published Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Opposing ObamaCare on principle

It has been cynically assumed that everybody who may get medical coverage under ObamaCare “reforms” will naturally give wholehearted support to the law. But it was encouraging to read in The Tennessean newspaper that that’s not the case.

The Nashville paper highlighted a 19-year-old Nashville resident and college student, Alè Dalton, who does not currently have medical insurance. “If anyone would seem a likely supporter of last year’s federal health care reform, it’s Ale Dalton,” the newspaper reported, declaring that she “fits the profile of Americans that federal health care reform laws are designed to help.”

But Dalton opposes ObamaCare, or at least its most oppressive provision: the requirement that almost everyone buy government-approved medical insurance or be punished for not doing so. She said that whether or not she would personally benefit from ObamaCare, “I don’t agree with the unconstitutionality of it. It’s not just my opinion, but it is unconstitutional for Congress to mandate people buy something from a private institution.”

Her views echo overwhelming Tennessee opposition to ObamaCare. Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions surveyed more than 700 Tennesseans and found more than three-fifths want ObamaCare completely or partially repealed. Not even a third want the law to stay on the books as it is or to expand.

Like the student in Nashville, many who oppose ObamaCare object to the mandate that everyone buy government-approved insurance.

It is refreshing when individuals reject a bad law on principle, not complacently accepting it in the hope of “getting something.”

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acerigger said...

The "views of a 19 year-old"????,,your grasping at such straws is hilariously pathetic. Look, this whole debate about the constitutionality of "Patients Affordable Care Act" is going to be decided by the Supreme Court, so why don't you give up on flogging this issue daily?

February 8, 2011 at 8:17 a.m.
frankfeeny said...

The individual mandate is not just a personal liberty issue. If A decides to opt-out of health insurance, B will be denied coverage, or will be forced to pay higher premiums.

February 8, 2011 at 8:45 a.m.
holdout said...

So force them both to buy insurance? If A then chooses to smoke two packs a day and live on fried fat back B is then forced to pay for the stupidity of A.

February 8, 2011 at 9:14 a.m.
acerigger said...

Who do you think "picks up the tab" for the un-insured now,the"free" emergency room?

February 8, 2011 at 10:12 a.m.
EaTn said...

I don't have an issue with anyone opposing the health care law any more than any other law on the books. If they don't like any law then vote for someone in congress who shares their views. An opinion voiced at the polls is the only one that counts.

February 8, 2011 at 1:10 p.m.

Bravo to the 19 year old student. She understands what it means to be an American better than the older people on this forum. She understands the magnitude of the loss of freedom and personal liberty that will most defininately be unleashed if the mandate is not stopped. Maybe her generation will not be so willing to accept governmnt bullying and the loss of constitutional rights.

Acerigger, you know darn will you'd be applauding her wisdom at such a young age if she was for the mandate and your agenda. Very revealing.

This topic cannot be "flogged" enough. It should be repeated over and over that it's unconstitutional and is a loss of freedom.

February 8, 2011 at 1:16 p.m.
hambone said...

I'll bet that 19 year old will have health insurance when she decides to have children!

February 8, 2011 at 2:46 p.m.
Musicman375 said...

What Ace, you think a 19 year-old's opinion is beneath you? Elitist much? The last time I checked, 18 is the legal age in this country, and most people have the cognitive skills at an earlier age than that to form their own opinions.

And it is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

February 8, 2011 at 3:06 p.m.
EaTn said...

The 19 year old does not have medical insurance, and doubtfully even understands what it means to have a chronic or life threatening illness without insurance, nor have a six figure debt to shoulder over the illness. Try finding a 40 year old unemployed family person that would be willing to make such a ridiculous statement.

February 8, 2011 at 3:14 p.m.

There are many 19 year olds out there who are paying more attention than you would think. They're not buying everything they're told and I'm sure they knew President Obama was lying in his interview with Bill O'Reilly when he said he has not raised taxes. Musicman375 is correct, acerigger, your comment smacks of elitism and sour grapes.

February 8, 2011 at 3:37 p.m.
Yano said...

Your decision not to buy insurance affects me, because I will have to pay for your health care when you get sick, either through higher premiums or higher taxes.

Do you expect me to let you die rather than receive the health care you need when you need it? Is that the Republican solution?

It's only fair for you to pay for insurance if you can afford it, before you get sick, rather than let you milk the system like the grasshopper in the fable while I act responsibly all along.

There's nothing American about not paying your own way, and that's what people who refuse to buy insurance want to do.

February 8, 2011 at 5:33 p.m.
acerigger said...

My point was,and is,the Supremes will decide this issue,so why keep pounding sand down this rat-hole? Regarding the "wisdom" of any 19yr.old,I'd have to take that on a case-by-case basis.

February 8, 2011 at 5:38 p.m.
carlB said...

Free Press »
Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011 Opposing ObamaCare on principle


Isn't it just great, every critical issue that President Obama inherited from the last administration is going to get "fixed"?
The opponents, of President Obama and the "lobbied" Democrats in Congress, only have to continue with their "bashing" of them without making any changes from what "brought this Republic to the dance" in the first place.

Therefore, if the opponents of President Obama are not helpings get this Republic back in the proper balance, then their other tactics are to continue with their plans of destroying this Republic. Yes, I said destroying this Republic because every action the "Opponents" have taken only leads to another "great depression. What would the effects of another great depression cause on this Republic? Since the Republicans do not have any plans which would prevent another great depression, now their only plan is to try to convince the voters that the healthcare plan was completely wrong. Forget about the Republicans helping create manufacturing jobs that President Obama is trying to get the private sectors to invest in. They want to keep the same status of "racing to the bottom" with the global corporate monopolies continuing to ship their goods to the US after having the goods manufactured in the low monetary value countries.
Our record trade deficit with these global corporate monopolies of about $50.0 billion dollars per month is unsustainable and our unemployment rate will continue to increase, not decrease while the poverty rate increases and the wage gap gets wider. Of course the Republicans do not have any problems with increasing the wage gap. That gives them more reasons to cut out the helping of the people who have been forced out of their jobs. Maybe this is the reason they do not want to get the jobs back for all of the people wanting do productive work for the good of this Republic? Getting our manufacturing jobs back and the employment up would destroy and solve most of everything the Republicans have been complaining about.

February 8, 2011 at 9:20 p.m.
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