Remember that annoying kid at school recess, or in the park, who loved the game you were playing and all its rules, provided, of course, he was winning?
But, the moment things started to go the other way, this was the kid who yelled that the rules weren’t fair, and they needed to be changed, usually in such a way that it was to his advantage.
Remember that kid? We used to call him annoying. Now we call him the House Republicans, or to be more specific, Boehner and McConnell.
When the Supreme Court ruled on the Arizona Immigration law it struck down most of it, but allowed the provision that has law enforcement people checking the papers of anyone they feel might be an illegal alien to stand. People fear racial profiling, but the hope remains that this practice will be limited to someone committing a crime, not a random demand of anyone who “looks” like they are illegal.
The conservatives danced with joy calling it a vindication of the Arizona law and its supporters even though most of it has to be thrown out. The Supreme Court was seen as a wise body of Constitutional experts. A few days later the same Constitutional experts ruled that all of the Affordable Healthcare Act was constitutional. And, now, suddenly their flaws are too numerous to count; their decision practically unAmerican.
McConnell and Boehner, seeing that their bluster before the decision was way off the mark, and their minions seeing that they had been wrong, immediately vowed to repeal the law. They want the rules to change because the game did not go their way.
And, of course, they got people to go along with their hissy fit by claiming it will cost jobs with no statistical or emperical evidence presented to support that claim. They call it “socialism” to scare people. They claim it is an unAmerican dictatorial overreach by the federal government while they have presented nothing as an alternative.
Here’s what we now get to keep, unless the brats take the ball and go home,
1) Access to healthcare for 30 million Americans and lower premiums
'2) Ability of businesses and individuals to purchase comprehensive coverage from a regulated market.
3) Insurers cannot discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.
5) Assistance for businesses that provide health benefits for early retirees
6) Affordable health care for low income Americans
7) Investments in women’s health without charging women more than men
8) Young adults can be covered by their parents’ insurance up to age 26
9) Discounts for seniors on brand-name drugs.
10) Coverage for the sickest Americans
They proclaimed that their priority was to make sure President Obama was a one term president, and this just might get in the way of that priority.
Its almost as unnerving as, after blaming President Obama for the rising gas prices, they have all they can do to find a way to now claim that the President has nothing to do with the falling ones.