By Stephfon Guidry
Some call it unconstitutional, some call it “Obamacare” and I call it conversation starter! Many Americans are up in arms and in the courts to dispute the validity of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act recently signed in March 2010, through a mandate of President Barrack H. Obama. Dem. Representative Nancy Pelosi joked as she commented on Obamacare, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” (Forbes.com) This Law mandates that by 2014 everyone in the U.S. MUST have health care. Does the government reserve the right to impose its value of health care on America? Whether this initiative is good or not is not in question it is whether or not the government should be allowed to pass a law that forces action and will present consequences to those who do not follow it.
The Supreme Court Case is a monumental turning point in the power of the people as small businesses have petitioned and gathered their grievances to be heard by the highest court. Small businesses feel as if they will be caught in the cross fires of higher insurance premiums and less quality care. The law contains a major glitch, it offers subsidies to state-regulated insurance exchanges not to federal insurance exchanges.
Currently 17 states developed state-run insurance exchange however Obamacare seems a law that is federally regulated and state-run. Under this law, a divide of those who may qualify for th tax credit and those who do not: for instance those between the 133 and 400 poverty level, single family households, and some on social security while a married couple with a household income of >$150,00 annually would not qualify. This health care law focuses on an individual health care insurance policy as a result married couples are left to face the higher tax premiums and not received the tax credit.
The silver lining, about “Obamacare” and this law comes from President Obama’s intent to use this law to better the quality of life of all americans; The law intends to create more jobs in the health care field—which throughout the financial crisis is a job market steadily rising each year. The law projects to dole out between $1 million to $0 million to non-profits, medical providers, community groups, local government agencies, and other government agencies such as Medicare and Medicaid. The White House announced that through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, “the most compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.” (The New American.com)
President Obama may have the audacity to say “We Can’t Wait” for more jobs standing before Congress and the hope that Americans are patient enough to allow him and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act time to improve before its final vote or veto!