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Page 4 :1  ra - July 4, 2012 COMMUNITV OPINION Obamacare may face another hurdle: voters 00DITORI00L of Obamacare believed would not withstand the Court's review of con- stitutionality, survived because the justices declared that the federal gov- ernment has power to fine Americans who don't acquire insurance from a private insurance company because the fine is essentially a tax. Some on the right have likened it to the decision in Kelo v. City of New London (2004), in which the Supreme Court held that a govern- ment may use eminent domain to seize private property for the benefit of another private property owner. In this case, Obamacare forces individ- The already interesting 2012 November elections just got more so with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last week upholding the indi- vidual mandate portion of President Obama's healthcare law, the Afford- able Care Act. The question now is how the American public will respond. The 5-4 decision on Thursday sparked shock on the part of both proponents and opponents of Obam- acare, and an inevitable outcry from those who were against the plan and expected the Court to find it uncon- stitutional. What has outraged many is the Court majority's conclusion, in NFIB v. Sebelius, that the "individual man- date," which even many proponents A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 27, 1929 Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers uals to buy insurance from a private company, ostensibly for the greater public good. Starting in 2014, nearly every- one will be required to be insured or pay a fine. There are subsidies to help people who can't afford cover- age and Medicaid will be expanded to cover more low-income people. Many employers will face fines if they don't offer coverage for their workers. It's likely that newly cre- ated insurance markets will make it easier for individuals and small busi- nesses to buy affordable coverage As we noted on this page ear- lier this year, the implementation of Obamacare could provide an immediate improvement in qual- ity of living for some - particularly small business owners who are be- ing squeezed by skyrocketing health insurance costs and people with no health insurance at all. Insurance premiums are likely to continue to escalate, though, and the tax credits that some business own- ers may qualify for - which news re- ports suggest many don't even know exist - will offer limited relief. Certainly, medical care de- livered through an inefficient and financially flawed mechanism (see Social Security, Medicare), is pref- erable to the recipients than none. Oregon Health Authority Di- rector Bruce Goldberg says that an estimated 180,000 to 200,000 more people will qualify for the Oregon Health Plan in 2014 and "hundreds of thousands more people will have access to the health insurance ex- change." The problem is that already- struggling businesses and individu- als, the ones who are putting in long hours to finance programs to support those who aren't able or willing to work, will ultimately have to bear the burden of this program too. Even though a portion of the population will benefit, someone has to pay to make that happen and al- though it would be great to see it all work out, it won't - any more than if an adult child were to continue to use a parent's credit card to buy cars and roll up debts, and expect Morn or Dad to pay the bill. _Eventually, Dad or Mom would either balk or run out of money. The biggest problem, though, is that government control of our lives has been intensified by this ruling giving bureaucrats and legislators more power to impose their will, well-intentioned though it may be, on the citizenry. It is the citizenry who must pay the piper. The only way to stop Obamacare now, for those who think it's a bad idea, is to vote out legislators who passed this ill-conceived scheme in the first place and elect representa- tives and senators who will repeal it. That's why the November election suddenly becomes far more signifi- cant. What will the people say? wanN.sweethomenews.com Office: 1313 MainSt., Sweet Home, Oregon Mailing address: The New Era, Box 39, Sweet Home, OR, 97386 Phone: (541) 367-2135 Fax: (541) 367-2137 WHO WE ARE Scott Swanson, Editor/Co-Publisher scott@sweethomenews.com Sean C. Morgan, Staff Writer sean@sweethomenews.com Miriam Swanson, Advertising Manager, Co-Publisher mifiarn@sweethomenews.com Christy Keeney, Classified Ads classifieds@sweethomenews.com Firiel Sevems, Advertising Sales firiel@sweethomenews.com The New Era (USPS 379-100)is published each Wednesday. Periedical postage paid at the Sweet Home, Ore., 97386 Post Office. Postmaster: Please send address changes to The New Era, Box 39, Sweet Home, Oregon 97386 SUBSCRIPTIONS In Linn CQunty: $32 Elsewhere: $40 Snowbird: $38 NEWS QUESTIONS/TIPS Call (541) 367-2135 or e-mail news@sweethomenews.com From Our Files Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage in east Linn County... July 5, 1962 City Manager Bob White an- nounced this week that recent.cor- respondence with the Corps of Engineers has verified that Foster reservoir could have the capacity for municipal water. White said that the engineers estimate the cost of a control gate valve in the dam structure at about $20,000. Such a gate would permit a flow of from 1 to 5 million gallons of water per day. The Lebanon-area strawberry harvest is about 85 percent com- plete. "The crop in general has been good, even though its been a short picking season." said Norman Blair, manager of the Lebanon office of the Oregon State Employment service. "This year's season has been about a week shorter than the average straw- berry season." Sidewalks have been added to 22nd Avenue, between Mountain View Road and "L" Street. In addition to the sidewalks, the road will be paved as part of the im- provement project. July 8, 1987 A few sprinkles didn't hinder attendance of local residents and tourists as they flocked to the Fos- ter and Green Peter Dams areas and the Linn County parks in great num- bers. They had new records in all the major campgrounds. Many people have camping trailers, and don't mind a little rain. The brief mois- ture also helped to wet down the dry forest land after several days of hot temperatures. Cowboys and cowgirls from all over the Northwest, as well as many other states, will converge in Sweet Home this Friday, Saturday and Sun- day to compete in the Sportsman's Holiday/Calapooia Round-up rodeo. A multitude of Sweet Home residents and businesses pitched in last week to install new entrance signs on the east and west ends of the community. "The amount of cooperation on this project has been terrific, all the way around," said Jaycee Milt Mor- gan. WRITE A LETTER We encourage readers to express their opinions in letters to the editor on matters of public interest. Letters should be typed and may be submitted by mail, e-mail, fax or in person at The New Era office. E-mailed letters may be sent to news@sweethomenews.com. Please include a telephone number in case we need to contact you. Also, we require that you include your name and city of residence or your letter will not be published. There is no length restriction, but letters may be edited for length and all letters will be edited for libelous content. We discourage letters that attack or complain about private citizens or businesses on a personal level. Also, letters containing comments on topics deemed by the editorial staff to have been exhausted in previous letters will be edited accordingly.