Archive for March, 2012

  • Zero Hour for Obamacare

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    Today marks perhaps one of the most historic and important dates in the history of our government.

    The long-awaited Supreme Court case on the constitutionality of the insurance mandate contained within Obamacare – the one that forces every American citizen to purchase health insurance –has finally arrived.

    A well-known and publicized fact is that Obamacare, with all its whacky and unrealistic provisions, will now cost roughly $17 billion. As this number keeps rising, it may cost many times that number by the time it is fully implemented. From my perspective as a health care professional and small business entrepreneur, I have written extensively about the damage Obamacare is doing.

    Jay Carney doesn't want to talk about Obamacare

    The facts and fears of Obamacare seem to have no end as more and more people – and Members of Congress – become more familiar with “what’s in the bill”. Successful efforts by Republicans in the House of Representatives to repeal Obamacare, spurred on by Rep. Michele Bachmann, were DOA in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

    Since then, Obamacare has continued to attract more commentary and analysis from concerned professionals in the medical community. Medicare-aged citizens, young people tuning into their future and the general public have become concerned that Obamacare was a dreadful mistake. Public opinion polls now show a majority of Americans support the repeal of Obamacare.

    An overriding fear of many is that this monster of a bill represents the single largest power grab in the history of the U.S. It has implications for nearly every area of our lives – taxation, real estate ownership, small business, privacy, and our own health and well-being. As Obamacare continues to reveal its true nature, outrage grows over how this bill was forced upon all of us without Members of Congress even taking the time to read it.

    Politically speaking, even though the Supreme Court is evaluating only one aspect of Obamacare – the individual mandate – it is clear that the implications of this decision will have a greater impact on how our government operates in the future. A 5-4 decision striking down the mandate will give a green light to the GOP to again move to repeal the whole law. A GOP victory in November giving them control of both the House and Senate will pave the way.

    The men and women who will decide our fate

    On the other hand, other SCOTUS scenarios are being tossed around town. One has SCOTUS affirming the constitutionality of Obamacare by a 7-2 margin with conservatives on the bench finding some way to join with the liberals. I don’t believe this will happen, but if it does, it will mark the end of constitutional government. We will no longer enjoy a free society, as the government will have free reign to mandate upon the citizenry anything they felt was best for us. This would be a political, social and economic nightmare.

    What if Obamacare is affirmed by the Supreme Court, but by a narrower 5-4 margin? It would still lead to a dangerous outcome for the future of our country as a free society, but would raise the stakes even further for November’s presidential election.

    As Obama gets his reelection campaign in gear, its clear Obamacare isn’t an issue he’s anxious to run on. White House spokesman Jay Carney has gotten rather adept at dancing around the issue when pressed by reporters. Obama may be unsuccessful in handling Obamacare during this election season no matter how it turns out. If Obamacare is struck down, he loses. If it is affirmed, America loses.

    “This is the most important election of our lifetime” is a cliché we hear ad nauseam every four years. But with Obamacare and the unprecedented powers it confers upon our government at hand, this cliché has unfortunately become a sobering reality.

  • Time to rally around Romney

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    The race for the GOP nomination has been long, rocky, interesting and perhaps an exercise that will strengthen the campaign skills of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for the general election.

    But it clearly needs to end. The Gingrich and Santorum campaigns have now been reduced to juvenile games that only serve to weaken the GOP’s chances for victory in November. Both campaigns passed out Etch-a-Sketch toys at Romney’s event in Maryland – a desperate exercise in an attempt to revive their campaigns.

    Rep. Sean Duffy (WI), RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Sen. Ron Johnson (WI)

    It won’t work. Santorum is now 300 delegates behind Romney, and Gingrich doesn’t stand a chance at the nomination. In his attempt to capitalize on Romney’s “Etch-a-Sketch moment”, Santorum went so far as to imply that Obama would be a better choice over Romney in November.

    It would be wise for both Gingrich and Santorum to realize their chances at the nomination have vanished and get behind Romney as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and FreedomWorks’ Dick Armey have done. There’s too much at stake in this election – from the economy to repealing Obamacare – to let this campaign drag on and drag down the GOP in November.

    This week I attended an event for RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, who was celebrating his birthday. Priebus asked that I continue my fundraising efforts to unseat Obama as well as speaking out about how Obamacare is wrecking our once great health care system.

    Happy to oblige.