John Roberts looks for an island; Phil Gingrey advertises for another beer buddy

Because you just don’t get a chance every day to imagine U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, chugging a beer in his underwear. From Stephen Colbert and Comedy Central:

There there’s this from the Associated Press:

FARMINGTON, Pa. — U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is joking that he’ll be spending some time in “an impregnable fortress” now that the Supreme Court has ended a session that featured him casting the decisive vote upholding President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Responding to a question about his summer plans, Roberts quipped that he thought his planned trip to Malta to teach a class was a “good idea.”

He delivered the joke Friday at a federal court conference at a posh Pennsylvania resort.

Roberts declined to answer a question about the landmark opinion issued Thursday. But he says he hopes the court will be remembered for “protecting equal justice under the law.”

Roberts was speaking in Farmington, Pa., at a conference hosted by the Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia Circuit.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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North Ga. Investor

June 29th, 2012
12:54 pm

“Equal justice”? Taking from me to give to you does not sound like equal justice. I can only hope that this new road America has started down will be quickly reversed. Perhaps this will wake up the quite minority and they will vote like never before.

Carole

June 29th, 2012
12:56 pm

I love this. Phil Gingrey has become an embarrassment to Georgia over the past few years. Washington does something to Georgia doctors–Phil and then Price.

Carole

June 29th, 2012
12:59 pm

North Ga exactly how is this taking from you? This whole BS about it being the biggest tax is such a farce. With my insurance plan anyone who smokes pays an extra $80 surcharge. Really it’s a tax for smoking. If an employer health plan can do this, why can’t the gov’t penalize people who won’t get insurance even when it’s made affordable to them?

UGA 11

June 29th, 2012
1:01 pm

Ray

June 29th, 2012
1:12 pm

North Georgia, if you are so worried about having stuff being “taken” from you, guess what? It’s already happening. Yes, those umpteen million people who have no health insurance now rely upon you to pay for yours so that they can get treatment.
So, on their behalf, I say thanks for your generous spirit. Sorry your gift to them will soon be ending.
Feel free to donate that money now to one of the GOP Super PACs that I’m sure you love.

Cheers!

GaBlue

June 29th, 2012
1:18 pm

North Georgia Investor,

Sorry to burst the very large ego bubble on your head, but I don’t want anything of yours. That this is your interpretation of yesterday’s ruling indicates that your cognizance of how the world works has not developed past the level of a toddler who clings to his toy firetruck, screams, and poops his diaper the moment another child enters his realm, though no one has even asked him to share it yet.

Digging further into your psychological “tells,” you made a point of identifying yourself as an investor. Read: you don’t do anything for anyone unless you fully expect to receive that PLUS more in return. That you’d begrudge the good people of this nation the chance to have their medical needs addressed in a timely manner — which IS the case in much of the country, where there are few, if any, practicing doctors because those living in small, rural communities have no way to pay for medical care — tells us that you imagine the universe revolves around you, or at least, it should. Please DO lock your doors, refuse to answer your phone, and stay safely behind the sofa until we tell you it’s safe to come out!

Bless your heart.

clyde

June 29th, 2012
1:23 pm

It’s good that Roberts finds this humorous.

InAtl

June 29th, 2012
1:23 pm

Roberts knows that unless this is undone legislatively, this will create a huge nightmare. People will not be hiring new employees and will not expand their businesses. Healthcare costs will spiral out of control. The government needs to stay out of the healthcare business. They screw up nearly everything they have their hands in. Smaller government is the principle that conservatives support and expected Roberts to adhere to, and he knows this. People who want somebody else to take care of them think it’s great, of course. No surprise there.

Eustis

June 29th, 2012
1:26 pm

North Ga. Investor

Weren’t you in Deliverance?

Eustis

June 29th, 2012
1:27 pm

InAtl

You’re right. End Medicare and Medicaid now!

InAtl

June 29th, 2012
1:28 pm

GaBlue, you yourself seem awfully smug and condescending to the other poster. Could you be any nastier? Just who do you think is going to pay for your healthcare? And by the way, you should check out the horror stories in Great Britain where medicine is socialized. People are dying in the halls waiting to be seen. And Canada is another example of people on long waiting lists for MRI’s and other critical tests. Just Google it if you don’t believe me. It’s well documented.

clyde

June 29th, 2012
1:29 pm

Carole,
If your insurance plan is paid for by your employer,you will pay income tax on the full amount of the premium under this healthcare bill.

Kris

June 29th, 2012
1:30 pm

@ North Georgia Investor,

Is this a gut reaction or fact…In the long run your insurance will and might be cheeper READ THE INFO about the ACA. (If your a repub that’s Affordable Care Act!

“:”Roberts says he hopes the court will be remembered for “protecting equal justice under the law.””
It has been a long time coming, something GOOD for the AMERICAN PEOPLE!
The Affordable Care Act is great we all can have insurance. For “for the GOP the key word is AFFORDABLE”. what the wealthy do not understand is a major medical event (cancer, heart and Flesh eating bacteria) strikes anyone rich or poor and can come on rather quickly and the medical Bill’s can add up quicker than a dammed GOP member can say something bad about President Obama.
AS for Romany it’s sad out of all the intelligent people in the USA the GOP chose the
Dumbest most vile person they could fine.

Stop America from being held hostage Vote the GOP scum out. (Nate and bonehead your next).
Save America RE elect President Obama 2012

InAtl

June 29th, 2012
1:30 pm

“You’re right. End Medicare and Medicaid now”

Eustis, hyperbole is the resort of someone who knows they don’t have a point.

InAtl

June 29th, 2012
1:33 pm

Re Kris: I”t has been a long time coming, something GOOD for the AMERICAN PEOPLE!
The Affordable Care Act is great we all can have insurance”

Spoken by another person who wants government, i.e, the taxpayers, to take care of them. Very sad.

Scott Fresno

June 29th, 2012
1:37 pm

“Equal justice”? Making me pay for health insurance when I am doing just fine getting it for free from emergency rooms is not fair! Why should I have to pay my own way?

Kris

June 29th, 2012
1:37 pm

inatl….Did you get your welfare check….

InAtl

June 29th, 2012
1:42 pm

Your post makes no sense, Kris.

Eustis

June 29th, 2012
1:47 pm

InAtl

The point is- you have no point.

GaBlue

June 29th, 2012
1:47 pm

InAtl,

I pay premiums every month, and co-pays and deductibles (all of which increase yearly) whenever I get any kind of medical care. I see my chiro more than any other doctor (rejecting big pharm’s wish for us all to be addicted to their chemicals) and pay out of pocket for that! And people smugly insist that I’m trying to get THEM to pay for my medical care? What a joke!

The ACA is about making care accessible to those who do not have access, and that is MILLIONS of Americans. It’s not perfect, and it’s not the single-payer system I was hoping for, but it’s something. The backlash of ugliness is.. well, that’s something ELSE.

DannyX

June 29th, 2012
1:56 pm

So North Ga. Investor what exactly is the answer? A Romney presidency?

In 2010 44,000 people in Massachusetts paid a “tax” for not having insurance. All those people paying a “tax” because of Romneycare.

Voting in the father of Obamacare is your answer?????

InAtl

June 29th, 2012
2:14 pm

Re GaBlue: “The ACA is about making care accessible to those who do not have access, and that is MILLIONS of Americans. It’s not perfect, and it’s not the single-payer system I was hoping for, but it’s something. The backlash of ugliness is.. well, that’s something ELSE.”

So you’re paying premiums. Great. A lot of folks prefer to roll the dice on their healthcare and spend their money on something else instead of insurance. But here you say you want single payer, i.e., socialized medicine. Who do you think pays for that? You and me, that’s who. Even though we’re already paying our insurance premiums, now we’re going to pay even more! If you don’t believe that, you’re fooling yourself. Nothing comes for free, my friend, And you say millions don’t have access. Are you talking about access to healthcare? It’s illegal in this county not to treat someone in the emergency room who needs care, and those who can’t afford it are already on Medicare or Medicaid, so I’m confused by your reference to access.

Michael #1

June 29th, 2012
2:16 pm

Love it. By the way listen to the comments from the RI Gov. about how Romneycare has helped that state. But Faux and the TP like to create a cloud of fear so people will think just like them.

Auntie Christ

June 29th, 2012
2:33 pm

As one can tell from the comments from the tea baggers and repubs (excuse me I’m being redundant), it’s all about them. When they are called upon to contribute their share to the functioning of our country, It doesn’t matter to them that having people unproductive due to preventable illnesses cost our economy Billions of dollars every year, not to mention the emergency room costs we all have to absorb now, and the detrimental impact that has on provisioning of health care.

No it’s not about what’s best for our country, it’s about what’s best for me. For all of our history as a nation, from Valley Forge to World War Two rationing, to Afghanistan and Iraq, good Americans have willingly sacrificed their self interest and their lives to the good of the nation. It’s sickening how these short-sighted, egocentric, tea baggers and repubs complain about paying the lowest individual tax rates in history, and call someone a ’socialist’ who wants to make romney and his cohorts pay at least the tax rate that a weaver in a carpet mill pays.

The irony is half of them probably wouldn’t be alive today except for the government health care that wiped out polio, typhus, diptheria, measles, and a dozen other diseases, not to mention the government backed student loans that have allowed half the doctors and nurses in the country to be doctors and nurses.

I am in urgent need of a doctor right now, inatl and n ga invest make me want to puke.

Just Sayin'

June 29th, 2012
2:33 pm

I can’t believe those commie libruls at the Heritage Foundation finally got what they proposed back 20 years ago!!

InAtl

June 29th, 2012
2:34 pm

From SFGate:
“the philosophies behind the federal and the Massachusetts plan are radically different. Romney set out to offer a plan that would address the state’s 460,000 uninsured residents without putting undue burdens on state employers. Obamacare, conversely, is mandate heaven. Its expanding array of benefits effectively has created a new tax on employers. Already, for example, health plans must offer coverage for employees’ adult children up to age 26. Obamacare provisions to end co-payments for “preventive care,” including birth control, may seem like savings for workers, but someone has to pay for all that free stuff.

“Free preventive services is a misnomer,” the Boston-based Pioneer Institute’s director of health care policy Josh Archambault, told me. “It will often be passed on through higher premiums.”

This goes to the fundamental problem with Obamacare. As a candidate, Obama promised to sign a universal health-care package that would “cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.” But in larding the health-care menu, Obamacare gives consumers little to no reason to contain costs.

The Kaiser Family Foundation found that employer-sponsored health-care costs rose 9 percent last year, and part of the credit went to the Affordable Care Act’s mandates, which will not take full effect until 2014. Archambault uses an apt analogy to compare Romneycare to Obamacare. “Massachusetts is a car. It’s smaller. It’s easy to fix. Problems can still arise, but it’s much easier to steer.”

Obamacare, he continued, “is like a train. It still has wheels and an engine like the car, but it’s much bigger, it runs through all areas of health care, and it’s inflexible. Once the track is laid, it’s very difficult to change the direction.”

InAtl

June 29th, 2012
2:36 pm

Auntie : “As one can tell from the comments from the tea baggers and repubs”

You are clearly a miserable person that has to resort to insults to try to make a point.

GaBlue

June 29th, 2012
2:44 pm

InAtl,

You’re right about being confused. FYI: “single payer” does not mean one person pays while everyone else gets. Single payer means let’s eliminate the middle man who’s running up costs, but it doesn’t matter whether I want it or not. It isn’t happening. I live in the real world… the real America where millions of people do not have “access” to heath care, meaning, they live a good distance from their nearest doctor or hospital, they have no way to travel for the care they need, and/or no money or insurance to pay for it if they get there.

Sure, county hospitals must treat emergencies, even for people who can’t pay. How do they recover the costs? From people who have insurance, by charging us more for everything. Are you confused about that too? Start calling specialists in the phone book to get an appointment, and tell us how many schedule you without confirming your insurance and ability to pay up front. Then find a loved one with a serious condition that needs specialized care, and take him or her to the ER and see how much care he or she gets without the transfer of money or benefits.

We’ll wait here for you to get back to us.

Auntie Christ

June 29th, 2012
2:49 pm

Inatl said: You are clearly a miserable person that has to resort to insults to try to make a point.

You’re right, I am sorry. If someone called me a repub or tea bagger, I would be insulted too. But, on the other hand, when you talk like a duck, quack like a duck and walk like a duck, why are you insulted when someone calls you a duck?

InAtl

June 29th, 2012
2:54 pm

If you want to call me a Tea Partier, go ahead. That’s a compliment. Try leaving out the pornographic invectives if that’s possible for you, which historically doesn’t seem likely.

InAtl

June 29th, 2012
3:02 pm

GaBlue, my comment to you disappeared. Strange. My point is that our premiums have sky-rocketed because of cost shifting which by definition is shifting costs from those who would never pay to those who have insurance. I never claimed to be confused about that. I thought I was pretty clear that I found your use of the term “access” confusing.

InAtl

June 29th, 2012
3:04 pm

The filter keeps stopping my post, so I’m trying to post in increments: You can get appointments to specialists without insurance. You just have to pay as you go for most of them. You can also find specialists who accept Medicaid and Medicare patients.

Auntie Christ

June 29th, 2012
3:21 pm

inatl says: Try leaving out the pornographic invectives if that’s possible for you,

When you and your brethren stop calling liberals like me communists, socialists, nazis, and claiming that support for health care for everyone, or higher taxes implies we “want the government to take care of us,” I will tone down my rhetoric. Until then, I’ll give as good as I get.

InAtl

June 29th, 2012
3:27 pm

How mature you are. Your mom must really be proud.

zeke

June 29th, 2012
3:36 pm

Auntie Christ

June 29th, 2012
3:40 pm

Oh boo hoo, I’ve been insulted by inatl. I’m gonna cry. You are clearly a miserable person that has to resort to insults to try to make a point.

Michael #1

June 29th, 2012
4:04 pm

InAtl, no sorry, that is not a compliment.As she pointed out, it is about you your selfishness and has nothing to do with being a true Patriot.

InAtl

June 29th, 2012
4:12 pm

Individual responsibility is a tenet of patriotism, Michael. I’m sure you think selfishness is when somebody who works hard doesn’t give you enough of their money.

Ned Puddlman

June 29th, 2012
6:07 pm

I’m going to retire early and let you people pay for my healthcare.

Shar

June 29th, 2012
6:26 pm

@InAtl, “Smaller government is the principle that conservatives support and expected Roberts to adhere to”. No. We all expect and demand that Roberts and the rest of the Court adhere to the Constitution, not to some political principle.

I ended up in an emergency room at St. Timothy’s Hospital in London last November, and must refute your characterization of “People are dying in the halls waiting to be seen.” No, they’re not. They are in beds in various curtained bays being seen by a symphony of medical people, all color-coded in their scrubs so you know who you are talking to. People are being treated there just as they are being treated here, except at St. Timothy’s there was not one person using the emergency room as primary care because they all have access to primary care.

Medicare and Medicaid are, in fact, single payer government systems. So is the VA and the health care that the President, Congress and the Supremes get. The taxpayers who pay for their care are the only ones who are left out of that far more effective system, because Obama let the drug and insurance companies in the back door before he let the rest of us participate.

My daughter went to the ER a couple of years ago with a raging fever. She was given a blood test and left waiting on a bed for 3 hours, at which point they came back, told her she had mono, gave her a scrip and a bill for $1500. We were not paying for the care she received, nor even for the availability of care. We were paying for the charges racked up by the uninsured, and since we have a high deductible plan it all came out of pocket.

If we decided to deny care to those who could not pay, your grousing about responsibility would make sense. What we do now is permit employers to foist what they should be paying for employee insurance onto the taxpayer/insured in the form of tax support and cost shifts. At least under this plan those people who want the rest of us to pay if their no-insurance gamble goes bad will have to have some skin in the game, and employers will not be able to push off their costs onto taxpayers.

InAtl

June 29th, 2012
6:44 pm

Shar, another person who thinks their experience is the norm. Here is just one article from BBC, hardly a conservative news agency:
“Mike Farrar, the head of the NHS Confederation, said the difficulties could even lead to the 18-week limit for elective operations being broken.

He made the warning after feedback from senior NHS managers showed many feared it would get harder for patients to access care in the next 12 months.”

Wall Street Journal has had continuous articles for years on patient catastrophes in the British healthcare system. I agree about our charges being driven up by the uninsured. Way too many people are not willing to pay for health insurance even though they could afford it, and then they don’t pay their hospital bills. Something needs to be done about this particular problem, and also tort reform needs to be implemented.

InAtl

June 29th, 2012
6:50 pm

Oh, and naturally conservatives expect a Supreme Court justice to adhere to the Constitution. That goes without saying. Remember, we’re NOT the ones that think the Constitution is a “living” document.

stay the course

June 29th, 2012
7:37 pm

A very Christian move from the Muslim-in-Chief. Greed takes a sock to the nose on this one. Insurance companies take your pre-existing clause and stick it where the Sun don’t shine. Amen.

Auntie Christ

June 29th, 2012
7:37 pm

inatl “Wall Street Journal has had continuous articles for years on patient catastrophes in the British healthcare system.” We expect nothing less from an organ of rupert murdoch’s empire. I’m sure I can go to Daily Kos and find just as many articles on the success of Britain’s system.

“we’re NOT the ones that think the Constitution is a “living” document.” That’s too bad, you apparently aren’t keeping up. The document has been amended 27 times. I’m not sure what your concept of ‘living’ is, as it pertains to documents, but that sure seems a lot more alive and growing than say, the ten commandments, or A Tale of Two Cities.

Auntie Christ

June 29th, 2012
7:42 pm

and one more thing inatl “and also tort reform needs to be implemented.”

Of course it does, because conservatives believe in ‘personal responsibility’ unless it applies to corporations who have marketed a product that kills you, then we should just relieve them of their liability because… because… well we just should. Corporations shouldn’t be held to personal responsibility like I should.

InAtl

June 29th, 2012
11:21 pm

You really need to grow up. Your arguments are vapid, just like you seem to be.

S

June 30th, 2012
2:16 am

Thank you Justice Roberts for following the Law. You have helped save lives and in the end that’s what it’s all about isn’t it.
Now we can move forward and not have to worry about losing our homes because of a catastrophic illness, over 30 million will now or in the near future have health care, no more denying of health insurance because of a preexisting condition, older children left on parents plan till they are 26 years of age, seniors get help with dough nut hole “meds” that totally goes away in 2020 I believe, insurance companies will now have to use 80% of their Health-care $’s for our coverage, monies that will no longer go to those at the top, this year alone 13,000 people will be getting a refund or rebate from their insurance companies because they over charged their insured. Really, what is not to like about this Affordable Care Act. Yes the ACA can and will be tweaked and most likely in the future we will in all likely hood be heading for Single Payer, or Medicare for all, because that is the most cost effective plan that has been determined by many other countries. Thank Goodness this country has started the process of HEALTH CARE FOR ALL. Its been a long time in coming. Don’t forget to vote come election time, voting is a right, no citizen should ever ignore.