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MARCH 5, 2012 2:31PM

Greens to Supremes - Kill Obamacare

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 The Green Party urges the Supreme Court to strike down the Affordable Care Act's health insurance mandates, sees a chance for Medicare For All


For Immediate Release:
Monday, March 5, 2012

Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614,
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805,

Green Party Speakers Bureau: Green leaders available to speak on health care

WASHINGTON, DC -- Candidates and leaders of the Green Party of the United States expressed hope that the Supreme Court will strike down the 'individual mandate' section of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) when the court issues a ruling on its constitutionality in late March.

Greens, who support single-payer national health care (Medicare For All), have called the passage of the ACA in 2010 a defeat for meaningful health care reform.

"A Supreme Court decision gutting the ACA's individual insurance mandate can bring us closer to real universal health care, because we already know that Social Security and Medicare are constitutional. Medicare For All is based on the same model as these successful programs," said Mayor David Doonan (Green) of Greenwich, New York.

Green Party members participated in protests and civil disobedience in 2009 when Democratic Party leaders held health care reform roundtables that included industry representatives and excluded single-payer advocates, particularly when Senate Financial Committee chair Max Baucus (D-Mont.) declared single-payer "off the table" and President Obama negotiated away the public option in backroom meetings with lobbyists (

"America needs real universal health care, not a direct public subsidy in the form of a health insurance mandate to sustain the private insurance industry," said Barry Hermanson, Green candidate for Congress in California's 12th District (San Francisco) ( "President Obama and Democrats in Congress could have introduced a Medicare For All bill, which would cover every American and drastically reduce medical costs by removing insurance companies from control over our health care. Instead they acted in the interests of insurance and other corporate lobbies. Even with the mandate, the ACA leaves 23 million Americans without coverage and many millions more with inadequate health care."

Greens strongly oppose proposals by Republicans to make Medicare a voucher program, which would privatize and dismantle Medicare. Greens also criticize Democrats for offering cuts to benefits and physician reimbursements as a compromise for higher taxes on the extremely wealthy.

"Democrats continue to defend the ACA, including mandates, because they want a political victory for President Obama in this election year. In the Green Party, we consider health care for every American and relief for people facing financial ruin over medical costs more important. Democrats pilfered the mandate idea from Republicans who introduced it in the 1990s, even though Republicans now oppose it," said Carol Brouillet, Green candidate for California's 18th District (

"Health insurance mandates cannot be compared to the requirement that every car owner purchase car insurance. Driving a car is a privilege for people with drivers' licenses. Health care is not a privilege. It's a necessity for the basic right of Americans to stay alive, to be able to enjoy life and make a living," said Ms. Brouillet.

Medicare For All would cover every American regardless of employment, ability to pay, age, or prior medical condition and which would provide everyone with high-quality low-cost medical treatment and full choice of health-care provider. Decisions about medical treatment would be made by physicians and patients instead of insurance bureaucrats.

Medicare For All would boost the US economy by abolishing the financial burden on businesses to provide health care benefits for employees. Americans would pay for Medicare For All in the same way we pay for Social Security, but we would pay far less because the high cost of private insurance (for executive salaries and bonuses, profit margins, and other overhead) would be eliminated. Private insurance pads health costs up to 30% in administrative overhead, compared to 3% for Medicare. The profit motive is an incentive for insurance companies to restrict or deny needed medical treatment.

Green Party leaders sharply criticized Democratic and Republican legislators in California who defeated the recent statewide single-payer bill.

"California is a sterling example of the huge Titanic Parties playing games with our health. When Republican Schwarzenegger was governor, the Democratic legislature passed single payer twice, knowing it would be vetoed. When Democrat Jerry Brown was elected, it was predicted that the legislature would not pass the bill, and sure enough, they have not. Jerry Brown refused to take a stand on Medicare for All, and the Democratic legislature is leaving him alone. They're also leaving us alone, with terrible health care," said Laura Wells, 2010 Green candidate for Governor of California (

The Green Party speaks for a majority of Americans on health care reform: 64% of Americans believe that government should provide a national health insurance program for all Americans, even if this would require higher taxes, according to a 2007 CNN poll (

"Americans already recognize that everyone deserves the right of personal health and safety. That's why we have public police and fire departments, without requiring insurance for the services they provide. We recognize that people have a right not to spend their final years in destitution. That's why we have Social Security. The demand for national health care is based on the same principle. It's time to recognize health care as a human right, instead of a cash cow for corporate middle-men and major shareholders," said Natale "Lino" Stracuzzi, DC Statehood Green Party candidate for the District of Columbia's nonvoting seat in the US House (

See also:

"Fifty Medical Doctors for Single Payer Urge Supreme Court to Strike Down Individual Mandate"
Single Payer Action, Feb. 14, 2012

"Seeking Coverage For All"
By John R. Battista and Justine McCabe (Connecticut Green Party),
Hartford Courant, October 31 2006

"Hijacked -- Stolen health care reform V: Overall assessment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA)"
By John Geyman MD, July 22, 2010, Physicians for a National Health Program

"Obama's Health Care Bill Is Enough to Make You Sick"
By Chris Hedges, Truthdig, July 11,2010

Insurance industry contributions to political campaigns in recent elections
The Center for Responsive Politics








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Obamacare is so wrong.
B, Bob Dole's healthcare plan, now known as Obamacare, sets the precedent of forcing individuals, simply by being b0rn, to buy private insurance. Even the most feeble of corporate Republicans know this is unconstitutional.
Greens and healthcare... as far as I know Universal Health Care has been part of Green Party platforms since 1990 when we first began to appear on the ballot as a recognized political party. UHC is a fundamental part of the four pillars and is regarded by Greens as a basic human right.
J, healthcare is a human right and is accepted as such by most civilized nations. Even Obama, at his most mealy mouthed said that healthcare "should be a human right". Whatever that means, other than simple political cover for his helping to deny a human right to the American people.
Lotsa luck. And if only.
M, will have to see just how corporate the Supremes are. If this country is to be truly ruled by the coporate 1%, SCOTUS will claim the Obamacare mandates are constitutional. If there is any hope, the Supremes will shoot Obamacare down in flames.
One thing to remember is that Obamacare is the most regressive of taxes. Add to that the fact the tax money is going to private hands rather than the government and anyone who supports Obama's plan to sell insurance policies should check out their fundamental values.
Political idiots like you crack me up! It's not about whether or not it works, it's about me being able to claim a landmark political victory! That is what allows me to continue to do the good work I do. Ask anyone in my cult if this is not the greatest triumph in decades!

Facts are for fools. Political reality is for geniuses like me and for my followers who know to "just believe" despite any facts presented to them. You must have blind faith! Even if not perfect now, Obamacare will one day work its magic and the insurance companies will open their hearts and wallets to serve the greater good. Don't you feel better believing that??
P, you are such a disappointment to those who were fooled by you from the start.
You're about to be fooled again!
The mandate is constitutional based on commerce clause precedence, but that doesn't make it a good idea (or mean the Federalist 5 won't reverse their own CC rulings). Of those who oppose the ACA, 2/3rds didn't think it went far enough, those being part of the American majority that wanted Medicare for all.
When this starts biting Obama's ass in a few months, recall Team Obama's chiding the majority over their unreasonable demands for single payer. The public hasn't fallen in line like they ass/u/med when they passed it.
That's what the New Democrats get for being corporate lickspittles.
T, for the moment I believe the Greens have more negotiating power.
P, the commerce clause doesn't fly for a lot of folks on this one. Has to be one of the biggest political buys ever.
P, as far as I read it, the commerce clause when used to force a citizen to pay a tax to a private company for the simple fact of being born, is a fantasy. I'm not going to argue this one in comments, but there you have it. Laws are being bent far beyond their strength.
P, whatever you say. I suggest you read my previous comment.
Absolutely. I've been a bit unhappy with Physicians for a National Health Program (which I joined in 1988) for their refusal to demand the repeal of Obamacare.
Dr S, it's a simple mouse trap. The bait is covering those who weren't previously covered, the trap is the transfer of wealth to private insurers. The enemy is the for-profit health system and Obamacare only makes it stronger.
Dr S, it's a simple mouse trap. The bait is covering those who weren't previously covered, the trap is the transfer of wealth to private insurers. The enemy is the for-profit health system and Obamacare only makes it stronger.