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Supreme Court made bad ruling

After the United States Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold most of President Barack Obama’s health care law he told Americans that nothing would change for people who like their health coverage except it will become more affordable, but the facts do not back up that statement.

Unless the ruling is appealed the government will impose new taxes on Americans to finance the coverage, under the law people will be required to buy health insurance or be forced to pay a penalty and employers with more than 50 workers will be forced to provide health insurance for their employees or face a penalty.

Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative nominated to the court by former President George Bush voted with the court’s liberal wing. “It is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who choose to go without health insurance,” he wrote for the majority. “Such is within Congress’ power to tax.”

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke about the harm that will come from the Health care law. He says that up to 20 million Americans will lose the insurance they have now that they want to keep. Nothing in the law guarantees that people happy with their present policies can keep them. There is also no guarantee that coverage will become cheaper.

Romney has also said that the new law could cut Medicare by $500 billion and would raise taxes by the same amount. He also said that Obamacare would add trillions of dollars to our deficits and to our national debt. The Congressional Budget Office said the new health care law would reduce the deficit over the next ten years but acknowledged that their projections are “quite uncertain.”

Obama has said that nearly 13 million Americans will receive rebates from their insurance company by August, but the truth is that some Americans could get small rebate checks but not nearly as many as the president said.

Congressional Republicans who voted against the Affordable Care Act in 2010 vowed to do all they can to kill it. The House of Representatives is expected to vote this week to repeal the bill and it should pass. However, it could fail in the Senate where Democrats are in the majority.

House Speaker John Boehner said that he and his colleagues and many Americans feel that the law is hurting the economy, driving up the cost of health care and making it more difficult for employers to hire new workers.

Three conservative justices who usually are Roberts’ allies, along with swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy, said that the tax powers reasoning gave Congress too much benefit of the doubt.

Voting for the law were Justices Roberts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer. Voting against the law were Justices Antonion Scalia, Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas.

As many Americans as possible needs to have health insurance but Obamacare is not what this country needs. Just to mention one small part of the plan that bothers me is the fact that we are paying for abortions, which is no problem if the mother’s life is in danger or the baby is terribly deformed. Otherwise, abortion is the taking of a human life.

Rev. Aaron McCollough wrote in a recent Pastoral Nugget that America is a nation that was founded on Christian values. In God We Trust is our National Motto. We have outlawed praying in our public schools. We have legalized murdering unborn babies. We have embraced homosexuality while disregarding traditional marriage. May we all say Amen Brother Aaron.

 
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