What makes the right's assault on the mandate so disingenuous is that virtually everyone in America -- from "Tea Party" adherents to supporters of Single Payer -- agrees that no one should be denied health care when they need it.
Health care repeal efforts are being pursued in both the Congress and in the courts. But are repeal proponents really standing up for consumers or are they actually standing up for the health insurance industry?
After the Virginia Court's health care ruling, the thing to keep in mind is that this is just one judge's opinion. Others have gone the other way. We are a long way from knowing if, and how, the new act will ultimately be implemented.
The Republicans will say and do anything to help their rich friends. In the world of post-shame politics, they're the poster children -- they just don't seem to care how extreme and unconscionable their hypocrisy is.
"They're going to kill you, Wendell," a former CIGNA colleague warned in an email after reading a couple chapters of my book on health insurance company practices. "If I were you, I wouldn't get anywhere near a cliff."
This is not the hope America voted for in the fall of 2008. Now another election is upon us. On Tuesday, voters can choose candidates capitalizing on bitterness, or they can return to hope and provide time for change to play out.
In 1928, the Republicans promised Hoover's victory would assure the prosperity of "a chicken in every pot." This week, the GOP proffered a similar pledge to America: instead of a "chicken in every pot" they're pledging a salmonella-poisoned egg.
Today, the Affordable Care Act is six months old. Big deal, you say. What has it done for me? You may be surprised. Here's what you need to know in case a pollster calls, or if you have a loved one who gets sick.