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Belinfante Responds to Supreme Court's Healthcare Ruling

Last week, Sandy Springs' Josh Belinfante wrote a public letter to citizens in response the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act.

 

Josh Belinfante is a District 6 State Senate candidate.

The Supreme Court has rendered its decision. By one vote, it upheld the requirement that Americans purchase health insurance under Congress's power to tax.  As we have seen in other states and other countries, massive tax increases and burdensome regulations like those in Obamacare lead to fewer healthcare options and higher costs.  The decision will ultimately limit your choice of doctor, dentist, and hospital.  The cost of your health insurance will increase.  The United States as a whole will face $500 billion in tax increases.

Believing the law to be unconstitutional at the outset, I accepted the call to oppose it from Governor Perdue and, recently, from Attorney General Sam Olens.  As it turns out, the Court mostly agreed.  States cannot be compelled to dramatically expand their Medicaid programs, and the mandate was not authorized under the Commerce Clause. 

But make no mistake, this decision fundamentally alters the role of the federal government in our everyday lives; it undermines the limits of federalism that our founders held so dear. I strongly disagree with the Court's conclusion, but I respect our process. We must now focus on legislative and political solutions right here in Georgia.

Now more than ever, we need someone in the State Senate that not only understands this law, but also our state's Medicaid program and the $400 million deficit it faces.  The Court made clear that any decision by states to heed the siren call of expanding Medicaid as offered by the legislation will be saddled with the incredible burden that expansion imposes on taxpayers.  In this race, I alone have the experience, the background, and the determination to not only say "no" to the expansion, but also to be sure that Georgia lawmakers do not inadvertently do what the federal government now offers.

The time for choosing is upon us.  The stakes are as high as they have been in my lifetime.  I'm asking for your help to allow me to continue the fight against this legislation while also offering real, free-market healthcare policies that actually drive down costs and increase the number of covered individuals.  Please take a moment to consider the implications of today's decision and then contact our campaign. We need to be sure that Georgia does everything it can to minimize the impositions created by the President's legislation and the Court's decision. 

In our nation's capitol and under the Gold Dome, the cause continues.  The fight is not over.

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RamblinWreckDave July 02, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Wow, you've just lost my vote. Enough of the partisanship. Our current system is broken. If you're going to fight fixing it, do this with a better, specific solution, not just vague warnings about how the sky is falling.
c d field July 02, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Do you like broccoli
concerned July 02, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I agree with ramblin wreck. When will we have moderate politicians in Georgia who will work together to solve problems instead of scaring the voters.
Miles Rich July 02, 2012 at 07:09 PM
I am with RamblinWreck and Concerned. Belinfante is just another political hack, a frigging idiot to put it semi politely. He is not a member of the State Bar of Georgia so if he even studied the law, he was not able to pass the bar exam, and how can someone is who has not studied constitutional law make an intelligent statement as to whether a law is unconstitutional or not. But more concerning than that, is that the Republican party is interested in only two things, giving the spoils to the ultra rich benefactors like the Koch Brothers, and cowtowing to Evangelical Christians. Obamacare, what they like to call the Affordable Care Act, was a Republican idea, especially the Mandate. It was developed by the Heritage Foundation and endorsed by Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. Romney, as late as 2009, said it worked in Massachusetts and he hoped the Federal Government would adopt it. Then along came a Black Man with a Muslim name and he adopted it and suddenly, like it was unconstitutional. John Boehner called it government run healthcare on the Sunday news programs. Medicare is single payer insurance for our citizens over 65. Is that government run healthcare? And these same Republicans who call for its repeal claiming it will bust the budget are the same people who voted for the unfunded Medicare prescription benefit pushed by G.W. Bush. Sam Olens opposes it for one reason, he wants to be governor and is trying to prove he isn't the Jewish Liberal he was until 2008.
Jorge Frankenhoffer July 17, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Miles, Josh was accepted into the Georgia Bar in late 2003 after graduating Cum Laude form the UGA School of Law. He most certainly has the credentials to practice law in Georgia, and does it quite successfully. You are more than welcome to follow the link and see what a quick google search will yield: http://www.gabar.org/MemberSearchDetail.cfm?ID=MDQ3Mzk5 Because of this egregious misstatement in the third line, I hope no one else had to read the rambling debacle of the English language you presented afterwards. Have a good day. Oh, another quick google search yields this, which fits very well with your statement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hfYJsQAhl0

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