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Thu Apr 5, 2012, 10:51 PM

Europe Is Baffled by the U.S. Supreme Court

Europe is scratching its head over possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down President Obama's signature legislative achievement. As the judiciary and the Obama administration trade legal barbs over the high court's authority, the idea that health care coverage, largely considered a universal right in Europe, could be deemed an affront to liberty is baffling.

"The Supreme Court can legitimately return Obamacare?" asks a headline on the French news site 9 POK . The article slowly walks through the legal rationale behind the court's right to wipe away Congress's legislation. "Sans précédent, extraordinaires" reads the article. In the German edition of The Financial Times, Sabine Muscat is astonished at Justice Antonin Scalia's argument that if the government can mandate insurance, it can also require people to eat broccoli. "Absurder Vergleich" reads the article's kicker, which in English translates to, "Absurd Comparison." In trying to defeat the bill, Muscat writes, Scalia is making a "strange analogy vegetables."

Over in Britain, the opposition is more direct. The Guardian's Kevin Powell called the debate "surreal" in his Monday column. "Wasn't the point to make sure the richest and most powerful nation on the planet could protect its own people, as other nations do?" he wrote. "If Americans are promised not just liberty but life and happiness, is there not a constitutional right to affordable healthcare?"

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liberal N proud Apr 2012 OP
NRaleighLiberal Apr 2012 #1
CottonBear Apr 2012 #2
lovuian Apr 2012 #55
The Velveteen Ocelot Apr 2012 #3
Joe Bacon Apr 2012 #15
Smilo Apr 2012 #79
Hawkowl Apr 2012 #4
Rex Apr 2012 #5
LiberalFighter Apr 2012 #28
MadHound Apr 2012 #6
99th_Monkey Apr 2012 #7
xtraxritical Apr 2012 #52
99th_Monkey Apr 2012 #62
Maineman Apr 2012 #83
Poll_Blind Apr 2012 #17
malaise Apr 2012 #23
woo me with science Apr 2012 #45
fascisthunter Apr 2012 #49
tblue37 Apr 2012 #67
Ed Suspicious Apr 2012 #8
happerbolic Apr 2012 #16
provis99 Apr 2012 #9
markpkessinger Apr 2012 #57
cherokeeprogressive Apr 2012 #10
marmar Apr 2012 #37
xtraxritical Apr 2012 #53
Spacedog1973 Apr 2012 #11
BanTheGOP Apr 2012 #12
maddiemom Apr 2012 #40
Proud Liberal Dem Apr 2012 #50
socialindependocrat Apr 2012 #61
chervilant Apr 2012 #72
WillyT Apr 2012 #13
Ter Apr 2012 #14
Spacedog1973 Apr 2012 #18
treestar Apr 2012 #22
Daniel537 Apr 2012 #81
qb Apr 2012 #19
Octafish Apr 2012 #20
treestar Apr 2012 #21
BB_Troll Apr 2012 #43
geek tragedy Apr 2012 #74
libtodeath Apr 2012 #24
maddiemom Apr 2012 #41
BootinUp Apr 2012 #25
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CTyankee Apr 2012 #27
malthaussen Apr 2012 #29
Horse with no Name Apr 2012 #46
malthaussen Apr 2012 #47
benld74 Apr 2012 #30
DocMac Apr 2012 #35
Nye Bevan Apr 2012 #31
liberal N proud Apr 2012 #32
maddiemom Apr 2012 #42
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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 10:55 PM

1. Europe needs to get in line for bafflement....

...plenty of bafflement right here.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 10:58 PM

2. Most of us here in the USA are baffled as well.

Except for the baby, no one in my family has health insurance. We just pray we don't get sick or injured. If something really bad happens, well then that's it for us.

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Response to CottonBear (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 01:17 AM

55. healthcare will be the issue in the 2012 election

everybody knows it and so does the SC

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 10:59 PM

3. I am baffled by the Supreme Court.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:37 AM

15. I'm not.

We have five Ju$ti¢e$ and four Justices.

Five of them have been bought off and none of those five even go to the bathroom without getting permission from Wall Street.

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Response to Joe Bacon (Reply #15)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 12:50 PM

79. And the kochroaches and Rove and his sycophants. n/t

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 11:39 PM

4. Supreme Corruption should not be baffling

 

Scalia, Thomas et. al, get paid for speaking engagements, private plane rides, exclusive hunting trips etc. Yet, they can not be unelected or fired.

WTF is so baffling about being in the pockets of huge corporations?

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Response to Hawkowl (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 11:47 PM

5. Good point, they have no voters to represent.

They can do what they want.

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Response to Hawkowl (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 09:56 AM

28. If that was done at the lower courts there would be investigations of corruption

The DOJ in the next 4 years need to hit the SC on these issues.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:09 AM

6. Perhaps this explains their bafflement

 

The health care systems that most European countries have doesn't put financial institutions in charge of health care. Nor do their "mandates" require them to purchase a "product" from a for profit corporation.

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Response to MadHound (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:23 AM

7. B-I-N-G-O

The whole 'mandate' thing was a Republican tar baby from get-go,
and the Dems went for it, hook, line, and sinker.

Never-you-mind that Mitt Etch-a-sketch "forced this mandate" on
Massachusetts long ago. Nothing to see here.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Reply #7)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 12:23 AM

52. Pack Congress with Democrats in November and everything can and will be corrected.

 

The whole point of the ACA exercise is to show voters that Democrats in congress are working for the citizens betterment. If the SC is as biased and stupid politically as it appears to be, it is of no matter, an overwhelmingly Democratic congress can pass single payer after the November elections. Whatever the SC objects to in it's opinions can be corrected by the next Democratic majority Congress. This current legislation can be considered a trial balloon to gauge voter sentiment (a large majority in favor) and test SC opinion. Vote a straight Democratic ballot in November

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Response to xtraxritical (Reply #52)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 06:50 PM

62. I like the way you think. From your lips to God/dess' ears. ~nt

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Response to xtraxritical (Reply #52)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 03:39 PM

83. Vote for Dems, and then give them hell every day until they clean up the mess...

money out of politics (publicly funded elections, full and immediate exposure of PAC and Super PAC donors;
corporations are not persons;
Medicare for all;
end corporate wellfare;
close tax loopholes for corporations and the wealthy.

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Response to MadHound (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:42 AM

17. +1

PB

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Response to MadHound (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 08:33 AM

23. Ding ding we have a winner

That happens when life is more important than 'the market'.

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Response to MadHound (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 05:25 PM

45. Thank you.

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Response to MadHound (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 07:01 PM

49. we live in a sociopathic country... prime environment for fascism

How much are you worth? Get sick and find out... the same bastards who claim to be pro-life would watch you die. There is no We in this country... the US crumbling before our eyes.

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Response to fascisthunter (Reply #49)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 01:57 PM

67. Not just "watch you die," but cheer loudly at the prospect! nt

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:24 AM

8. Providing health care is an affront to liberty at the same time forced strip

searching and rectal/vaginal inspections the arrested (not to be read as convicted) is not. Up is down.

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Response to Ed Suspicious (Reply #8)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:40 AM

16. i hear if you have an airline ticket....

 

... these days, your proctological and mamograms are a free perk. please, just no tugging on the polyps.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:34 AM

9. and I'm baffled by the idiotic American commenters on news.yahoo.com

 

maybe the Guardian should do a series on them, too.

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Response to provis99 (Reply #9)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 01:45 AM

57. Yahoo commenters excel in idiocy...

... I don't even bother reading Yahoo comments anymore.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:55 AM

10. There's no surprise in that. They're still surprised WE decided to move "across the pond"...

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Reply #10)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:41 PM

37. Actually, they're probably pretty happy we did these days.

nt

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Response to marmar (Reply #37)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 12:28 AM

53. That's right, they unloaded all their criminally insane and religious zealots.

 

The GOP are the offspring.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:56 AM

11. Its like turkey's voting for Christmas

In the comments section of that Yahoo article

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:06 AM

12. Why are they baffled? The US is the ONLY country in the world with a party as extreme as the GOP

 

There is NO other political entity, in fact no more OPPRESSIVE regime, than the America republican party. We have four extreme right wingers on the bench, along with one right wing, 3 moderates and one whom I would have to say is left of center. This is a NO BRAINER in my mind.

I keep saying, we must get rid of the GOP if we are to have ANY chance of integrating into the society of civilized nations. The republican Party has ceased its political presence, and instead has existed as a criminal organization for several decades now. Use existing RICO statutes to netralize if financially, then use criminal statutes to get rid of the rest of it.

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Response to BanTheGOP (Reply #12)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:58 PM

40. I gave the Reublican party the benefit of the doubt

for too many years. I grew up thinking there were sane among them in the fifties and sixties (except for the "Goldwater Scare," and he looked fine in comparison to today.) Of course, Eisenhower was the first president I was aware of. As the years have passed, we've learned that the Republicans sabotaged LBJ over Viet Nam peace talks, then sabotaged Jimmy Carter over the hostages in Iran. They've made it their mission to sabotage everything President Obama tries to do. They tied up a lot of what the previous Democratic president, Clinton, might have done with nit-picking investigations into anything they could dredge up. I loved how they made an issue of "Whitewater" from years back, then stood by while VP Cheney 's former company Halliburton, made out with no bid contracts in Iraq, while he was in office. No longer the "loyal opposition" the current Republican party lives to obstruct, sabotaging the Democrats being more important than making the government work. Seems to me pretty close to treason.

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Response to maddiemom (Reply #40)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 07:11 PM

50. +1000

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Response to maddiemom (Reply #40)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 06:28 PM

61. I agree - close to treason

When they say that their main goal is to make President Obama a one term president
and then do everything they can to stop any forward progress.

Then try to reduce the power of unions to hurt the money provided to the Dems for elections

Then, try to make it difficult for groups of people to vote (when they are mostly voters for Dems)

Then, SCOTUS allows Citizens United.

Then they collect $180M for doing nothing...

These people are like children. This isn't a highschool debate they are trying to "win".

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Response to socialindependocrat (Reply #61)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 07:27 PM

72. Sociopathic behavior,

not to mention narcissistic...

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:08 AM

13. The U.S. Is Baffled By The U.S. Supreme Court...


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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:26 AM

14. Who cares what they think

 

They arrest those for speech they don't like, clearly our Constitutions are different.

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Response to Ter (Reply #14)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:46 AM

18. Its nothing to do with the constitution

Its to do with a different perspective on life, how to live life, the sort of basic things that people need to get on in life that Europeans have worked out and the US are still taking baby steps with.

As for 'who care what they think' since it sounds like a question, I do. Unless you live in an isolated bubble and surround yourself with those who agree, I guess you don't think its relevant.

As for arresting those for speech they don't like, yes, we call it hate speech. The freedom to speak comes with responsibility and by using speech as a weapon, it harms the individual and society as a whole. If people can't enjoy free speech without harming others through it, they lack a vocabulary, not freedom. In my view, hate speech laws would provide far more clarity and unity to your troubled nations and help some people grow up. Its not perfect, but its better than the mess you have.

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Response to Ter (Reply #14)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 08:32 AM

22. +1

Some have "state religions" too or registration of permitted religions.

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Response to Ter (Reply #14)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 03:09 PM

81. +1

I'll take our constitution against any European constitution any day of the week.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:07 AM

19. How dare they!!!


I'm sure Scalia has already ordered the cafeteria to start serving Freedom Fries in retaliation.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 07:24 AM

20. Europe needs to call Thom Hartmann.

He'll straighten them out, PDQ.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 08:31 AM

21. Well we go by the rule of law as expressed in the Constitution

Journalists in Europe, one would think, would be sophisticated enough to understand our system.

Not that it is "an affront to liberty." It would be a matter of whether our federal government has the power under the Constitution.

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Response to treestar (Reply #21)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 03:52 PM

43. Exactly.

In order to win the game, the players need to know the rules.

Our Constitution is the highest law of the land.

Take Britain for example. In Britain they do not have a strong constitution and the documents that they do have provide different rules. One standard, for instance, is:
"Unlike some supreme courts in other parts of the world, the UK supreme court does not have the power to 'strike down' legislation passed by the UK parliament. It is not the court's role to formulate public policy, but to interpret law and develop it where necessary, through well-established processes and methods of reasoning."


Here is the link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2011/jan/27/supreme-court-parliamentary-sovereignty

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Response to treestar (Reply #21)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 08:55 PM

74. That our government doesn't have the power to guarantee health care

is what puzzles them. The Constitution is known to be a fairly rightwing document, but this would make it a joke amongst developed nations.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 09:06 AM

24. We would and the planet would be better off if we all took followed Europe`s lead in

Democratic Socialism.
Peace and prosper would be the result so the MIC wont allow it.

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Response to libtodeath (Reply #24)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 03:10 PM

41. Absolutely agree!

Making "Socialism" a dirty word and boogeyman has been the most successful project the "closer and closer to Facism" right wing has come up with. "Democratic Socialism" is actually a bit redundant, but needed to get the point across. A majority of Americans seem to have no idea what Socialism is. They think : Communism, forced, rigid government, "they'll take what I have and give it to the worthless." No wonder the Europeans think we're a clueless, uneducated bunch of rednecks.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 09:16 AM

25. Nothing this Supreme Court does surprises me

anymore.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 09:18 AM

26. Well it is a no brainer, the SCOTUS is controlled

by a bunch of sick freaks. Sadly, they use the law for their own GOP agenda and we can do nothing about it. Should be illegal the way they use OUR court to advance their own personal agendas.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 09:29 AM

27. This is why emerging democracies don't want to model their constitutions on the U.S. Constitution.

Real concerns of the people are ignored. Women are ignored.

We are a disgrace in the eyes of the rest of the world.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:03 PM

29. The irony of it

The justices on the court sit on "good behavior," which essentially means they can't be fired (except for gross misconduct). The irony is that this was done to protect the Court from corruption. But considering the option -- that they serve at pleasure -- they'd be even more corrupt and useless than they are now.

Of course. when the Court hands down a decision we agree with, then it is an admirable institution. When it does something we don't like, then lo! it becomes an affront to liberty.

Yes, it's a shame that some Justices are so corrupt. Want a perfect Court? Invent the perfect man.

-- Mal

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Response to malthaussen (Reply #29)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 05:39 PM

46. The court needs to be bigger.n/t

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Response to Horse with no Name (Reply #46)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 05:43 PM

47. Think so? Congress is pretty big

... but they're a bunch of corrupt hacks, too.

-- Mal

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:50 PM

30. Just take a look at some of the article replies,,,,

Yahoo brings them out of the woodwork! everytime

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Response to benld74 (Reply #30)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:22 PM

35. One can get brain damage from reading those comments. nt

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:08 PM

31. Too bad a German court could not strike down Hitler's 1933 Enabling Act

through which he seized absolute power.

The US Supreme Court would prevent this kind of thing from happening in the US.

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #31)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:12 PM

32. Or they could enable it

Remember Bush vs. Gore 2000.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #32)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 03:16 PM

42. I'll Never "get over it"

and I don't think we should. It's paved the way to Citizens United and who can imagine What down the road.

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #31)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 01:30 AM

56. "The US Supreme Court would prevent this kind of thing from happening in the US."

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:12 PM

33. Yeah me too, only I'm baffled as to why most

of those sorry fuckers haven't been removed from the bench.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:17 PM

34. Some of us as well.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:36 PM

36. can you imagine the mess if SCOTUS were electable seats?

the horror...

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:46 PM

38. How sensible!

it will never fly here. Will they offer us sanctuary from our oppressors, our MURDERERS??? I hope so.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:52 PM

39. I see the usual parade of "Kiss My Flag, damn Europeans" reactionary posts attacking the OP.....

...... Not challenging the fact that they're right in their observation. Just mad that they made the observation. ..... Ain't that America!?!

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Response to marmar (Reply #39)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 05:24 PM

44. USA! USA! USA!

???????? ????????

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Response to marmar (Reply #39)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 06:08 PM

60. Freedumb! Freedumb ain't free!

 

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Response to marmar (Reply #39)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 03:11 PM

82. What exactly are they right about?

European nations have Supreme Courts as well. Yes, we should have universal health care, but our courts have the right to rule on what is and what is not constitutional. Nothing unusual there. Just because Europeans feel one way, doesn't automatically make them right.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 06:53 PM

48. How does ensuring all citizens have access to affordable healthcare not meet.....

 

the concept in the preamble to the Constitution that reads "promote the general welfare"? How more intrinsic to "welfare" can there be than ensuring people can see a doctor when they need to?

And the ones on the right most loudly complaining are those that are either (a) covered by their employers such as the GOP members of Congress or (b) already on a single payer program, i.e. Medicare.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 10:39 PM

51. They are baffled...many here are baffled too!

We have been told our whole life that we have three co-equal branches of government. Before our very eyes we can see that
one leg of the three can overturn the will of the other two-in essence making that leg of our government more powerful than the other two legs combined! Worse yet, that particular leg of government is not answerable to the citizenry that it 'governs'.

This refutes that todays America has a government Of, By and For it's people. Instead we have two co-equal branches of government answerable to its citizenry overseen by a small group of judges who make decisions for us but not by us. I do not see this as a fair way to be governed.

"Obama Care" will defend the citizenry from pandemics better than anything proposed by the gop. Should we ever be attacked by terrorists using bio-weapons the citizenry of America would be stuck fending for themselves in underfunded hospitals and overburdened ERs under the gop plans. Imo, the gop is fighting to weaken national security and the SCOTUS is complicit.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 12:29 AM

54. Almost by design - it was doomed to get dumped by these Supreme Courtisans

We have no choice. Batshit crazy Republicans or Goldwater Democrats.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 02:26 AM

58. This is the same Supreme Court that said that money is free speech.

How can anyone *NOT* be baffled by it?

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 05:01 AM

59. Most Europeans would be opposed to Obamacare if they knew what it was

Most Europeans thinks this healthcare bill is about normal single payer healthcare like we have in Europe, thats why they are baffled. Europeans would not like the idea of being forced to buy private insurance. Granted, if it was the only thing we knew, maybe. But providing that people understand there is a single payer option, people would not like it and neither should you.

In the US, healthcare is considered a commodity to be bought, and therefore the question is whether or not the supreme court can mandate that people buy something, and i am not entirely sure the supreme court will rule Obamas way. Why should the federal government mandate that people buy a service?

This healthcare plan was flawed from the very beginning.

If they had gone for "medicare for all", and sold it like that to people instead of using terms like single payer etc, this problem may not have existed right now.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 06:52 PM

63. Welcome to USA. In Europe you get sick. IN USA sick gets YOU!

 

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 09:09 PM

64. Repeat this over and over.

MEDICARE FOR ALL!

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 12:55 AM

65. So are the sane people of this country

Or perhaps 'sickened, disgusted, and outraged' is more accurate.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 03:09 AM

66. Yes, the eyes of the world are on the SCOTUS


And these are countries that have universal coverage, and usually single payer, and are quite happy with it.

So, does the Supreme Conservative Five make themselves look like assholes?

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 02:05 PM

68. constitutional right to affordable healthcare . . .

Mr. Powell has it exactly right.

My only complaint? Obamacare doesn't go far enough. It should be universal healthcare. This paying for insurance crap needs to go.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 05:22 PM

69. What is even more baffling

Is that so much of the population is against universal health care. Not that Obamacare is equivalent to that by any stretch of the imagination.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 05:26 PM

70. The court will most likely rule in favor of big insurance and let the law stand, screwing the rest

Of us, IMHO.

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Response to grahamhgreen (Reply #70)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 05:27 PM

71. Pretty much.

The majority is conservative, I'd hardly see them vote against their buddies.

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Response to Bassic (Reply #71)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 08:01 AM

77. Exactly. You can tell who their buddies are by the "friends of the court" briefs.

Merits Briefs for the Petitioners

Brief of the Department of Health and Human Services et al. regarding the Minimum Coverage Provision
Brief for the Department of Health and Human Services et al. regarding the Anti-Injunction Act
Reply Brief for the Petitioners on the Anti-Injunction Act

Amicus Briefs in Support of the Petitioners

Brief for AARP
Brief for American Nurses Association et al.
Brief for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Brief for Constitutional Law and Economics Professors
Brief for 104 Health Law Professors
Brief for Constitutional Law Scholars
Brief for Child Advocacy Organizations
Brief for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. et al.
Brief for the California Endowment
Brief for the National Women’s Law Center et al.
Brief for Prescription Policy Choices et al.
Brief for the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action et al.
Brief for Health Care For All et al.
Brief for California Public Employees Retirement System
Brief for Law Professors Barry Friedman et al.
Brief for Lambda Legal Defense Fund, et al,
Brief for David R. Riemer and Community Advocates
Brief for Department of Health and Human Services et al.
Brief for the Governor of Washington Christine Gregoire
Brief for Health Care Policy History Scholars
Brief for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid et al.
Brief for Small Business Majority Foundation, INC and the Main Street Alliance
Brief for State Legislators
Brief for the States of Maryland et al.
Brief for Service Employees International Union and Change to Win
Brief for Economic Scholars
Brief for the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations

Merits Briefs for the Respondents

Brief for the State Respondents on the Anit-Injunction Act
Brief for Private Respondents on the Anti-Injunction Act
Brief for the State Respondents on the Minimum Coverage Provision
Brief for Private Respondents on the Minimum Coverage Provision
Reply Brief for State Respondents on the Anti-Injunction Act

Amicus Briefs Supporting the Respondents

Brief for Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom
Brief for the Cato Institute et al.
Brief for Association of American Physicians And Surgeons, inc., and Individual Physicians
Brief for Judicial Watch, Inc.
Brief for American Catholic Lawyers Association, Inc.
Brief for the American Center for Law and Justice et al.
Brief for the American Legislative Exchange Council
Brief for American College of Pediatricians et al.
Brief for the American Civil Rights Union et al.
Brief for the Cato Institute
Brief for Gary Lawson et al.
Brief for the Catholic Vote and Steven J. Willis
Brief for Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence et al.
Brief for Citizens and Legislators in the Fourteen Health Care Freedom States
Brief for Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom
Brief for the Commonwealth of Virginia Ex Rel. Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli
Brief for Docs4patientcare et al.
Brief for Employer Solutions Staffing Group
Brief for Egon Mittelmann, Esq.
Brief for Former U.S. Department Officials
Brief for the Foundation for Moral Law
Brief for HSA Coalition, Inc. and the Constitution Defense Fund
Brief for John Boehner
Brief for the Landmark Legal Foundation
Brief for Liberty Legal Foundation
Brief for Members of the United States Senate
Brief for the Mountain States Legal Foundation
Brief for Oklahoma
Brief for Partnership for America
Brief for the Rutherford Institute
Brief for Senator Rand Paul
Brief for Stephen M. Trattner
Brief for the Thomas More Law Center et al.
Brief for Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall et al.
Brief for the Washington Legal Foundation and Constitutional Law Scholars
Brief for Authors of Origins of The Necessary and Proper Clause and the Independence Institute
Brief for Economists
Brief for the Independent Women’s Forum
Brief for the Tax Foundation
Brief for the Missouri Attorney General
Brief for Montana Shooting Sports Association
Brief for the American Life League
Brief for the Caesar Rodney Institute
Brief for Liberty University, Inc. et al.
Brief for Project Liberty

Amicus Briefs Supporting Neither Party

Brief for the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati regarding minimum coverage

Merits Briefs for Court-Appointed Amicus regarding the Anti-Injunction Act

Brief supporting vacatur

Amicus Briefs Supporting the Court- Appointed Amicus

Brief for Tax Law Professors
Brief for Mortimer Caplin and Sheldon Cohen

Amicus Briefs Supporting the Respondent regarding the Anti-Injunction Act

Brief for the Liberty University, Inc. et al.
Brief for the Cato Institute
Brief for the American Center for Law & Justice
Brief for Center for the Fair Administration of Taxes

http://go.bloomberg.com/health-care-supreme-court/2012-03-01/health-care-primary-sources-statutes-court-opinions-briefs/

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Response to grahamhgreen (Reply #70)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 08:57 PM

75. So you favor repealing guaranteed issue and community rating then.

Without the mandate, those get axed.

Need the mandate for them to work.

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #75)

Mon May 7, 2012, 10:27 PM

84. No necessarily, just means less profits

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 07:30 PM

73. Join the club already!

 

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 07:38 AM

76. I think Europeans are baffled by many things about America,

Not least of which is our health care system. A short anecdote: when I was in college, I spent my senior year (1999-2000) in the International Student Housing program, an on-campus dormitory that housed primarily foreign exchange students. U.S. students, however, could apply to live in this dorm. It was not the same as studying abroad, but it was close. One of my suitemates was Finnish; he was shocked to learn that I, being past the age where my parents' insurance would cover me, had absolutely zero medical insurance. True, I could go to the school infirmary and receive simple medical care (like if I caught a cold), but for any real problem, they would send me to the hospital where I would, of course, be required to pay. He found this simply unbelievable.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 09:05 AM

78. Republicans set the bar very low for Democrats

Something is still seriously wrong when half of our government is diametrically opposed to all forms of life, liberty, and happiness.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 03:06 PM

80. All this commentary will do

is motivate the con 5 that they need to thumb their noses at Europe and REALLY defeat it now.

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