ACA, aka “Obamacare,” Gets Constitution Day Review
September 17, 2013 — Even though law since 2010, the nation’s healthcare policy still has people unaware of the new way it will be handled across the country.
The Affordable Care Act was the focus of a political panel discussion about the post-Obama Constitution. Click to watch.
Indiana University Northwest faculty and students celebrated today’s Constitution Day with a discussion about the Affordable Care Act.
Professor Emeritus Jim Lane shared his thoughts about the impact of the Constitution now, “The framers of the Constitution wanted it to be a living document rather than something that couldn’t change with the time.”
The panel was made up of two political science professors and fine arts student Todd McNeely, who shared his views about the First Amendment, “ ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment or religion or prohibiting free exercise thereof.’ I’d like to point out that the First Amendment reads that, ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting free exercise thereof.’ It seems like I just said the same thing. My message to those who are upset about providing services to women is, ‘Welcome to a secular America; pay your taxes.’ We don’t use religion as a barometer for public policy. It is wrong to use religion as a barometer for public policy. I am an atheist. I will not under any circumstances accept you using religion as a barometer for public policy.”
Professor Jean Poulard says the affordable health care law has brought mixed reviews, but he has heard that it will increase the price of health insurance, “Some other people argue that you will find fewer doctors. You will have much longer lines in emergency rooms and God knows what else.”
Marie Eisenstein asks, “Is it creating another welfare program? I would probably say, ‘No.’ Is there a benefit to making sure that people have access to affordable health care in that we try to do that through health insurance? Is Obama Care the best way to go about it? That is up for debate.”