The two Mahoneys from Hartford are squaring off over the Affordable Healthcare Act. It started when Brendan, a UConn Law student, told his story to the Courant last week. His comments caught the eye of opponents like Rush and a Wall Street Journal blogger – as well as another Mahoney, also from Hartford and also 30-years-old. Take it away guys!
Brendan Mahoney, UConn law student: With the key part of the Affordable Care Act coming into effect, the same people who have decried death panels have decided that they should have input into what kind of health care we deserve. It doesn’t matter if you are a full-time student who works part time and needs assistance for a few months. Nor does it matter that you’ve been paying taxes into the system, but for a short period you need a little help and now you’re relying on it. Nope. You’re a welfare king and a moocher.
Large corporations take advantage of vast tax loopholes and the richest of Americans continue to pay an artificially reduced tax rate because they aren’t adequately taxed on investment income and avoid taxable income at all costs. Instead, it’s a lot easier to beat up on a student and declare the system a failure because it provides incentives for the apparently socially undesirable behavior of putting yourself through school.
Health care is a fundamental right. It’s shameful that more than half the states in the union have decided that their less wealthy residents are undeserving of that right and that they must continue to defer care until they require emergency care at the greatest cost.
Brendan Mahoney, Hartford lawyer: Obamacare did not “make my day”; I am horrified of rationed, DMV-style care; and am staunchly opposed to the Affordable Care Act.
Given Chief Justice John Roberts’ declaration that the ACA is constitutional, I will limit my comments here to policy grounds. First, forcing insurers to underwrite those with pre-existing conditions is actuarial suicide, improperly socializing cost, not risk. Second, Obamacare’s purchasing power, coupled with that of Medicare and Medicaid, approaches a monopoly that will bankrupt hospitals, private practices, pharmaceutical companies, and ultimately, the republic. Third, giving government control over health care decisions and information engenders paranoia and hatred of Washington, which poisons civil society.
The ACA will not long stand. To further the public discourse and common good, I invite the other Brendan Mahoney to a spirited and civil debate.