“So the Supreme Court — defying many expectations — upheld the Affordable Care Act, a k a Obamacare. There will, no doubt, be many headlines declaring this a big victory for President Obama, which it is. But the real winners are ordinary Americans — people like you.”—Paul Krugman (via chrisincs)
Basically, the role of the government is to provide for our welfare, to see that we flourish, etc. Note this part of the constitution:
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Notice that from a GOP perspective even public schooling is anti-American in that it wasn’t guaranteed explicitly in the founding documents and it’s inherently…um, socialist. Are you against public schooling?
The same goes for public fire departments and police departments. It’s quite socialist to rely on other peoples’ tax money to save YOUR house when there’s a fire. Yet both public schooling and public safety are plainly good for America. Why? Because they improve the quality of life of the general population. See again the “promotion of the general welfare” above.
Good health is a prerequisite to the enjoyment of ‘pursuit of happiness.’ Whenever the miracles of modern medicine are beyond the reach of any group of Americans, for whatever reason - economic, geographic, occupational or other - we must find a way to meet their needs and fulfill their hopes.
For one true measure of a nation is its success in fulfilling the promise of a better life for each of its members. Let this be the measure of our nation.
President Kennedy, Special Message to the Congress on Urgent Health Needs, 2/27/62 (via jfklibrary)
I have used the “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” line ad nauseum about this very subject. The problem is, the very people who oppose this sort of thing (meaning public healthcare) only seem to want to apply that phrase to themselves, or use their own very narrow, selfish interpretation of what that actually means.
“I hope you get a chance to think about why the founders of our country fought and died 236 years ago next week. It was to give us the freedoms and escape from tyranny, 2 things that were taken away yesterday. I bet they are rolling over in their graves.”—
Some idiot conservative during a Facebook debate about the merits of the ACA being ruled constitutional.
“I am amazed at how obvious it is to me and others that the GOP is protecting outright criminals in the name of accruing wealth for large corporations and the rich. How anyone can defend their own right to go bankrupt because their kid gets sick is pushing my limits of understanding.”—
Some of the debates/conversations I have had on Facebook in the last two days have me scratching my head, as well. I fail to see how guaranteeing a (very) basic level of healthcare to every citizen is an attack on personal freedoms.
…Macaran Baird, MD, professor and head of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, agreed that preventive services provisions of the ACA should help expand immunizations nationally.
“In certain areas of the country we already have a good immunization rate in patches, but this will make [immunizations] much more widely available for those without insurance and those who have high copays,” Baird told CIDRAP News.
Baird also suggested that the healthcare ruling may have ramifications for the use of antibiotics.
“Another factor that occurs to me is that as we have more widely available insurance coverage, we’ll have to be more prudent about the use of antibiotics and not overuse them just because people have more insurance coverage,” he commented. “We could quickly spend a lot of money on antibiotics and in many cases not need them.”
Another group praising the ruling today was the HIV Medicine Association, whose chair, Judith A. Aberg, MD, said the ACA will improve access to health services for many HIV patients.
“Today, fewer than 15 percent of people with HIV have private insurance coverage and at least a quarter are uninsured,” Aberg said in a statement. “The ACA creates a level playing field for them and others with serious and chronic conditions by expanding Medicaid to all low-income individuals and creating regulated state-based exchanges for purchasing insurance.
‘These provisions are made possible by the individual mandate and the other policies upheld today that are vital to offering the more than 50 percent of people with HIV not in care the opportunity to benefit from lifesaving HIV care and treatment.”
Aberg said early access to HIV care and treatment not only saves the lives of patients but also reduces HIV transmission risk. “With 1.2 million people living with HIV infection in the U.S—at least 20 percent of them not knowing they are infected—and around 50,000 new infections occurring annually, the ACA offers unprecedented opportunity to make significant headway against the HIV epidemic,” she said.
“Many of the documents publicize for the first time what was first made clear in the 9/11 Commission: The White House received a truly remarkable amount of warnings that al-Qaida was trying to attack the United States. From June to September 2001, a full seven CIA Senior Intelligence Briefs detailed that attacks were imminent, an incredible amount of information from one intelligence agency. One from June called “Bin-Ladin and Associates Making Near-Term Threats” writes that “[redacted] expects Usama Bin Laden to launch multiple attacks over the coming days.” The famous August brief called “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike the US” is included. “Al-Qai’da members, including some US citizens, have resided in or travelled to the US for years, and the group apparently maintains a support structure here,” it says. During the entire month of August, President Bush was on vacation at his ranch in Texas — which tied with one of Richard Nixon’s as the longest vacation ever taken by a president. CIA Director George Tenet has said he didn’t speak to Bush once that month, describing the president as being “on leave.” Bush did not hold a Principals’ meeting on terrorism until September 4, 2001, having downgraded the meetings to a deputies’ meeting, which then-counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke has repeatedly said slowed down anti-Bin Laden efforts “enormously, by months.””—New NSA docs contradict 9/11 claims
Thursday morning, Steve Doocy interviewed members of the U.S. Navy Band about the band’s recent inclusion of women. Reacting to the segment, Brian Kilmeade remarked, “Women are everywhere. We’re letting them play golf and tennis now. It’s out of control.” Visibly upset, Gretchen Carlson, the only female host, walked off of the set. “You read the headlines. Since men are so great. Take them [women] away,” she said. Kilmeade responded, “All right. Finally.” Then, as she walked further off of the set, Kilmeade jeered, “Leaving an all male crew” and added “she needed a shower.”
When Sean replaced his temple garments — the sacred underwear he’d promised to wear day and night — with boxers, I couldn’t take it anymore. It was too much betrayal. I called up a neighbor with a husband like mine and cried. But instead of empathy, she offered questions that stunned me into silence. Was Sean addicted to pornography? Watching R-rated movies? What sin had brought him to this terrible place?
My tears stopped. Her questions were so off-base that they seemed absurd. She was sincere, and trying to help, but she believed what the Church teaches — that a man would only leave because he’s disobeying the commandments. She couldn’t understand this was a rational inquiry. She saw everything as the result of sin.
“If you actually look at the actual track record of government spending, government employment, Reagan is the Keynesian and Obama — mostly because of political constraints, although a little bit of lack of conviction on the part of his own people — has been the anti-Keynesian,” [Paul] Krugman said. “He’s been the one who’s been doing what Republicans say is the right answer.”—Krugman: Reagan Was More Keynesian Than Obama
Filed under quotes that will make a conservative’s head explode.
Reagan was also the president of a labor union (the Screen Actors Guild) before he became governor of California. He said the following in October of 1981:
“Ever since martial law was brutally imposed last December, Polish authorities have been assuring the world that they’re interested in a genuine reconciliation with the Polish people. But the Polish regime’s action yesterday reveals the hollowness of its promises. By outlawing Solidarity, a free trade organization to which an overwhelming majority of Polish workers and farmers belong, they have made it clear that they never had any intention of restoring one of the most elemental human rights—the right to belong to a free trade union.”