Six Reasons Allen West Is Wrong About the Health-Care Law Being Useless

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A photograph of Allen West accepting government health insurance.
Congressman Allen West, along with anybody else up for election in November, is really ticked off about the U.S. Supreme Court's upholding the terrible progressive Marxist Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

West, however, is the only one calling it the "Patient Protection Unaffordable Tax Act (PPUTA)," which is a lazy acronym that is also pretty funny if you know Spanish. He tweeted Wednesday that it's a "tax law masquerading as a health care law," and a statement claims "the sad truth is this law does little to improve health care." In case you were thinking about believing him, here are six things PPACA does that improve health care that are, uh, improvements -- in case, you know, "poor people not dying from lack of care anymore" isn't good enough.

1. Insurers can't discriminate based on health status.
This one's different from the one that disallows coverage based on pre-existing conditions -- this prevents insurance companies from dropping you for things like acquired disabilities and actually requiring medical care instead of just paying premiums. Also no longer allowed: discrimination based on "evidence of insurability," which includes -- yes -- being denied coverage for prior domestic abuse. (Section 2703)

2. Poor people will have access to health care.
Already mentioned above, but it's important. If Florida wasn't gleefully opting out of the Medicaid provisions in the health-care law, Kaiser estimates an extra 683,000 Floridians would get insurance under the program -- and costs to the state would rise about 1.9 percent through 2019. Last week, Talking Points Memo found that the states that would see the greatest reductions in uninsured citizens were also the conservative states most likely to bail on the whole program. Is that not enough of a reason to like it? That sick people will get to go to the doctor? (Title II, Subtitle A)

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riverrat69
riverrat69

It will pay for your and every other teabaggers Thorazine.

riverrat69
riverrat69

You only speak the language of ignorance and stupidity. That's the only one you baggers know.

riverrat69
riverrat69

Yes, we hate black men. That's why we elected one you frightwong asshole. What we and everybody should hate are Kock Bros hypocrite teabaggers no matter what color they are.

Mitch Seizure
Mitch Seizure

The smarmy caption under West's portrait demonstrates two things about the lefty press:  You hate the military and you hate black men who escape your plantation.

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

Totally fair argument, though it bothers me a little bit to think that we as a country would be comfortable just letting people die. The point I was trying to make wasn't necessarily that Obamacare is sooo good, but that it clearly improves health care for a lot of people. In any case, thank you for weighing in with actual points instead of death threats. They're not very much fun.

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

Why is it amusing that I'm trying to be in the discussion? Doesn't seem fair to rile people up and then bail when they get mad. But you're wandering off from the conversation we were having -- the question is whether West is full of crap when he says PPACA doesn't improve health care, which I think it's abundantly clear he is. He's not peeling back the layers of anything -- he's lying.

Shootout at the Plantation...
Shootout at the Plantation...

There's no implication there, it's true...!! The truth shall set you free... I find it amusing that you're defending your biased hit article on Congressman West. Not many of your fellow "journalists" in the New Times publications reply to their own articles.  Political correctness has ruined our country in too many ways to list, it's refreshing to see someone in our Federal Government(West) take a stand and peel back the many layers of bullshit that we hear daily from our so-called "leaders" such as Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Biden, etc. The unions are what's killing our local governments(retirement package benefits, etc), look at how many cities are declaring bankruptcy because more than 50% of their budgets are spent supporting the union's payouts! The Federal Government should NOT be creating jobs... the deficit only grows by creating these jobs! It's the private sector that needs to create the jobs to get the economy rolling in the right direction again...

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

 Exactly Rich.  The tea baggers think that health care will be fixed by tort reform without actually knowing what a tort is.  What this tort reform they want does is PREVENT ANYONE from suing corporations, including medical, for anything they screw up or just want to do wrong. And everyones favorite right wing troll stepped right into it, disproving his own argument.

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

You know how to know if the criminal West is wrong about something?   His mouth is open.  Its almost ironic that those that are the most against health care are those who get it for free.

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

This is a common argument, and I think the undertones of it are pretty offensive -- it implies that poor people have been tricked into voting Democratic because they're too stupid to see that they're being "enslaved." The real failure of the government is not giving people food, it's overseeing the death of the American dream and labeling it "pro-jobs legislation." The buying power of the minimum wage has been on its way down for 40 years, education programs are being cut in red states all over the country, and executive pay has skyrocketed compared to money paid to workers. The corporate tax burden is falling, payroll taxes are up, and yokels like West are advocating for a flat tax because it's so unfair all those free-loading "employees" don't make enough to pay taxes while the rich folks have to. When West was growing up, yeah, you could graduate high school, get a job, and feed your family. That's not the case anymore, and nobody wants to fix it because jobs jobs jobby jobs. If you want people to "climb the ladder" on their own, as West says he does, then he can't let big business kick the rungs out from under workers' hands.

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

I can see your point about not wanting to pay for clods. Seems to be the biggest objection, and the one that's more philosophical than information-based -- just a case where people disagree fundamentally about who's supposed to be helping whom. As for the the single-payer business, it isn't in the health care law; even the (multiple-payer?) public option got killed. And if you want to be suing doctors, it's the right that's been pushing hardest for tort reform.

Shootout on the Plantation...
Shootout on the Plantation...

Congressman West is the only elected Representative out there who tells it like it is, he's not afraid to call a spade, a spade...!! The CBC and all the white Reps want to keep the poor and the middle class on the Democratic slave plantation, while the U.S. "Gubmint" keeps doling out the welfare payments, food stamps, low income housing and all the rest of the "freebies!" It's not free, people... All of you will pay the price in the end, it won't be pretty when you say, "What happened to our freedom, why are we rioting against our slave masters..."

Fqs9000
Fqs9000

I have experienced single payer government health care while I was in the Army.  They don't give a rat's ass, do as they please, and the patients be damned.  I want doctors I can sue if they screw up.  And I don't want to pay for care for some clod who can't be bothered to hold a job. All the rest is details. West is right as usual.

Fqs9000
Fqs9000

 Their are only three reason why ANYBODY is poor. 1.  They are lazy and haven't bothered to extend themselves to get the experience needed for a good income. 2.  They don't yet speak the language, are a child or are still in school.  These people will be well off soon. 3.  They have been recently unlucky.  They too will be well off soon. As for the lazy, free government clinics where they can sit until some mind numbed do gooder bothers to get around to them are all they need.  If they want more, then better yourself. If a man doesn't care what kind of health care he receives, then I agree with him.  He deserves the worst.

Fqs9000
Fqs9000

 The reason for tort reform is that it enriches only shysters.  The reason Democraps hate tort reform is because shysters pump their re-election coffers full of cash. Only Democraps can love shysters.

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