovvieComment by notnuttergovvie
    June 29, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    Beware of the uneducated voter on a popularity trip.

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  17. cxComment by genesal
    June 29, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association—the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.

    Thomas Jefferson

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  18. TeapartyloyalistComment by Teapartyloyalist
    June 29, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    Here’s a few more quotes:
    “In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” – Thomas Jefferson

    “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” – James Madison

    Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience.” — John Locke, 1690

    Apparently, the chains of the Constitution are no longer enough. The Founders threw off the shackles of an oppressive government and we have now reapplied those shackles to ourselves.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      June 29, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

      “Congress by the power of taxation – by the raising of an army, and by their control over the militia, have the sword in one hand, and the purse in the other. Shall we be safe without either? Congress have an unlimited power over both: they are entirely given up by us. Let him candidly tell us where and when did freedom exist, when the sword and purse were given up by the people? Unless a miracle in human affairs interposed, no nation ever retained its liberty after the loss of the sword and purse. If you give them up you are gone”
      — Horace Greely

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  19. tpaine1776Comment by tpaine1776
    June 30, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

    That the current occupant of the presidency is not the author the declension of this Republic, is doubtless. That he is the ordained instrumentality of the advancement-acceleration of the process of its continuing dissolution, and ultimate ruination, is also doubtless. It would hardly be possible for anyone whose conditioned animus for the nation is as arrant as is his, to apply himself to his doing anything other than maximally minimize it, by all means. to the utmost of his ability. His unworthiness, and that of the interests whom he represents, is boundless. It is truly lamentable, that it is precisely those who, among all, are the least well equipped, ethically, and temperamentally, to possess power, who, among all, are most ardent in their pursuit of the acquisition of it.

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  20. Karen BaldwinComment by Karen Baldwin
    November 27, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

    To quote Rick Ungar at Forbes Magazine,
    “In July of 1798, Congress passed – and President John Adams signed – “An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen.” The law authorized the creation of a government-operated marine hospital service and mandated that all privately employed seamen be required to purchase health care insurance. [This program was later extended to lake and riverboat sailors, as well. ...]
    Keep in mind that the 5th Congress did not really need to struggle over the intentions of the drafters of the Constitutions in creating this Act as many of its members WERE the drafters of the Constitution.”

    So much for claims that an individual mandate requiring the purchase of health insurance is unconstitutional.

    Ironically, while critics attack ObamaCare as an expansion of socialized medicine, it is actually a massive REDUCTION of socialized medicine.
    First, it cuts Medicare, and second, it adds what is, in effect, a tax that ENFORCES that people take personal responsibility for their own healthcare.
    We could have fixed ReaganCare (EMTALA), which requires hospitals to provide care to all ER patients regardless of ability to pay, by simply expanding Medicare to cover everyone. This would have been true socialized medicine, and in line with the Democat Party’s general philosophy.
    Instead, The ObamaCare solution affirms the original intent of ReaganCare — the moral obligation for hospitals to treat the sick and injured by not allowing ‘patient dumping.” However, it now also REQUIRES PEOPLE TO PAY. The preferable way to pay is to individually choose and buy health insurance. But the part of the bill that really has teeth says that if you do not willingly buy health insurance, the government will make you pay for your own healthcare in the form of a penalty tax. This forces individual responsibility where none existed before, among those taking full advantage of ‘free’ care.
    Frankly, ObamaCare just isn’t very “Democrat-like,” at least as Republicans conceive them to be. Republicans, meanwhile, worked to repeal a bill that requires personal responsibility in healthcare consumption and eliminates scot-free ER care, and cuts entitlement spending. Granted, this was primarily in an effort to displace a Democratic president, but that goal forced them to engage in rhetoric was counter to their own previously expressed positions.

    Fiscal conservatives should be celebrating in the street.

    (The relevant article is available online at: ) and commented upon at

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