Swat them down

Like the annoying insects they are! By all means, the feds should simply take over. You can’t let Republicans get away with simply ignoring the law — if you do, it just emboldens them:

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act shifts the focus from whether sweeping changes to the health insurance market should take place to a scramble to meet the law’s rapidly approaching deadlines.

A number of largely Republican-led states that gambled on delay now face the unsettling prospect that the federal government could take over their responsibilities, particularly in setting up the health insurance marketplaces known as exchanges, where people will be able to choose among policies for their coverage.

Under the law, which the court upheld in its entirety by a 5-to-4 vote, individuals must be able to buy insurance coverage through the new state exchanges by Jan. 1, 2014. But a more immediate deadline is less than six months away, on Jan. 1, 2013, when states must demonstrate to the Department of Health and Human Services that the exchanges will be operational the next year.

If they do not, the secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, “shall establish and operate” the exchanges for the states, according to the statute, a prospect that Republican governors like Rick Scott of Florida, Rick Perry of Texas and Scott Walker of Wisconsin would presumably find anathema.

Mr. Walker quickly raised the risk by announcing that, in spite of the ruling, he would continue to delay any imposition of the law while waiting to see whether Republicans took control of the White House or Congress in November. Republicans on Capitol Hill, and the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, have vowed to repeal the entire law if they gain power.

“Wisconsin will not take any action to implement Obamacare,” Mr. Walker said in a statement. “I am hopeful that political changes in Washington, D.C., later this year ultimately end the implementation of this law at the federal level.”

I wonder what all those nice Midwesterners who thought it was mean to recall Scott Walker will think of their governor simply making up his own rules.

5 thoughts on “Swat them down

  1. Wisconsin has no one but itself to blame. Maybe now those border collies who drive to the Twin Cities everyday to work will decide they might be better off living in the state that provides them both the economic opportunity AND health care options that their state does not. Of course, it would be hard to give up the Packers….

  2. Maybe, KidRanger, maybe. But what about the 15-20% the federal government has now guarunteed to the health care industry in profits. And all those federal taxpayer subsidies that the health insurance industry will now get from the federal government to assist low income people to afford health insurance? The Republicans (Walker) are diverting the eyes of the public away from the real issues. The things that will make the 1% richer and the 99% poorer and more dependent.

  3. That’s weird: did you say the same when Obama decided to make up his own rules while ignoring the law, such as his latest change regarding illegal aliens?

    Can’t wait to hear you lefties whine when you realize that all those taxes will also apply to you.

  4. Um, Mr. Teach………Will you please explain to me how young kids who crossed the border with their parents without “papers”, enrolled in public education institutions and did well, or served in our military risking life and limb should be called “illegal aliens”???

    Have you any morality in your soul? Why shouldn’t they be allowed to stay here since this is the only country they know and love? You sound like a fringe righty. Oh, and btw, the taxes to which you refer will be for idiots like you who refuse to purchase health coverage for themselves.

  5. William Teach, the problem isn’t paying “all those taxes.” It’s paying all those taxes to fund a for-profit health care system which allows giant health care corporations to make hugh profits. Taking care of the sick, the poor, and the lame should be a non-profit non-business.

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