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Tue Apr 3, 2012, 02:22 PM

Wake the fuck up! WH:Individual mandate conceived of by the Heritage Foundation (VIDEO) [View all]

Simply watch the first question and White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest's blunt reply. It starts at about the 50 second mark. Transcript is below. This is from last week's press briefing at the White House. Here is a link to the same video at the White House website.

Transcript from the White House website:
Q Sure. Josh, there's been a lot of focus on the health care arguments before the Supreme Court the last few days. Is the administration concerned that the entire health care law may be in jeopardy, and, more specifically, the individual mandate portion of the law?

MR. EARNEST: Ken, I can tell you that the administration remains confident that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. One of the reasons for that is because the individual provision -- individual responsibility provision that you cite was originally a Republican idea.

This is a novel, policy solution that was conceived of by the Heritage Foundation, was promoted by conservative Republicans in Washington D.C. as a solution to difficult health care challenges, and it was an idea that was put forward as the central part of the plan that was advanced by the Republican governor of Massachusetts, who put in place his own health care reform proposal. So the Affordable Care Act is a bipartisan plan, and it's one that we believe is constitutional.

How big a pair of index fingers do some of you have to jam them in your ears on this issue? I've seen posters here who have been a lot kinder in their attempts to inform you all on this matter, excoriated viciously for their efforts. I say fuck that noise. When somebody takes the time to write an OP giving you all the background on individual mandate and all some people seem to basically respond with is "So you want the PPACA ("Obamacare" to be ruled unconstitutional and for people to die?" it's embarrassing beyond belief. Especially for this site.

Wake the fuck up. If you have snookered yourself into believing the individual mandate is a good thing, that this pastiche of deals-with-the-devil named the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a salvation or a stepping stone to a salvation of some sort you're being played for a chump.

It's a bit of good medicine wrapped in a poison pill. And what bits of the PPACA are good are going to be slowly stripped out by bought legislators from both parties until there's nothing left but the shackle of the individual mandate.

Like you needed to be told that. Like somehow you couldn't fucking guess that. Apparently not.

The individual mandate is not your cause. It's not Obama's cause. It's a bad decision and a bad deal President Obama made in a tough situation. You are not required to unquestioningly bleat out praise for something that the President himself will acknowledge was the biggest fuckup of his presidency when he inevitably writes a book about the whole ordeal after he leaves office. The President has gone on record many times acknowledging that he rankled many progressive members of his own party to make this shitty deal. None of this is a secret except, possibly, to the grossly uninformed.

When the Supreme Court likely strikes down the mandate here's something else you should know:The difference between Single Payer and the Public Option:
Single-payer is a complete government-run health insurance system under which everyone is covered, e.g., Canada’s system. The "public option" is a single federal insurance plan that would compete with private insurance companies.

It's an election year. You can either sit around moping when the Supreme Court shits all over your precious Heritage Foundation, Repuke, Corporatist solution that the President didn't want anyway or you can do what you can to support REAL FUCKING OPTIONS.

Your choice.


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