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Gazette staff June 28th, 2012

 Let the harumphing begin! Oklahoma's Republican leaders are weighing in on the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling today upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. And — prepare to be shocked — they're not happy about it.

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Gov. Mary Fallin called it "a bad day for Americans," noting that Oklahomans had approved a constitutional amendment to block implementation of the bill.

“Today’s decision highlights the importance of electing leaders who will work to repeal the federal health care law and replace it with meaningful reform focused on commonsense, market-based changes,” she said.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe issued a news release railing that “Obamacare costs too much in the form of lost rights, lost jobs, higher taxes, and increased debt.”

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole echoed similar sentiments, but added that even if the law passes constitutional muster, it's still bad news.

"Regardless of its constitutionality, most Americans agree that Obamacare should be repealed,” he said.

State Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman wasn't even prepared to cede constitutionality.

“The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the president’s health care law is not only disappointing—but frankly, it makes no sense," said Bingman, presumably a constitutional law expert by virtue of his having earned a BBA in petroleum land management from the University of Oklahoma.

"Oklahomans simply do not believe it is constitutional for the government to force individuals to purchase a private product, period."

But leave it to a press-secretary type to provide the most vivid language. Such was the case with John Hart, spokesman for U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn.

“The Court affirmed Congress’ power to tax people if they don’t eat their broccoli,” Hart said. “Now it’s up to the American people to decide whether they will tolerate this obscene abuse of individual liberty.”

Like we said: Harumph!

 
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07.03.2012 at 06:47 Reply

I have to say, the conservative response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare featured in CFN’s ‘Harumph, harumph, harrumph’ (June 28th) is a string of some of the most rhetorical and hyperbolic comments I’ve ever read.

Gov. Mary Falin said; “Today’s decision highlights the importance of electing leaders who will work to repeal the federal health care law and replace it with meaningful reform focused on commonsense, market-based changes.”


The healthcare industry has needed reform for decades, and her party offered no solutions.  So what exactly is a “market-based” change?    It’s as though Mary strung a bunch of big words together, without any intention of explaining what it meant.  Remember when your grade school teachers demanded that you “show your work?”  This feels like one of those “show your work” situations.


Senator Inhofe said; “Obamacare costs too much in the form of lost rights, lost jobs, higher taxes, and increased debt.”


I assume the good senator is referring to the right of all citizens to walk into an ER completely broke and let the private hospital eat the cost of the patient’s treatment.  Lost jobs must be referring to the thousands of doctors, nurses, and ancillary staffs in hospitals and insurance companies that will be required after tens of millions become insured.  Higher taxes; only for those refusing to pay for healthcare.
 But I wonder if the minimum standard of healthcare created by Obamacare is on par with the Cadillac policy he enjoys.  If you don’t think Obamacare isn’t good for our people, perhaps we can get the ‘Senator Inhofe special’, I’m guessing that will be much more expensive.  As for the increased debt, his party has enough power now to enforce the debt ceiling.  The fact that they keep playing a losing game of chicken with the POTUS tells me they really don’t care about the debt.  Or perhaps he knows his government benefits would cease if they don’t raise the debt ceiling.


Rep. Tom Cole said; "Regardless of its constitutionality, most Americans agree that Obamacare should be repealed”.


This seems to be a bit of a stretch.  Just over 129 Million people voted in the 2008 presidential election.  Obama had discussed affordable healthcare prior, and more than 69 million people still voted for him.  Even if some are put off by this legislation, odds are that the more than 40 million people, who will benefit from it, are in favor.  That would be close to 1/3 of everyone who voted.  If Rep. Cole thinks the needs of more than 40 million voters are unwarranted, I’m thinking he’d better start looking for a new job.


State Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman said; "Oklahomans simply do not believe it is constitutional for the government to force individuals to purchase a private product, period."


That statement implies that Oklahomans believe it is constitutional for the government to force individuals to purchase a public product.  And ironically it was in the original legislation to allow individuals to purchase healthcare from the government.  This was ultimately removed to garner Republican support.  Many want to argue then that the government shouldn’t sell a insurance product.  But they already do; they’re the key underwriter in NFIP, FDIC, and UCUA insurance.  Apparently it’s fine if our government sells a product (some of which is mandatory) to protect your assets and property, but not okay for the government to insure your health which is arguably your most valuable asset.


John Hart, spokesman for U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (who was apparently too busy to comment) said; “The Court affirmed Congress’ power to tax people if they don’t eat their broccoli.”


I’m pretty sure that’s not what the Court said, but I’ll be sure to let Mr. Hart know if I get taxed for not eating broccoli.  In the meantime he might want to act like he’s gonna get taxed for not eating poultry; he’ll be eating crow soon enough.

 

 
 
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