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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Paul Rawlings: Universal Health Care

  • Why would Republicans repeal Obamacare which provides affordable health care and healthier, longer lives to 50 million Americans?
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  • Republican President Theodore Roosevelt and Republican Presidents and Republican politicians for over 100 years have supported universal health care.
     
    Republican Governor Romney with Republican support in 2006 signed into law “Romneycare” the first state universal health care plan.
     
    In 2012 President Obama a Democrat using Romneycare as a model sponsored and signed into law The Affordable Health Care Act, which became the first universal health care plan in America’s history which Republicans call “Obamacare.”
     
    Reversing 100 years of support for universal health care Republicans bitterly opposed and EVERY REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN voted against Obamacare.
     
    The Republican Presidential candidate Romney (father of Massachusetts Romneycare) in 2012 promised to repeal Obamacare if elected and lost the election by a large margin.  After Republicans suffered defeat in their bid to capture the White House THE REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED HOUSE HAS VOTED 42 TIMES TO REPEAL OBAMACARE and Republicans are spending millions of dollars attempting to repeal Obamacare
     
    “This law is going to destroy America and everything in America, and we need to stop it.” . Republican Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia on repealing Obamacare.
     
    Congressman Broun was the state of  Massachusetts destroyed after it’s Republican Governor Romney sponsored and adopted Romneycare in 2006? 
     
    Congressman Broun how many of the 25 countries who have adopted a universal health care plan were destroyed after they adopted such plan?
     
    “That’s why we are here:  Because we’re saying let’s repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens.  Let’s not do that.  Let’s love people.  Let’s care about people.  Let’s repeal it now why we can.”  Michele Bachmann Congresswoman from Minnesota on repealing Obamacare
     
    Congresswoman Bachmann would you please provide the number of women, children and senior citizens killed in Massachusetts since that state adopted Romneycare in 2006
    and would you please provide the number of women, children, and senior citizens killed in the 25 countries who have adopted a universal health care plan?
     
    Congresswoman Bachmann do you have a health care plan which will “love people” and “care about people?”
     
    “Obamacare is the most dangerous piece of legislation ever passed in Congress.” John Fleming Republican Congressman Louisiana
     
    Mr. Fleming historians list the following as the most dangerous legislation ever passed by Congress: the Embargo Act of 1807, The Indian Removal Act in 1830, The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, The Kansas Nebraska Act of 1854, The Sherman Silver Purchasing Act and The McKinley Tariff in 1890.
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    “I have a message for you: You’re going to die sooner ..when you restrict the ability of the primary care givers in this country to do what is best for their senior patients, what you are doing is limiting their life expectancy”  Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma
     
    Senator Coburn how many years did Romneycare shorten the lives of the people in Massachusetts and how many years were the lives of the people shortened who live in the 25 countries who have adopted a universal health care plan?
     
    “If Obamacare is ever implemented and enforced we will never recover from it.  It is an unconstitutional takings (sic) of God-given liberty.”  Steve King, Congressman from Iowa
     
    Congressman King did you overlook the Supreme Court Decision on June 28, 2012 holding Obamacare constitutional?
     
    Prior to Obamacare the U.S. was the only industrialized country in the world that did not have a universal health care plan.
     
    The health care cost in America before Obamacare was the highest of any nation in the world ($8,680.00 per person)— 17.9% of  GDP. 61% higher than the next highest nation. 
     
    Our Canadian neighbor, who has a universal health car plan, spends about half what the U.S spends on health care $4,445.00 per person 11.4% of GDP and Canadians have a life expectancy of 80.8 years.
     
    Americans’ life expectancy is 78.7 years 27th among the 34 member nations of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. 
     
    Before Obamacare thousands of Americans died each year because they did not have health insurance—48,000 in 2009
     
    Romneycare, provides 98.1% of all adults and 99.8% of all children in Massachusetts  health insurance compared to 83% nationally and 74% in Texas.
     
    Romneycare reduced health insurance premiums in Massachusetts as much as 40% and reduced premiums on average 18% to 20%, the number of businesses providing insurance for their employees increased from 60% to 70% and there was no tax increase.
     
    84% of the people in Massachusetts are happy with Romneycare and would not go back to the old system.
     
    After supporting universal health care FOR MORE THAN 100 YEARS why did Republicans become bitter opponents of universal health care?
     
    Why would Republicans Oppose Obamacare which is modeled after Romneycare a Republican sponsored state plan which has been successful for 7 years?
     
    Why would Republicans repeal Obamacare which provides affordable health care and healthier, longer lives to 50 million Americans?
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    Why is the health insurance industry spending millions of dollars to defeat Obamacare?  Could it be because under Romneycare premiums are lower and they are not making as much money?
     
    Could the amount of money the health care industry contributes to Republican candidates have anything to do with Republican opposition to Obamacare?
     
    (Paul Rawlings of Heber Springs contributes each week to the editorial pages of The Sun-Times)
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