From Mock, Paper Scissors – And I agree.
‘In the latest freak out over the strong possibility that the Supreme Court will legalize gay marriage countrywide soon, Michigan’s Republican bigot coalition of lawmakers is trying to preemptively undermine the ruling by changing their laws to still prevent gay people from marrying – presumably while sticking their tongues out at the Supreme Court as well’.
‘In an insane bill inspired by the state’s number one homophobic politician, RNC chairman Dave Agema, and introduced to the state Legislature by his colleagues’,
‘ALL marriages, ALL marriages…….’
‘Would have to be ordained by religious leaders in order to be recognized by the state’.
‘And Agema and friends don’t want to put too fine a point on it but they also introduced a companion bill that would protect clergymen and women from being forced to perform gay marriages’.
‘Do you see the desperate strategy’?
‘Every couple in Michigan will be forced to be married by a member of the clergy’,
‘But the clergy can refuse to marry them if they disagree with their lifestyle’.
‘And there is no legal recourse to force the clergy to do differently’.
‘All the power will be in the hands of unelected, unchecked religious leaders who will now have the authority to decide who does and doesn’t “deserve” to be married in Michigan’.
Jeb Bush : ‘When Obamacare took effect, Florida had the second highest uninsured rate in the country, and Bush has yet to prove how he would help those in his home state who lose their subsidies’.
Ted Cruz : ‘Cruz has argued that Americans need an alternative that would lower costs, opening insurance markets across state lines could actually lead to higher premiums, among other issues’.
Scott Walker : ‘Instead of offering up his own alternative, Walker has said he will leave it to Washington to come up with a fix’.
Chris Christie : ‘Christie opted not to set up an exchange in his state, so more than 172,000 New Jersey residents would lose their subsidies. But while he has said that “Obamacare is a failure, it’s always been a failure and it will not succeed,” he has also been unable to propose an alternative. While the high court’s decision is imminent, Christie recently said he needs more time to think on the issue’.
Rand Paul : ‘ When pressed in the interview to explain why he’d want to revert to the old American system in which many more people were uninsured, Paul suggested that there is always charity’.
Marco Rubio : ‘ People would be provided refundable tax credits to buy insurance to solve the short-term dilemma of millions of people living without insurance’.
‘He has not detailed how the tax credits would be structured and uniform credits would reduce subsidies for low-income Americans’.
Ben Carson: ‘The former neurosurgeon penned an op-ed in 2013 in which he called for health savings accounts to replace the health care law’.
‘In reality, though, health savings accounts are likely to increase the number of uninsured and increase health care costs while costing taxpayers billions of dollars’.
Bobby Jindal: ‘Louisiana also failed to set up an exchange and is facing an impending healthcare disaster. As many as 250,000 Louisianans could lose their coverage’.
‘But Jindal has maintained that “When the subsidies go away, the individual mandate goes away, the employer mandate goes away. That’s a great thing. That’s a tax cut.”
‘Jindal’s plan would involve throwing out the health care law entirely and eliminating the individual mandate while starting a $100 billion federal grant to states to subsidize premiums for low-income people’.
‘Democrats have said his plan, like other Republicans’, would result in millions of Americans being uninsured’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/election/2015/06/21/3670944/republican-obamacare-alternatives/