Point/Counter Point: Health care act remains a hot topic

By Dr. Ed Hollilday/The Rev. James Hull

Point: Ed Holliday

Mississippi politicians are now weighing their options after the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare. U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee told me that it’s not Congress, the president, or the Supreme Court who will decide the fate of Obamacare. He said it will be decided by the American people Nov. 6. U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker told me the election will determine whether America becomes a European-styled socialist country. Chief Justice John Roberts said the Supreme Court won’t make policy because that was left to elected leaders who can be voted out of office. He continued, “It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”
It is right and necessary that “we the people” dismiss politicians who make bad laws. The healthcare law is poison and polls show that the majority of Americans do not want to swallow it. Why? It will destroy the healthcare delivery system of today (which needs improvements) and replace it with fewer doctors, long lines, and medicine delivered by committees. How many doctors can afford to run their business models with just Medicaid reimbursements? Many will stop taking patients with Medicaid and Medicare now and those patients will find themselves scurrying to look for new doctors and waiting months for treatment. The poor will be hurt the most.
But more disaster is coming to an America soon reaching $17 trillion dollars in debt. Obamacare is putting cement shoes on businesses. Today’s lackluster economy is being hampered by the uncertainty looming with this law that sucks away jobs like a vampire sucks blood from its victims; 2,700 pages of law and Nancy Pelosi said they had to pass it to know what was in it. Reading it is like going through a haunted mansion never knowing what will scare the heebie-jeebies out of you next.
This healthcare law affects everyone in Tupelo and the rest of America. The upcoming election is not about the personalities of Mitt or Barack, or the color of either candidate’s skin. America has come upon a fork in the road. America can choose capitalism or socialism. There’s no middle ground.
Dr. Ed Holliday is a Tupelo dentist who has written two successful books. Contact him at ed@teaparty.ms.

Counterpoint – James Hull
First of all, the legislation is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The reason that – as Dr. Holiday claims – “the majority of Americans don’t want to swallow it,” is because it has been so demonized and vilified, the merits of the bill have never gotten out. The most demonizing tactic has been to refer to the bill as “Obamacare.” I guess you could call it “devilcare,” or “evilcare,” but not as many people hate the devil as do President Obama.
Barack Obama is the president of the United States, he should be respected and recognized as president of the United States. This type of contempt and disrespect comes from people who call themselves patriots and constitutionalists, and have based their political tenets and precepts on patriotism and the Constitution.
So, let me get this straight, they are avowed patriots and defenders of the Constitution, except when it comes to recognizing and respecting the country’s constitutionally elected president?
Now to the PPAACA: It is interesting to note that here in Mississippi, the duly elected Republican Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, is moving forward with plans to implement those portions of the Act which affect Mississippians, including the insurance exchanges. According to Commissioner Chaney to do otherwise would be foolish and reckless, and it would endanger the lives and health of hundreds of thousands of Mississippians.
No piece of legislation is perfect, but The Affordable Care Act has some good parts:
• Children’s ability to stay longer on their parents’ insurance plans;
• Providing access to insurance for those with pre-existing conditions;
• Expanding coverage for early retirees;
• Providing tax credits to small businesses.
To deny these policies would help Mississippians is not only foolish, it is mean-spirited.
Two more quick points:
• First, I guess, also, it’s okay to believe in the autonomy of the Supreme Court, as long as it rules in your favor, right?
• And second, don’t blame President Obama for the concept of individual mandates. That idea came from – wait for it – Mitt Romney.
James Hull is an award-wining journalist and a political consultant. You may contact him at hullmultimediams@aol.com.