Thursday, March 29, 2012

If Obamacare is Struck Down

First of all, isn't it amazing that "Obamacare" is a term that both progressives and reactionaries can learn to love? I mean, obviously the right-wing noise machine meant it as a slur, the same as when they coined HillaryCare. But why not? As Tyrion Lannister says, "Let me give you some advice bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you."
Anyway, as it seems that the Republican wing of the Supreme Court is trying to find a way to strike down the entire law (although we won't know until June), I was wondering if it may not be for the best. Yeah, it will probably mean a lot of people will die, including an unthinkable number of children who either can't afford insurance or can't get it because of pre-existing conditions. And obviously trying to alleviate that ongoing tragedy is why the Democratic Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, a shambling mess of pandering and caving to tea party demands. And I believe that the very act of trying to compromise is what doomed the ACA. I mean, the insurance mandate penalty is levied by the IRS. Clearly it's a tax, or at least it *could be* a tax, except Congress didn't mention the word "tax" once, apparently, in deference to Grover Norquist's delicate anti-tax sensibilities. So the Supreme Court will probably rule that the penalty is not, in fact a tax, and therefore unconstitutional. Way to commit hara-kiri, Dems.
Of course what everyone wants is a single-payer health care system, like Medicare. Even Tea Partiers love Medicare. Since the ACA was destined to cost money without paying for itself and probably not really reigning in the cost of medicine and generally not making life a lot better for most people, who would still have to deal with co-pays and PCPs and referrals, it would never have become truly popular. Now when people who think their increased insurance premiums are Obama's fault see their premiums continue to increase, and when more and more people, even those who could afford it if they had the opportunity to buy, are uninsured, and when people have had enough, we can pass real health reform and create a true solution.
Maybe it will teach the American people that elections have consequences, and that in order to have a sane judiciary, they need to keep electing Democrats to the White House and to Congress. It's a tragedy that people will die so the country can learn a lesson, so America, if you're listening, learn it quick!

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