Posted by: maboulette | September 18, 2011


This is a wonderful ad, and yes, every Republican candidate should have to answer her question.

It’s worth noting that the Affordable Care Act is already helping people. Like this couple in Iowa:

Daniels has also thought about what would have happened if portions of the new federal health care law had not been in place. His wife’s insurance had a million dollar lifetime cap on benefits. Her current expenses have already exceeded that. One medication — a potent antifungal agent — costs $1,600 a dose. Without the protection against lifetime limits the new law provides, they would have had to declare bankruptcy.

That law, derisively dubbed “Obamacare” by the president’s opponents, has been portrayed as the essence of evil among Republican presidential candidates. At a tea party-sponsored debate this week, front-runners Rick Perry and Mitt Romney vowed to sign executive orders exempting states from enforcing it. Michele Bachmann bragged of working for its repeal in Congress.

Those attitudes confound Daniels, who says, “It is hard for us to believe that so many of the GOP candidates would have us go back to a time where an illness like this would have forced us, or any other family for that matter, into bankruptcy.” He’s also grateful for the law’s protection against insurance companies denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.

Read that whole article, because it has a great back and forth between Daniels and Ryan Rhodes, the local tea party chairman. But watch the ad first.

I’ll wait to hear what Republicans have to say about it.


  1. I am not a member of the Republican party, but I do vote Republican. I cannot answer for the party or for everyone, but I think (from what we know so far) that the bad outweighs the good on the health care act. With all services, there will be the problem of limited resources and how they are distributed. Who decides who gets medical care and whose services, drugs, and procedures are paid for and whose are not? The Health Care Act doesn’t take effect until 2014, so I am not certain how that has taken effect already, but there could be a clause I don’t know about. It hasn’t covered anyone in my family.

    The assumption above is that if the government health care act stays in place, no one will be allowed to just die without care. Unfortunately, that will not be the case. It isn’t the case now and it certainly will not be the case two years from now. There are always limited resources and either some one or some system must decide how they are to be allocated.

  2. Compare your example to how many other people will not get care and die because government healthcare will be rationed. I know you don’t want to believe it, but it will, it has too. There are no free rides in life my dear and Obamacare can not work

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