Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | August 19, 2012

August 20, 2012 Host Kathleen Marshall Talks With Democratic Central Committee Chair, Linda Atkins, and Republican Central Committee Member Rose Welsh About The Affordable Care Act; Part 1

Democrat Linda Atkins and Republican Rose Welsh Square Off on The Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010.  Shortly after that  several states filed  legal suits challenging the law, particularly the individual mandate provision, as unconstitutional.  Later a total of 26 states joined forces in an organized, collective legal challenge.  A little over two years later, in an unusually long hearing (six versus the typical one hour), held from March 26 – 28, 2012, the cases, the National Federation of Independent Business vs. Sebelius  and Florida vs The United States Department of Health and Human Services, were heard by the Supreme Court of the United States.  On June 28, 2012 the Supreme Court, in a vote of 5 to 4, declared the Affordable Care Act constitutional.  One might think that would be the end of the issue as the United States  Supreme Court is considered the final arbiter of legality or constitutionality for the nation, but conservative Republicans are hard at work to overturn the law, hoping to change the nation’s political balance of power in the 2012 elections.

Linda Atkins, 2nd Ward Eureka City Council member and newly elected Chair of the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee, and Rose Welsh, Fifth District Representative to the Republican Central Committee join host Kathleen Marshall to represent their party positions on The Affordable Care Act and its impacts on Women.  Both were asked the same questions and given a brief opportunity to rebut the others’ arguments.

This first segment starts with a pop quiz.  Do you know what the most commonly used name is for The Affordable Care Act?  Do you know how many Americans are uninsured today?  What did President Obama say upon signing the bill?  How many House Republicans voted in favor of the law?  Linda and Rose take on these questions and start their discussion on the benefits, in one’s perspective, or the costs, in the others’ perspective, of The Affordable Care Act’s impact on women.

The conversation continues next week in Part 2.

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