Get on with the work that America demands from leaders

By Ed Martin, Editor
Get on with the work that America demands from leaders

Let’s just get on with the business of America. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled – and by surprising majority – let’s set aside all of this nonsense about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) being “fundamentally broken” as Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner stated so non-eloquently today, following the Supreme Court's 6-3 vote, that subsidies to ACA enrollees, not part of a state health exchange, and not specifically stated but implied in the law, were legal and could and should be retained.

Conservative justices John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy joined with the liberals on the court to reaffirm the constitutionality of the ACA.

What bothers me most is the constant criticism of the ACA by Republicans:

“Obamacare is fundamentally broken, increasing health-care costs for millions of Americans,” Boehner said. “Today’s ruling doesn’t change that fact.”

“Our Founding Fathers didn’t create a ‘do-over’ provision in our Constitution that allows unelected, Supreme Court justices the power to circumvent Congress and rewrite bad laws,” former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee said.

“The decision turns both the rule of law and common sense on its head,” added Sen. Rand Paul, who is running for president, in a statement. “As president, I would make it my mission to repeal it, and propose real solutions to our health care system.”

All Republicans running for President say Obamacare needs to be repealed and replaced with something better. Yet none of them, in the five years since the Affordable Care Act was written into law, and now is providing insurance coverage to many more Americans who previously were not able to afford such coverage, has offered up anything remotely resembling an alternative. They need to do something constructive or simply shut up and accept the inevitable. Obamacare is here to stay and eventually, as what happened with Social Security and Medicare; Americans will grow quite satisfied with it.

Paul said if he were President he would repeal and replace the ACA with something better. Well, why doesn’t he, as a U.S. Senator, propose something? If he has such good ideas, why doesn’t he do something to enact them while supposedly millions of Americans, as he states, suffer under the heavy weight of Obamacare. Could he just be playing “politics?”

It’s the worst of politics. Politicians – on both sides – make bold unfounded statements that have little or no basis in fact and expect an ignorant electorate to fall in line, like cattle headed for the feed trough.

Where are the Roosevelts, the Lincolns, and the Washingtons when we need them? We need them now – more than ever.

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