Obamacare and the shutdown

The US has shut down for the day…it’s some kind of budgetary rebellion over Obamacare, right?

This is roughly how Wiki describes Obamacare, or to give it its formal name The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA):

“[Obamacare] aims to increase the quality and affordability of health insurance, lower the uninsured rate by expanding public and private insurance coverage, and reduce the costs of healthcare for individuals and the government…The law also requires insurance companies to cover all applicants within new minimum standards and offer the same rates regardless of pre-existing conditions or sex. Additional reforms aim to reduce costs and improve healthcare outcomes by shifting the system towards quality over quantity through increased competition, regulation, and incentives to streamline the delivery of healthcare…will lower both future deficits and Medicare spending.”

So…remind me, what’s a legitimate, moral argument against a new system that aims to be cheaper and ensure everyone gets healthcare? If only the Tories here in the UK would take such care of the National Health Service instead of crushing it into a bedpan and offering the dust to the highest bidder…

Is the opposition comprised of the middle-class “dream” chasers who worry that their stocks and pensions won’t be as big when they retire because the money-grubbing insurance companies won’t be making quite as much profit as they did exploiting the sick?

As a curious outsider, Just askin’…

2 thoughts on “Obamacare and the shutdown”

  1. Yeah, I thought there was a bit of (c) in there, that it’s the supposedly hard working American “dreamers” I alluded to who think less privileged people shouldn’t be looked after when they’re ill unless they can afford to pay for it. Ironically, the fact that said groups intersects with a group that probably still hears the story of the Good Samaritan at least one Sunday a year is totally lost on them.

  2. The umbrella of crazy here in the US is large but for the most part it comes down to

    a) a massive disinformation campaign to convince the gullible that Obamacare will make their premiums go up and later the government will start cutting off health care to old people, leaving them to die (I am not making this up)
    b) many small (and large) businesses go to great lengths to avoid paying benefits to employees, doing things like not giving them enough hours to be considered full time for benefits purposes but so many hours they cannot possibly hold a full-time job that does offer them benefits–this will tighten up those loopholes and may cause a loss of profit to businesses who were trying to screw their employees
    c) lots of white people with jobs that already have health insurance believe that they earned what they have fair and square and they don’t want to subsidize health care for lazy (less privileged, in other words) people — never mind that they wind up subsidizing healthcare for people anyway once they become destitute and are suffering from serious, expensive to treat diseases that could have been cured or treated much less expensively

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