I voted for health care reform not because I thought it was the best we could do, but because I thought it was a whole lot better than the current system. But in my mind, passing that law is far from "mission accomplished."
Now that health reform is law, everyone seems to be asking the next logical question: What does this mean for me? Let's focus on a couple areas where misconceptions continue to abound: the Exchanges and the individual mandate.
The founding fathers adopted the first "individual mandate" back in 1792. It required individuals to outfit themselves with guns and ammunition, even if they had to buy those items from private sellers.
Republican rhetoric feeds into an extensive and well-funded network of right wing groups that stand ready to push anti-mandate ballot initiatives that will go into overdrive upon passage of the health care bill.
Not long ago, the most prominent supporters of the public option were touting it as essential for health care reform. Now, suddenly, it's incidental; its supporters are no longer principled -- they're pernicious.
The good news is that under all the hullabaloo of the public option fight and the horrendous Stupak amendment, there is actually a lot of good things that are pretty well-settled assuming a bill gets passed.
Populism is not so much a political stance (as "conservatism" is, for instance) as it is a political tactic. Meaning it can be used equally well by either side of our current American political divide.
The Supreme Court could change electoral politics as we know it in America today by perverting the Constitution to bar the people and their elected representatives from limiting corporate political spending.
Some experts say that the federal government does not have the power to require people to buy an insurance policy. But the proposals in the current legislation actually fall well within the demands of our Constitution.