Monday, July 02, 2012

Affordable health care and the GOP's rampant moral failures, Part Three: Sandra Fluke.

It is a place to begin to join the civilized world. Right, Mittster?

Why Obamacare is worth fighting for against Mitt Romney's repeal threat; Now the supreme court has affirmed the Affordable Care Act's constitutionality, we need to show how this law will save lives, by Sandra Fluke (

... Governor Romney's objection to this law is hypocrisy at its worst – especially since he enacted a very similar health reform measure in Massachusetts. But for Romney, that's not really the point. For him, this is about politics. And that's where he and our president couldn't be farther apart.

In addressing our country following this historic ruling, President Obama reminded us that this law and his decision to fight to enact it was never about politics. Popular or not, it was about a belief that "here in America – in the wealthiest nation on Earth – no illness or accident should lead to any family's financial ruin."

Here in America, in 2010 – the same year the law was enacted – 26,000 people between the ages of 25 and 64 died prematurely because they didn't have health insurance. That's tens of thousands of American lives that might have been saved if a law like the Affordable Care Act had been in place earlier.

As President Obama has acknowledged, this law isn't perfect and we should work to improve it where needed. But repealing it would take our country, our economy, and the financial security of millions of Americans in a dangerous direction. It would quite literally put lives on the line.

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