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Thoughts on the Affordable Care Act

Back in school I had a love-hate relationship with history. I loved learning about historical events (I was somewhat of a local expert on the Kennedy assassination in high school, which may have been why I didn’t date a lot!) but didn’t so much care for the importance put on memorizing dates. Strangely enough, I can still tell you that the Magna Carta was signed in 1215 but I can’t tell you exactly what it was all about.

But yesterday, June 28, 2012, will be one of those dates future generations of students are forced to remember – the day President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) was ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court. Hopefully by the time my children’s children are in school, they will pay more attention to what the history books say about the day’s events and the impact of ACA then simply remembering the date.

No matter what side you’re on — for or against the so-called Obamacare — yesterday was a game changer. As Democrats celebrate a victory for the President (wonder if the Exec. Dir. of the DNC was happy with the ruling), the fiscal-conservative base is mobilizing as they did in 2010 when Republican’s took back the House.

Whether knowingly or not, Chief Justice John Roberts framed the next 4 months of the election when he stated in his majority opinion “Those decisions [to make policy judgements] are entrusted to our Nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”

Sadly, Chief Justice Roberts and the Court’s vote will not get rid of the pernicious partisanship and malicous myopia that exist on both sides of the aisle. Politics used to be a debate between two sides who both had different ideas about how best to run this great country. Now all glimpses of those days are gone; name-calling, finger pointing and blaming others have replaced the dialogue we once had and need again.

What are we…..back on the elementary school playground?

What we don’t need is liberals accusing conservatives of being racist, elitists who don’t care if the poor have access to healthcare. The conservative opposition to ACA has been about how the American people are going to pay for this massive entitlement program, and concern over parts of the legislation that appear to incentivize employers from cutting insurance coverage for employees while penalizing individuals for not having insurance.

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We also don’t need the conservatives going on a witch hunt, however justified it may or may not be, into what the Justice Department did or didn’t turn over in the infamous Fast & Furious gun-running scandal. Even if Eric Holder should be held in Contempt of Congress, we need conservatives as the House majority, to actually shape the debate about how to increase jobs to try and get this country back to work.

I used to enjoy having discussions about the issues; now not so much. Armchair politicians on both sides — people whom I consider friends — are happy to simply categorize everyone who doesn’t agree with them as horrible people, vilifying them for having a different perspective. Frankly, I don’t want to be unfriended because I don’t share your political views!

So this is probably all you’ll see online from me about politics in this election year except for the occasional internet meme.  As for yesterday’s ruling from the Court, I can’t wait to see what the textbooks say about this date in history and the Affordable Care Act. Learn more on how to compare car insurance here.