Paul Begala has been a Democratic operative of some variety and now writes a politics column for Newsweek magazine. In the April 9, 2012 issue he dumps in an interesting fact in a column which argues that "the Founding Fathers lived in the real world, not the rarefied world of bloodless abstractions preferred by the court's right-wing majority." Begala might better have used "factless mythology" than "abstractions".
But here is the fact. A woman named Mary Brown, who was a small businesswoman, filed the initial lawsuit asserting her right not to buy health insurance which has turned into a case for the SCOTUS as Karen Harned, of the NFIB legal center, said two years ago when NFIB filed the lawsuit on Brown's behalf. But, Brown is no longer named as a plaintiff.
Why drop Mary Brown from the suit? Well she got very sick. The bills rolled in. Without health insurance, she went bankrupt. She had to shutdown her auto-repair shop. She stiffed her doctors and hospital leaving her uncovered bills for those of us who pick up the tab for the parasites who generate uncompensated care bills. Begala says that such freeriders or freeloaders tack on about $1,017 per year to your health insurance costs if you are responsible and do your best to cover your own health care by buying health insurance.
Showing his disconnect from the real world, Justice Alito (Who collects about $213,000 each year from taxpayers) said, A thousand bucks a year "is a very small part of what the mandate is doing". There are two obvious problems with that. For many of us, making a $1000 gift each year to freeloaders is a big aggravation added to the fact we pay the most in the world for less than the best medical system. The other problem with that statement is that the mandate is not doing anything. It has not happened yet. The court is meddling in a premptive war against the middle class as misplaced and arrogantly ignorant as another premptive war that sent our military on a fool's errand chasing non-existent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Read Begala's original article to increase your blood pressure a bit more. A similar perspective is available at Truthdig.com by Editor Robert Scheer March 29, 20112
Scheer's column was also in the Rapid City Journal snail mail version Tuesday April 3, 2012 Opinion page A5.
As indicated by both these columns, we and Barack Obama would have been better off with the Medicare for all option pushed months ago by George McGovern. McGovern has more foresight than a couple hundred Repubican retrogressives spewing mythology.
** Stay tuned, but don't try to use as a tax deduction $1,027 of your health insurance premiums as a donation to the poor--- Doug Wiken