CNN News Video: Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Muhammad Yunus, Wants To Bring Cheap Bangladesh Health Care System to United States

The following CNN news video is about an idea to make the U.S. health care system affordable. This is something that Obamacare quite clearly neglected. And no honest person can dispute that. This clip aired on the Erin Burnett Out Front TV show. It was added to the CNN website on June 20, 2013.

The person who came up with this idea is no random person off of the street. He is Muhammad Yunus, a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Yunus says that Bangladesh has managed to provide basic health care to all citizens for $3 per year. In his New York Cíty project, that converts to $10 per week, which is about $520 per year.

Bangladesh is already providing basic health services to all of its citizens. The doctors and other staff supplement this amount with additional services, such as insurance and diagnostics services.

Think about that. Freaking Bangladesh has managed to provide basic health care to its people. Yet the US, the supposed leader of the free world, can’t do it? I guess “free” means if you are poor to middle class in America, you are free from basic, affordable health care. If you are rich, I suppose it doesn’t matter. But how many people are actually cash rich in America? That is a small percentage. Everyone else needs to demand a better system.

That is not to say that this Bangladesh idea is a cure-all. I believe it is not, as more advanced procedures that go beyond basic health care still need to be supported. But as one idea to at least provide the basics, it sounds like it has potential. The biggest point here is Yunus is working on the concept of making health care AFFORDABLE. Obamacare not only failed to fix that. Many think it is about to drive up costs through the roof.

Click here to see the CNN video with Muhammad Yunus, who talks about implementing the Bangladesh health care system in the United States.

NBC TV The Tonight Show Video: Hilarious Jay Leno Obamacare “Health Care PSA” Skit For June 29, 2012

The following NBC video is from The Tonight Show (Jay Leno show). It is a short but hilarious skit that aired on June 29, 2012. It is called “Health Care PSA.”

The motivation for the skit comes from the Thursday decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the Obamacare health-care law.

This skit is a mock public-service announcement (PSA) for Obamacare. It starts out by saying that the law will help senior citizens do important medical tests and will help children get medical care, noting that the cost will be spread among all Americans.

It then shows a fat guy running head first into a sign and injuring himself. The narrator says that, because of Obamacare, we also have to take care of idiots like that, too.

This is the type of comedy that is so funny because it is actually true. Americans will now be supporting dumb people doing dumb things to get themselves hurt. Funny but sad at the same time.

CNN Politics and Entertainment News Video – Funny Jay Leno Spoof of Obama Dancing to LMFAO Tune Over Obamacare Ruling

The following CNN political and entertainment news video is from the Morning Express show. It aired on June 29, 2012. This is about a Jay Leno spoof of President Obama dancing to an LMFAO song over the U.S. Supreme Court Obamacare decision.

The Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) by a 5-4 decision on June 28, 2012.

This funny spoof shows Obama moonwalking and getting some other moves on in front of the podium where he delivers speeches. Of course, it wasn’t the real thing. They just superimposed his head on the body of someone doing the dancing moves.

There is also a funny clip of Stephen Colbert making fun of Obama and Chief Justice John Roberts after the Leno spoof is played.

CNN Live News Video – Senate Reacting To Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold Obamacare and Individual Mandate

On June 28, 2012, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the entire Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) law is constitutional. Even the individual insurance mandate was  upheld as a proper tax under the Constitution. That mandate was considered unconstitutional by many people because it appeared to use the Commerce Clause as the authority to either require the purchase of health insurance or pay a penalty.

But Chief Justice John Roberts, who actually turned out to be the swing voter instead of Justice Kennedy, basically said that the mandate was valid because Obamacare could be interpreted as being a proper exercise of the Tax and Spend Clause.

Click HERE to follow the remarks of Senators Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, and others. They are responding to the Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision.

Legal Analysis of Supreme Court Obamacare Decision: Why Is The Insurance Individual Mandate Unconstitutional?

Update: CNN jumped the gun and said the individual mandate was ruled unconstitutional. After looking at it again, they realized that the entire Obamacare law was upheld by the Supreme Court. The Court basically said that, despite the muddy language in the Affordable Care Act, Congress could require individuals to purchase health insurance as a tax.

 

On June 28, 2012, the United States Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited decision on Obamacare. The Court said that the individual insurance mandate is unconstitutional. The following is a very general, watered-down legal analysis to make it as simple as possible for people without a law degree to understand. I will only be providing an analysis of the insurance mandate here, which is the part of Obamacare (the Affordable Care For Americans Act) that required all individuals to buy health insurance.

For starters, you need to understand the basics of the Commerce Clause. In short, it allows Congress to pass laws dealing with interstate commerce. The federal government has limited powers over U.S. citizens, with the states having all other power. So Congress uses the Commerce Clause as one source of its legal authority to pass legislation.

In the case of Obamacare, Congress and President Obama relied on the Commerce Clause as its source of legal authority to create the insurance mandate.

Congress CAN regulate insurance in general through the Commerce Clause because it DOES substantially affect interstate commerce. This cannot be denied, and Obama is correct to this extent.

The problem is the way the insurance mandate seeks to use the Commerce Clause. It is unprecedented in the respect that it requires citizens to buy medical insurance even if they don’t want it and choose not to use it. In essence, just by being alive, Obamacare seeks to force you to buy something. This has never been done by the federal government except through the imposition of normal taxes.

Obama tried to argue that the insurance mandate is a tax, not a “fine.” But it clearly is a fine under the language of the Affordable Care Act. Thus, the insurance mandate is a novel concept in that it requires you to be a customer of something even if you choose not to be a customer. The Supreme Court has now ruled that the Obamacare insurance mandate is unconstitutional.

Many people have tried to compare the Obamacare insurance mandate to things like car insurance. This is completely different because you ARE CHOOSING to drive on the public roads. Having made that choice, the government can require you to do buy insurance to help pay for accidents. These concepts are admittedly close to each other but clearly different at the same time. Once you choose to avail yourself of the public roads, then the government can require you to do what is reasonably necessary to maintain that public service.

The Obama administration does have a decent argument. It goes along the lines that everyone eventually gets sick and has to use medical services. But this ignores many facts. First of all, some people do die before ever going to the hospital. Second, some people only visit private doctors and pay with cash if they do go.

There is a way to force all citizens to contribute to medical care. The way to do that is through taxes, not a fine. These are not just semantics. For example, if a person makes a million dollars a year, he contributes a different amount to FICA tax than a citizen who makes only $25,000 per year. That is how taxes work, and the U.S. Congress and the President can do that all day long every day if they choose to have a tax-based mandatory system. But the difference is people who make no money would generally not pay or pay a small amount. And people who make a lot of money could pay more.

So the “power source” that Congress uses to pass a law is often the difference in it being constitutional and unconstitutional. In this case, Obamacare was poorly crafted legislation that used the Commerce Clause – the wrong power source. So the insurance mandate is unconstitutional.

If President Obama wants to reform health care with these kinds of Mickey Mouse plans, then he needs legislation that uses the Tax and Spend Clause. That will likely make it a constitutional exercise of U.S. Congressional power.

CNN News Video – Funny Obamacare Street Questions With Bill Santiago

The following CNN health news video includes reporter Randi Kaye and comedian Bill Santiago. It aired on June 24, 2012.

Bill Santiago goes out on the streets of New York City to ask people their opinion on Obamacare. Most people don’t seem to even be aware of the insurance mandate, which requires people to either buy health insurance or pay a fine at the same time they submit their yearly taxes.

This is like the Jay Leno segments from the Tonight Show. Only, this frankly wasn’t nearly as funny as Leno because the topic doesn’t really lend itself much to comedy.

The Supreme Court is deciding whether the insurance mandate is constitutional on some unannounced date in June. With only a few days left, look for that Obamacare decision in the coming week. A poll of lawyers familiar with the Supreme Court gave the consensus opinion that the insurance mandate will be declared unconstitutional.

On a side note, Bill Santiago’s singing voice almost made me jump out of my 6th story apartment window. As for Obamacare, the insurance mandate should be declared unconstitutional. And without that, the rest of the bill is not realistic from a financial standpoint.

MSNBC Video: When Will The Obamacare Supreme Court Decision Be Made?

The so-called Obamacare health care plan is currently under Supreme Court review. The first main question deals with the constitutionality of the personal mandate that requires citizens to purchase medical insurance or pay a fine. The second issue is one of severability. In other words, if the personal mandate is unconstitutional, is the rest of the entire Obamacare act invalidated or still intact?

According to the MSNBC news video posted below, the Supreme Court will make its Obamacare decision as early as next week. That is the week starting Monday, June 11, 2012.

Supreme Court appellate attorney Patricia Ann Millett provides commentary on this video.

The absolute deadline for the Supreme Court’s Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) is June 28th, so we can’t say for certain when the Court will render and publish its decision.

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U.S. Supreme Court Obamacare Oral Arguments Audio Tape Recordings

Normally, the U.S. Supreme Court records oral arguments made before it and releases those recordings on its own website. You can see the link below to access audio recording of Supreme Court oral arguments.

The typical rule is to have a week of arguments and then post the recordings online after Friday Supreme Court conferences. Thus, you often have to wait a few days to hear oral arguments on a particular case. Before 2010, you had to wait until an entire term was over and until the beginning of the next term to get the audio recordings.

Due to the heightened public interest in Obamacare (the healthcare law signed by President Barack Obama that includes a mandatory health-insurance provision even for individual citizens), the U.S. Supreme Court is breaking with normal tradition and posting the audio recordings of the Obamacare oral arguments on the same day.

The Obamacare arguments are March 26th to the 28th of 2012.

Go to the SupremeCourt.gov link below to find the most recent oral arguments of cases appearing before the Court.

History:

The Court started recording oral arguments in 1955. The National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) keeps a record of all recordings. However, you can download and save all recent oral arguments from the page below if you want to save them for future reference without dealing with NARA requests.

Update:

Check this C-Span link for the March 27 oral arguments on the individual insurance mandate. The Supreme Court keeps removing the previous day’s arguments.

Check this YouTube video that someone uploaded for the March 26, 2012 oral arguments, which dealt with the Anti-Injunction Act.

Sources:

United States Supreme Court Argument Audio Page