Sorry for the wait, but I was waiting for this to come up and happen. Nothing else seemed worth blogging about until this. More will be blogged about in the months to come…
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June 28, 2012 came and went and everyone’s been reacting since. Granted, one day is hardly enough time to quiet something that had been building up for three plus years, but the noise is there and looks like it’s going to last until November, at least.
I’ve got three thoughts already about this whole thing:
- Judge Roberts did NOT jump to the left, nor did he betray any of his principles. Remember, the American Health Care Act (more properly Romneycare since that’s who started it, now known as Obamacare) isn’t so much a government-run program but a program where people are forced to buy from private companies which are given governmental power and the strength of the Government behind them (as I’ve pointed out before). And if there’s anything which makes Judge Roberts Judge Roberts, it’s his CORPORATIST stance on the law. As it happened, it was the Left who ended up being his “useful idiots” (unlike the right, whose corporatism comes from their identification with conservatism post-civil rights instead of rising up on its own accord).
This is shown by the fact that Roberts wrote the Majority opinion as if he was the only person in the Majority, his switching of the “pay for being uninsured” cost issue from “commerce clause” to “taxing powers,” and his ruling that the government had to respect the State’s wishes when it came to medicaid’s expansion to those just above the poverty level.
- The ACA still sucks. Despite the benefits which have shown up on the progressive blogs and websites, we’re still talking about the creation of a government branch that is in essence privately-owned and responsible to stockholders, complete with certain government-protected profit margins and the IRS being their collection agent for those who stay away from the insurance companies. And it’s not the middle-class that’s going to be taxed for being too poor for affording insurance – it’s going to be the working poor. Either that, or there’s going to develop a card that basically says “I’m paying this to say I’m insured, this covers nothing.”
- Americans are proving themselves stupider and stupider than ever. Remember the State of Washington? In 1993 they made insurance companies unable to refuse insurance, in 1995 they removed the “everyone must be insured” cause; by 2000 there was no insurance to be gotten for individuals. This seems to be what most Americans want (Insurance at their convenience), hence their whining about the mandate.
The reason the mandate exists is because for health insurance to work properly, everyone has to be covered. That way, those who need help are covered by those who don’t, and those who don’t need the insurance one year are covered in case they need the insurance next year.
Now I understand the issue of not “making the perfect the enemy of the good.” Still, I stand by my opinion that this is worse than what we had before – pretty much the same as now, and while there’s a few million more people in health insurance I don’t relish the time when the private insurance companies have their profits secured with the might and power of the United States Government.
Me…I’m still waiting for single payer. I’m beginning to expect death to come first (if single payer comes at all…)