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CLARIFICATION: I do not support Obamcare. I support single payer. Any time now we’ll find out what the Supreme Court thinks about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The only reason they’re even involved is because Republicans said that Obamacare is “unconstitutional” and challenged it in lower courts. Funny how the Supreme Court isn’t talking about the death panels that would pull the plug on grandma though, isn’t it? Remember people like Sarah Palin and Chuck Grassley lying their asses off to scare people shitless, especially seniors, about all that? Way back in 1989, the Heritage Foundation, a highly conservative right wing group, wrote a brief called “Assuring Affordable Health Care for All Americans” which included an individual mandate (sound familiar?) to counter the single-payer European style system the Democrats were working on. The Heritage Plan was introduced as legislation in 1993, sponsored by about 20 Republicans including Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and Bob Dole, who was Senate Minority Leader at the time. About 10 years later, Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, began building a proposal based on the individual mandate, and got the support of over eighty members of the Senate. In 2006, he unveiled the Healthy Americans Act. But as soon as a black man in the White House with a Muslim sounding name introduced it, it became as un-American as socialist apple pie. So now we have Obamacare, a Republican
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