The Price of Inaction

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Speaker of the House John Boehner steps up to the podium during a press conference on the Supreme Court's ruling on Affordable Care Act on June 28, 2012. (Getty)

The Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act seems like a win for the uninsured, but according to the Congressional Budget Office, over three million people could wind up uninsured because of the ruling.

Those people will find themselves at the mercy of the less talked-about part of the ruling: Not the upholding of the individual mandate, but the overturning of the clause that forces states to add people to Medicaid rolls.

Meanwhile, a monumental vote will occur in the Senate today regarding the country's tax structure... at least, it would be monumental if anything was actually going to be decided. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich says the lead-up to the election is as much about inaction as anything else — and that the American people could end up shouldering the burden.

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Brad Mielke


Todd Zwillich

Comments [2]


Sometimes, the absolute cluelessly partisan "Takeaway" webpage producers just make me laugh out loud.

Leading headline, "The Price of Inaction." Check.

Photo of a grim-faced John Boehner. Check.

Quote from Harry Reid, assailing Republicans. Check.

Not a word, of course, about the news of Senate Majority Leader Reid's laughable avoidance of the question as to why Democrats never addressed what they wanted to do about taxes when they had the absolute majority to raise taxes as much as they might have wanted. There was video. Reid took questions, avoided the question, and finally said, "Next question," rather than answer it.

Democrats want to raise taxes and expand government, but they don't want to do it on their own. They want to force Republicans to join them, because Democrats know that what they really want is political poison for them in November.

Jul. 25 2012 12:24 PM

Where was Rep. Carolyn McCarthy during the Fast and Furious scandal and did she walk out in protest of the AG being held in contempt of Congress? Does politics sometimes override principles for even single issue politicians?

Jul. 25 2012 08:23 AM

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