Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the off and on again rainy, cool, raw island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this twenty-sixth day of June, 2015, a very damp & chilly one out on the Hyannis/Hyannis Port Waterfront(s), as the little sand bar created 11,500 years ago by the Last Great Ice Age ’steadies’ itself for yet another busy week end filled with visitors from all around the world. People from China, Brazil, Germany, Argentina, New Jersey, we got ‘em all! So why not plan a vacation to this once in a life time place? A destination where ‘the old world shadows hang heavy in the air’; a spot that haunts back to the days of ‘yore when our pal Paul Revere was “a ridin’ all over town, shootin’ his guns off like a wild man, lightin’ those ‘ole oil lamps up and warnin’ US all the British are comin’, the British are comin’ the British are a comin’ by gosh by golly! Your darn tootin’! Or was it the other way around? Either way, ‘dat Paul Revere was a real American, not like that bum we have in the White House. You know that “commie” President Barack Obama, who will be a one term president with your help America!” (credit the comic stylings of half Governor of the great state of Alaska and former candidate to become the Vice President of the United States of America, Ms. Sarah, “ooh, don’t give me that guff’, Palin. A very “busy” woman as of late, for she will be performing on a national stage once again with all the other clowns in this unfortunate political 2016 presidential election process currently underway…a real life circus coming to your town soon!).
As we all know by now President Barack Obama did get elected to that second term, thank God, and yesterday was handed the second confirmation that his signature health care initiative, the “Affordable Care Act”, signed into LAW in 2010, will survive at least until the end of said term. Indeed Chief Justice John Roberts of the Supreme Court of the United States–”SCOTUS”–proved he was not all bad when he held up a new challenge to the law, a weak challenge to a typo really, claiming the law did not explicitly state that those citizens not living in a state not having a “independent state insurance exchange” were not eligible for the Federal subsidies implicitly implied when the law was first written in 2009. Millions of people would have been thrown off the program and thus, the high court decided in a 6-3 decision to uphold the integrity of the law as written, allowing for those insured people to continue to receive the federal assistance by way of federal subsidies regardless of the state they reside in, even if that state does not have a ’state insurance exchange’ set up.
This was a huge win for this fine president, who has brought forth to fruition the vision Senator Teddy Kennedy, as pictured above. Affordable health care for every day Americans was the will of the Last Lion of the Senate, stating many times on the Senate floor that, “…health care is a right, not a privilege,” (as many in the GOP would have you believe).
But perhaps the real reason the health care law was upheld by this nation’s highest court of law revolved around the insurance industry, as cynical as that may sound. Insurance giants, powerful corporate force in this nation, have, over the course of these first few years of this much needed law (with much improvement to come, fingers crossed!), come around to the notion that this Affordable Health Care law may actually be good for business in the long run, for it has opened up markets that here to for were unavailable due to undesirable risk pools, complications with state taxes, the interaction with the individual state insurance laws, etcetera.
Regardless of the reasoning behind Chief Justice Roberts decision on this one (as opposed to the wrong call in the “Citizens United v. Federal Exchange Commission case that same year of the ACA in 2010; “wrong, the opposite of right!”), the president should consider celebrating when he comes to Martha’s Vineyard this summer. His work has saved countless lives and brought this country at least close to on par with every other advanced and progressive economy on the face of the planet. After all, is this not the very definition of ‘what you do to the least of us’? Making someone’s life breathe a little easier? I imagine–although it would never be”reported” on FOX “news”–a few in this ‘not your grand father’s GOP’ are breathing that sigh of relief right about now. Knowing that some in their respective districts are getting their wish fulfilled. A modest wish that includes health care for not only themselves, but for their children. Defenseless kids who, in this day and age of GMO filled crap (80% of food at your local market has some nugget of ‘the GMO’ in it; causing health problems world wide), are fatter and sicker than ever. We need to take care of OUR people; not some billionaire and their bloody unholy profits!
Have a great week end folks and may this country be blessed by a higher power than Comcast!
PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M