- Posted June 28, 2012 by
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The Cornfield Standings - The Main Contenders - Special Edition
Usually I put out The Cornfield Standings on Monday. However, in light of the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act and declaring the individual mandate a tax all Americans may be subject to pay if they don't have healthcare insurance, I have been pushed to declare my support for presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romeny.
The choice was between President Barack Obama, the incumbent Democrat, and Romney who are vied to answer the question, "Who's Running to Be My President".
I now see Romney as the last chance to overhaul the Affordable Care Act and to rid the country of the individual mandate tax. This bill is a monstrosity as written. It needs to be dissected and keep only those provisions which are truly beneficial to the American people.
Here are my thoughts on today's ruling:
Did the court make the right decision?
I do not agree with the Court's ruling, I do, however, understand how the Court arrived at that ruling under the Taxing Clause. As such the premise on which the ACA was sold to the American people was built on a falsehood...that the individual mandate was not a tax and would not increase costs. But costs have already risen and more are scheduled to rise.
Are you surprised by the decision?
I was quite surprised by the ruling. I definitely expected the Court to deem the individual mandate unconstitutional, which it did under the Commerce Clause, but constitutional as a tax under the Taxing Clause.
How does it affect you personally?
My out-of-pocket costs for healthcare after Medicare pays has already increased. My prescription costs rose from $2-$4 per prescription last year to $4-$16 this year. In 2013 and 2014 my Medicare premiums will increse. My out-of-pocket costs will increase as providers will receive less reimbursement leaving me to pay the balance.
How do you think it will impact the election?
I see this ruling galvanizing conservatives and independents to make sure that an Administration will take office in 2013 that will repeal the individual mandate and work on true reform of healthcare.
You can see more of my thoughts in relation to today's ruling here:
The decision has pushed me to the point of calling it a certitude that I am supporting Romney for President to end this individual mandate tax and real reform of healthcare.
That said, here are the current standings:
Romney - My Choice:
4 Ears of Corn
Romney, 4 ears of corn in hopes he will rein in the things wrong with the Affordable Care Act including the individual mandate tax. Romney still needs to be much more commanding on peripheral issues such as reaching out more to Hispanics, GOP leaning GLBT members, and moving more to the center. Romney needs to be firm about distractions, be resolute in dismissing sideshows. As now the de facto leader of the Republican Party, Romney needs to rein in those high profile individuals to stay on message: the economy, jobs and the unsustainable debt. While he should not put muzzles on anyone nor expect all or anyone to all be on the same page as to his policies, shiny object distractions need to be hidden away not to see daylight.
Obama - No Longer A Choice
1/2 Ear of Corn
President Barack Obama stays at 1/2 ear of corn simply because he can change my mind, though doubtful, between now and election day. As I have stated each week, the only way I can say a 2nd term for the President is if there are Republican majorities in Congress to provide adequate checks and balances. The President has once more been found to have mislead the American people by claiming that the Affordable Care Act would not raise taxes nor would it raise costs. Today's ruling declares he did in fact raise taxes with the individual mandate. My personal experience shows costs have increased and will continue to go up.
From the Cornfield, that's The Cornfield Standings for this 28th of June.
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