On Tuesday, Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann said that God will repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), thereby answering the prayers of many conservative Christians.
During an interview with the Family Talk host James Dobson, also the founder of Focus on the Family, Rep. Bachmann said, “I think the President will ultimately be forced to repudiate his own signature piece of legislation, because the American people will demand it, and I think before his second term is over, we’re going to see a miracle before our eyes. I believe God is going to answer our prayers, and we’ll be freed from the yoke of Obamacare.”
Bachmann also noted, right before making this remark, that the House or Representatives has voted 37 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Yes, for the 37th time, the House has voted to repeal the P.P.A.C.A., and almost every time it has gone through the House. However, Bachmann also said, “We have two more steps,” meaning that the Senate also has to vote to repeal the act, and then they either need the President’s signature, which President Obama has repeatedly said that he would never repeal his own signature legislation even if it did somehow get to his desk, or a two-thirds majority in both houses overriding a presidential veto.
Assuming this actually does happen, that the Affordable Care Act is somehow repealed (which would never happen in the current makeup of the Congress), why was God choose to spend His time repealing a piece of legislation and not helping those being struck by tornadoes across the Midwest?
Were the prayers of Michele Bachmann and other Republicans in Congress louder or more faithful? Were they in more dire of a need than those who were praying while waiting for an F5 tornado to rip through their towns, destroying their homes and killing their family?
She immediately went on to say, “We serve a mighty God, and I believe it can happen.”
A “mighty God” that cares more about you winning points with your constituents than about His children dying.
This is the kind of arrogance that many Christians have. When God does something good for them, He’s blessing them. When God does something terrible, like sending a tornado through an elementary school, He’s testing us, or we could have been more faithful or prayed harder. They think God’s will is exactly that of their own, and if it doesn’t line up perfectly, well I guess “God works in mysterious ways,” like letting children die.
You can listen to Dobson’s interview with Bachmann here.
With the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), saying that the individual mandate is constitutional because of the federal government’s taxing ability, Republicans are saying that the President Obama and Democrats have broken their promise to not raise taxes on the middle class. Democrats have responded with, basically, “We’re doing the same thing Mitt Romney did.”
The Congressional Budget Office says that the individual mandate, which again was proposed by Republicans as an alternative to the much preferred public option, is estimated as affecting a little more than one percent of the entire US population, which is those who can buy healthcare but refuse to, in which case they will be fined for it. According to the Washington Post, “When the individual mandate is fully phased-in, those who can afford coverage — which is defined as insurance costing less than 8 percent of their annual income — but choose to forgo it will have to pay either $695 or 2.5 percent of the annual income, whichever is greater.”
In a 2009 op-ed for the for USA Today, Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney wrote, “Our experience also demonstrates that getting every citizen insured doesn’t have to break the bank. First, we established incentives for those who were uninsured to buy insurance. Using tax penalties, as we did, or tax credits, as others have proposed, encourages ‘free riders’ to take responsibility for themselves rather than pass their medical costs on to others. This doesn’t cost the government a single dollar.” Mitt Romney, the Republican Presidential Candidate, was at the forefront of the idea for an individual mandate.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said during an interview on Meet The Press, “The penalty is on people who have the wherewithal but refuse to buy health insurance, figuring they won’t be sick and if they do, other people will have to cover it. So these free riders — as they were identified by Governor Romney himself, he said that people who have the ability to pay and don’t can’t expect to be free riders. And I think he had it exactly right.”
However, we would not even be fighting over the individual mandate the Republicans hate so much if Republicans had not proposed it and done away with the public option supported by President Obama, and we would not be fighting over people having to pay penalties for not having health insurance if we had a single-payer system where everyone was guaranteed healthcare. That would be socialism though, and we can’t have that. I don’t even know what that is, but Sean Hannity tells me that it’s bad.
Republicans keep spreading lies and misinformation about the Affordable Care Act, because they know that is the only way to get rid of it. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told Fox News that the Supreme Court has “unearthed the massive deception that was practiced by the president and the Democrats, constantly denying that it was a tax.” They denied it being a tax, because it is not a tax. It is a penalty. Even their own presidential candidate once said that, but of course Mitt Romney will flip-flop and say something else in order to beat President Obama come the Fall.