There’s this really cool thing about our Constitution that says if the majority of both houses of Congress vote for a law, and then the President signs it, it becomes a law. And then, just to make sure Congress doesn’t accidentally pass any laws that are antithetical to other parts of the Constitution, we have a Supreme Court that is highly trained in reading, interpreting, and applying what the Constitution says. And that Supreme Court has the right to strike down anything they deem unconstitutional.
And that is exactly what happened with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The PPACA was passed into law according to the guidelines set down by the Constitution, and then it was ruled compatible with our Constitution by the Supreme Court of the United States.
So yes, I do have the right to purchase health insurance that is affordable, covers preventive care without co-pays, co-insurance, or deductibles, and is not contingent on my lack of preexisting conditions because the PPACA is a legitimate and Constitutionally sound law.
The key phrase here is “to purchase,” because prior to the PPACA, many individuals that were not covered by an employer’s group policy did not have the option to buy an individual plan, either due to preexisting conditions, a lack of availability in their area (or a lack of in-network doctors in their area), or the fact that individual policies are priced up to ten times higher than group policies. And even for individuals who could purchase insurance, most areas have one or two monopolizing insurance companies, which means that if that company chooses not to provide adequate preventive care coverage, no one has access to pay for the coverage they want. Before the PPACA, we did not have a “free-market” system of health insurance, regardless of what your conservative mouthpieces have told you.
The federal government (and state governments, to some extent) already exercise regulations on ~~~~PRivATe~~~~ businesses. Employers are not permitted to abuse their employees, and must provide safe work areas and regular breaks. Research and development firms cannot dump all manner of chemical or biological waste into the surrounding environment. Manufacturers cannot falsely advertise or mislabel their products. Producers of food and pharmaceutical products are subject to what are arguably the most rigorous and intensive government regulations of all. Federal regulation of business is commonplace, Constitutional, and exists to protect employees, consumers, and society at large.
And that is what the PPACA does. By mandating that insurance companies cannot discriminate against sick patients, cannot drop paying customers for becoming sick, and must provide affordable preventive care, the PPACA protects consumers of insurance policies from companies that would take their money and refuse them care. The PPACA also protects society at large because in the long run, people with access to preventive care are healthier and incur far fewer health care costs.
You claim that the PPACA “infringes on your rights” because you are allegedly paying for my health coverage- and you could not be more wrong. As I said before, every individual who holds a private insurance policy paid for it. We all pay (quite hefty) premiums in order to be guaranteed coverage in case we need health care services.
As for being angry about being “forced to buy insurance,” do you realize that besides being declared Constitutional by the Supreme Court, the individual mandate is not a groundbreaking new law that forces insurance coverage? You cannot drive a car without purchasing car insurance. If you do, you are subject to heavy fines or even jail.
So are you angry about the concept of insurance? Does your problem stem from the fact that insurance companies function by having customers pay premiums into a central “pot,” out of which claims are paid? If that’s the case, then I certainly hope you’re out there railing against car insurance, life insurance, homeowner’s insurance, and every other business that requires that people pay a fee to have their costs covered in the event of an accident or similarly bad occurrence.
And if you’re worried about being able to afford insurance, the PPACA has you covered. There are a number of tax credits for individuals buying their own insurance and for small businesses providing insurance to their employees that are designed to make healthcare affordable for everyone. Additionally, the PPACA expands Medicaid to cover more people who would not be able to afford insurance out-of-pocket, and has a minimum income cutoff for enforcing the tax penalties of the individual mandate. It isn’t a half-baked scheme that will leave some Americans out in the cold; this is a comprehensive overhaul that tackles issues within corporate insurance companies, reduces healthcare costs, expands coverage to more Americans, and ensures that the coverage that we have is adequate.
TL;DR: All aspects of the PPACA that you complained about have been ruled entirely Constitutional, so you have no room to complain about your imagined rights.
Hey, did you know that Obamacare is actually unconstitutional? Did you know that people in Congress vote for things all the time that are actually unconstitutional?And that the Constitution requires any tax bills to originate in the House, and Obamacare was deemed a tax in the Senate? That it was said Obamacare is NOT a tax, even though it really is? And Obamacare is a tax increase for the middle class, when Obama said that there would be NO tax increases on the middle class?
Clearly we didn’t have a free-market healthcare system before this went into effect. You’d have to be an idiot to think we did, and I’m relatively certain that no one says we did because even before, the government was heavily involved in healthcare.