The Health Care Decision
Supreme Court upholds health care law: No more free riders and insurance companies can't rip us off.
Define the decision: The most conservative Supreme Court in history just upheld the health care law as constitutional.
Focus on people: This is a victory for American families. It means lower costs, more coverage, and insurance companies can't rip us off anymore. It's the law.
Affirm Constitution: Health care costs are a national crisis. The Court affirmed that our Constitution empowers our elected leaders to create national solutions.
Affirm the law: They affirmed that the "individual mandate" is a constitutional free rider fee that you don't pay if you already have health insurance. The Court agreed that the rest of us shouldn't keep paying for free riders.
Contrast: Republican politicians and their corporate funders have wasted taxpayer time and hundreds of millions of dollars attacking the law -- and they've vowed to keep doing so.
Bottom line: Obamacare protects us against free riders, reins in insurance companies, and it's upheld by the Constitution. It's time to move forward.
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ATTACKS AND RESPONSES
FALSE ATTACK: "The 'individual mandate' is a massive tax hike!"
GO ON OFFENSE
- Seriously? This is coming from Mitt Romney and Republicans in Congress who have all endorsed a tax plan to make you pay MORE taxes so the richest few can pay LESS.
- The truth is, the Court's decision to uphold Obamacare will result in the largest health care tax cut in American history, with families and small businesses benefiting the most.
- Are they prepared to attack Romneycare as a tax on the people of Massachusetts, too?
- The "individual mandate" is really just a free rider fee for people who can afford health care but would rather stick the rest of us with the bill.
- Having health insurance is and will continue to be a choice. But for those who can afford insurance and choose not to buy it, the Court said it's constitutional to charge them a fee so the rest of us don't have to pay for their care for free.
- The "individual mandate" doesn't impact anyone who already has health insurance. And for those who can't afford it, there's help.
- So a tiny percentage of free riders -- between just 2 and 5 percent of Americans -- will pay a small fee, while millions of families and small business owners that take responsibility for their care will get tax credits.
For Attacks & Responses, click here: How To Beat Health Care Attacks.
Messaging on the mandate itself is available here: Demystifying the Mandate. (It's really just a free-rider fee.)
For messaging on the stakes for ordinary Americans, see What Americans Stand to Lose.
Here are quotes and real world stories to share: Faces Behind the Statistics.
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