Reading the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is no picnic. It takes hours of sitting on a hard library chair and pouring over page after page of documentation that is not easy to digest. However, as the most important piece of healthcare legislation in American history it is important to actually read the law. To give even greater clarity to the law, it is also important to read the Congressional Record and debate on the law before the law was passed.
“As a Department of Health and Human Services report shows, half of single young adults eligible for the Health Insurance Marketplace could get coverage for $50 a month or less -- or less than your cable bill,” the White House said. The truth of getting health insurance for an 18 year old American in perfect health for $50.00 per mouth may be possible. However for a man in his 60’s with pre-existing conditions it is another story. And there we have the heart of the matter.
The first Attorney General in the United States of America to file a lawsuit against the federal government over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli of Virginia. He filed the lawsuit because he found flaws in the law and did not believe the federal government’s claims about the actual cost of the law.
After reading the law several times the present writer found that for a family of three with a 65 year old father and 60 year old mother the cost of the law will, indeed, be very expensive. The law will be less expensive for the young and healthy. The United States of America federal government shutdown was about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, period.
In rereading the testimony and debate in the 111 Congress it is clear that the passionate debate for and against the law was being uttered on the floor of the United States House of Representatives long before the government was shutdown. The debate began when President Barack Obama enjoyed the highest approval ratings of any American president. The debate began long before the flaws were revealed in the healthcare marketplaces.
“Our health care, millions of Americans go without needed health care because they have no insurance. Some of these people work for small businesses and other employers that do not provide insurance. Some of them lost their insurance when they lost their jobs. Some of them were denied coverage by insurance companies because of pre-existing conditions. And some of them simply could not afford the escalating premiums. Even for people with health insurance, a devastating accident or illness can be very expensive. The cost of healthcare is the number one reason for bankruptcies in America,” said Congresswoman Maxine Waters on the floor of the United States House of Representatives on Sunday March 21, 2010.
Having read the full testimony of the United States House of Representatives for the 111th Congress, Second Session, there can be no doubt that the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was one of the most contentious laws ever passed by the Congress. However, it was not the most contentious. The debate over the emancipation of African-Americans by the Republican Party from slavery was also a very passionate and heated affair.
So why did Ken Cuccinelli lead the nation and fight so hard to stop the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? Well, in standing before the Attorney General and listening to his reasons for opposing the law it is clear that he believes the federal government is misleading the public about the law. “Just recently we found out that Obama Administration officials, including the President himself, knowingly misled the public when they said that American people would be able to keep their health coverage. I was the first Attorney General in the country to sue the federal government because I believe the law was unconstitutional and violated our first principles of individual freedom and limited government,” Cuccinelli said.
The notion of government employees lying to an American citizen is not new. President Richard
Nixon lied to the American people. Government workers have been caught in lies to the public before. Cuccinelli said that he believes in obeying the American laws; however, he feels that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is an unjust law. He is using his constitutional right to petition and oppose the law.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., also believed that the Segregation Laws of the South were unjust laws. He encouraged his followers to use non-violence to protest and change the laws. He won. The battle that Ken Cuccinelli started when he became the first Attorney General in the United States of America to sue the federal government over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was his right as an American citizen.
Any American citizen has the right to sue a government official and have them fired for lying. The problem is in proving that the official was lying. Cuccinelli has promised to do everything in his power to continue his fight against what he sees as an unjust and unfair law. After six hours of reading the law and testimony before it was passed near midnight on Christmas Eve 2009, there were many voices that predicted the turmoil and calamity to come. And the end is not in sight. Stay tuned as the battle rages. Examiner.com will be there to cover it.