Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Winning Cause

One of the biggest problems with Obamacare has been the failure to sing its praises.  This may well be because, after the right-wing backers backed off their own original proposals and the blue dog Democrats decided to play "Let's Make a Deal" none of us was all too happy with what was left.

But I believe that the Affordable Care Act was truly the result of democracy in action.  What we got was phenomenal:

1.  All Americans would be guaranteed affordable health care.

2.  Children could remain on parents' plans until age 26.

3.  The Medicare "donut hole" would be closed, ensuring continued drug coverage for the elderly.

4.  Health care coverage could no longer be denied due to a preexisting condition.

5.  Insurers could no longer place lifetime caps on coverage.

Hurray!  Right?

Predictably, our own "representatives", Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, and of course the lovely Jim DeMint, are continuing to stand up against health coverage for all South Carolinians.

Even if the Federal Government gives us the money.

Ezra Klein, filling in for Rachel Maddow, gave a very clear and comprehensive narrative of what the Medicaid expansion, made optional to states by the Supreme Court decision, means to South Carolina, specifically.

It is bad business and just plain old meanness to deny South Carolinians this federally supported health care.

So isn't Obamacare the absolute best issue to run on this election season?  Shouldn't all our candidates be listing all the benefits that will be lost if voters support people like Tim Scott?  This is our big chance to get our act together, here in the Democratic Party of South Carolina, and be of one voice, and be heard loud and clear.

Isn't it time the people of South Carolina knew what the Affordable Care Act means for them?

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