In response to Mr. Brasfield - a few corrections to his comments and conclusions -
1. The $24 billion relative to the 30 million to be insured under the ACA. He states "That $24,000,000,000 would have bought health care for every uninsured American for a decade." He only missed it by a factor of - well lets just say he missed it by a wide margin. Actually, $24 billion would provide health insurance for 30 million people for about 5 weeks!!
2. On the $24 billion of GDP "Just total waste never to be recovered. " Incorrect. The annualized GDP for CY Q4 will be impacted by $24 billion according to S&P. However, much of this amount results from deferred spending and is expected to be made up in the first two quarters in CY 2014. So think for the most part, deferred not lost.
re: Mr Bishop -
A nice rendition of Media Matters - good cut in paste, but original thought, no.
Let me focus on just one point, conservatives urging intervention in Syria -
"Lawmakers urging the administration to take greater action include New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez, the Democrat who leads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Michigan Democratic Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee; and Representative Ed Royce, the California Republican who heads the House Foreign Affairs Committee. " (Bloomburg April 2013)
Hardly conservative only, but then including Democrats in your conservative rant kind of destroys your premise.
The other points are similarly intellectually challenged. Ignoring actions by your opponent is not the same as the opponents offering no options. To progressives there are only "no options" because progressive ears are not connected to the brain, only progressive mouths seem to work in that manner.
Progressives only hear what they agree with and ignore all else.
"...even though if you plan to operate a car, you must first have a driver's license, then are required to procure insurance, and register the vehicle. Or, if you ride a motorcycle or bicycle, you're required to wear a helmet. Even your pet schnauzer needs rabies shots and a license, so don't say the government never mandates a purchase."
Some things to consider.
1- If I operate a car I need insurance, If I do not, I don't. Further, I only need liability insurance which protects others. Protection of myself is optional. If I need to buy insurance to cover my car, it is the lien holder that requires that, not the government. If I paid cash for my car, covering it is my choice.
2- I do not need to own a helmet unless I own a motorcycle or bicycle. It is in the same league as a mandate however as it protects self, not others. Should never have been passed and two wrongs do not make a right.
3. I do not need to purchase rabies shots unless I won a pet.
The mandate obligates me to purchase something solely because I draw a breath which is materially different from driving a car or getting my pet a rabies shot. With regards to auto insurance, I am also free to buy the type of insurance that fits my needs and my rate will reflect my driving record. All drivers do not pay the same amount for insurance - if I use auto insurance less than my neighbor because I drive better, my rate will reflect that fact -- not true with the mandate.
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