June 2012 Roundup: The Affordable Care Act and Other Trivial Matters

by Shawanda Greene

Health care in the United States is ridiculously expensive.

Oh, and despite what you heard, it’s not the best in the world. (Although, if you’re diagnosed with cancer, the United States is probably where you want to be.)

So, it looks like the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. I don’t know about you, but I’m glad.

The legislation isn’t perfect, but at least we have a foundation to build upon. For now, people with pre-existing conditions don’t have to worry about being denied coverage. Although I think if you can afford health insurance, but refuse to buy it, your assets should stand good for the debts you incur if you fall ill.

Hopefully, instead of repealing the entire bill, Republicans will enact laws that would discourage “risk takers” from waiting until they’re sick to buy health insurance.

If Republicans are sincere about creating laws that make health care more accessible to Americans, they’ll focus their energy on lowering its cost. Additionally, they’ll repeal laws that’d require a woman to undergo a medically unnecessary procedure because she chooses to exercise a constitutional right. Y’all know what I’m getting at.

There’s been a lot of talk of tyranny lately. I’m not sure why. I’ve always seen the individual mandate as a tax.

“But I don’t want to be forced to pay for something I don’t need.” No one is forcing you to do anything. Don’t buy health insurance, and pay the tax. Don’t want to pay the tax? Then, buy health insurance. See how that works?

It’s not cool that I have to pay more taxes because I don’t have a mortgage or a kid. But if you have a mortgage or a child, all things being equal, your tax bill is lower. That’s not fair either. Such is life. I’ll take my lumps; you take yours.

Is there anything else to talk about besides the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act?

Well, there are a few things.

Image of the Month

Congratulations to our country for being mere decades behind other developed countries

Gif of the Month

“When I go to kill a bug but then it starts flying . . . “


Peculiar Search Phrases

1. Whats the most ghetto name shaquana
Hardly. Shaniqua is much ghettoer.

2. How can I save money if I want to drink alcohol
Grasshopper, you’ve come to the right place.

3. Can I cosign a student loan if I have a huge debt?
Even if you can, please don’t.

4. Feeling of taking off a bra
That feeling is called bliss.

5. Buy a new car or run it into the ground

Run it into the ground.

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Michelle July 1, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Amen! Totally agree.


Holly@Clubthrifty.com July 2, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I totally agree. It’s not perfect but it’s a step in the right direction.

Good post!
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Kathleen @ Frugal Portland July 2, 2012 at 2:08 PM

The argument is completely bogus. I pay tax, but don’t have school-aged kids… so I’m not using that! I don’t often go to the library either, but how else will those stay open if not for state income tax? Oh, I guess you could do sales tax, but don’t tell my state that.
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femmefrugality July 2, 2012 at 2:16 PM

I agree. As a matter of fact, as I understand it, there is no one forcing you to pay the tax even if you don’t have health insurance. Yes, they mandate you do it, but the bill has no real consequences written in if you don’t. So there ya go. I think it’s fair that people that own houses and have kids have lower taxes. With houses, you’re paying a real estate tax every year on your property and keeping part of the economy going. With kids, you have more mouths to feed and less money coming in to feed them. They’re both personal choices, but I think every tax we do or don’t pay is a personal choice.
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