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We are hearing a great deal about how people across the country oppose this Affordable Health Care law.  Many of the progressive opponents are angry that President Obama and the Democrats did not fight harder for the Public Option.  They believe this law did not go far enough. While that is true, that is the short-term view. Republicans will only be able to destroy this important advancement in health care if we the people allow them to do so.  What many of these progressive opponents are not taking into consideration is that the President did the best he could given that he was not able to count on the full support of all Democrats, and that the Tea Party Republicans and the Republican leadership in Congress (particularly in the House of Reps) were 1,000 percent committed to shutting down the country if they had to, rather than allow Affordable Health Care Act to pass.  There was no concern for the health care needs of average American.  Bear in mind that the Republican leadership would rather shut down the govt and throw thousdands out of work (even temporarily) rather than have those making more than $5Million annually pay more in taxes! There were no compromises. Much credit should be given to the President for the valiant fight he waged.

It was better to start with what he had to fight so hard to get through the Congress than to wait until the Republicans were able to manipulate the entire system (including many segments of the commercial media) and end up with nothing.  The conservatives who oppose the law are now counting those progressives --who opposed the law because it did not go far enough-- among those who think the law is bad for America.  WRONG!  Read about what this AHCA really does and means from those who are in the health care delivery trenches. Don't listen to those who are bought and paid for to be spokespersons and pundits for the business industry. Start with the article linked below.

Health Care Barriers Are Now Political

By Robert Kraig June 30, 2012  (Robert Kraig executive director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin.)

"It was hyped as the decision of the century, even the next Dred Scott (which nationalized slavery) or Brown vs. Board of Education. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the biggest barriers we face in making the nation's health care system work for everyone are not legal but political.

The biggest challenge to making health care affordable and accessible for everyone is entrenched conservative opposition. Nowhere is this better exemplified than in Wisconsin where Gov. Scott Walker vowed before and after the Supreme Court decision not to take any steps to implement the health care law.

Now that the dust has settled from the historic court decision, we need to focus again on the problems health care reform was designed to address in the first place. If the Affordable Care Act is not implemented, we will continue to have a health insurance industry that immorally profits from discrimination. Nearly a million Wisconsinites have common medical conditions that will force them to face discrimination if they ever have to buy health insurance on their own or go to work for a small business.

If the Affordable Care Act is not implemented, we will continue to have no comprehensive response to rampaging health care hyperinflation. Health insurance costs have nearly doubled in Wisconsin over the past decade, robbing working families of control over their own medical decisions and the peace of mind of knowing health care will be there when they need it. 

More and more people without access to good insurance at work are falling through the cracks and facing discrimination at the hands of the health insurance industry. Escalating costs are also putting unsustainable stress on the employer-based health insurance system. For example, only a third of Wisconsin small businesses are now able to afford coverage.

Bridging the hyper-partisanship from conservatives that made the Supreme Court even seriously consider reversing over 70 years of legal precedent will be challenging. The problem is that conservatives keep moving the goal post on health care reform, making bipartisan cooperation nearly impossible. When it comes to many of the core features of the Affordable Care Act, conservatives were actually for them before they were against them.

The most contested element of the health care law - the requirement that all Americans take responsibility for obtaining health insurance, rather than relying on the rest of us to pay if they are in an accident or have a major illness - came originally from the conservative Heritage Foundation in the late 1980s, was at the center of leading conservative alternatives to the Clinton health care plan and was supported as a core principle by many congressional Republicans (as well as Mitt Romney) all the way up to 2008. Only when President Barack Obama embraced it did conservatives do an about-face and condemn the provision."  


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