I love Obamacare

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Icon from Nuvola icon theme for KDE 3.x. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We took our son out to dinner yesterday to a restaurant in Ancestor Square, the very heart of Saint George where Brigham Young used to winter with some of his wives. Here in Saint George we hear nothing but scorn for the Affordable Care Act and President Obama, and Utah refused to offer expanded health care to its citizens. To my surprise and delight, I saw a parked, upscale SUV with a sticker in its rear window, I love Obamacare. So even here in the reddest state in the union, there are some supporters of the President and his signature, at least so far, accomplishment

 

GOP (Grand Obstructionist Party)

English: President Barack Obama's signature on...

English: President Barack Obama’s signature on the health insurance reform bill at the White House, March 23, 2010. The President signed the bill with 22 different pens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No longer the Grand Old Party or even the Grand Opposition Party, the current GOP have degenerated into the Party of No. No matter what President Obama proposes, the GOP are against it. Not by principle, but by politics, the GOP put politics ahead of country. For example, the Affordable Care Act is based on a proposal from the right-wing Heritage Foundation and echoes Romneycare, enacted in Massachusetts while Mitt was governor. If the Affordable Care Act were Heritage Foundationcare or Romneycare, the GOP would support it. Since it is called Obamacare, they oppose it.

It is the essence of an opposition party to oppose the party in power, propose alternate solutions, and then compromise for the good of the country. The GOP no longer do that. Instead, they oppose for the sake of opposing and refuse compromise. That is why they are now the Grand Obstruction Party. The solution is fragmentation of the GOP with the rational bits and pieces re-assembling themselves into a functioning opposition party. Where are the Republicans with the courage to say “no” to obstruction?

GOPcare

Florida congressman Alan Grayson.

Florida congressman Alan Grayson. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We have Alan Grayson to thank for reading all the fine print in healthcare insurance plans and explaining their essence in two sentences.

“Don’t get sick. If you do, die quickly,” (or go bankrupt).

That is GOPcare in a nutshell. Obamacare is a step in the right direction. It is a COMPROMISE between what we have had, GOPcare, and what I believe is the ideal, Medicare for all. If the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is flawed, and it is, it is because it is a COMPROMISE, and compromises never satisfy everyone.

Supporters of GOPcare claim that we have the best healthcare system in the world, and I suppose we do if you can afford it. Most of us cannot. My wife was born and bred in Canada and her relatives still live there and are much more satisfied with the care they receive at little cost than we are with the care we receive at a much greater cost. Of course, they and we represent the low-end of the income scale. If we were a part of the 1% and could afford the best in healthcare, our reactions to Obamacare and Canadian medicine might be different.

Apples to prunes

Logo of the Fox Broadcasting Company

Logo of the Fox Broadcasting Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In all the discussion about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), some in the media, particularly at FOX, are quoting statistics about how some insurance premiums have risen 200-300%. However, they are not comparing comparable policies, apples to apples, they are comparing policies with vastly difference coverages, apples to prunes.

Slippery slope

Bill O'Reilly at the World Affairs Council of ...

Bill O’Reilly at the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, September 30, 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bill O’Reilly says that he opposes the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) because it will lead to demands for free food, clothing, housing etc. It is true that in some countries, such as those in Scandinavia, taxes are high so that government can supply a minimum standard of life for its citizens. Bill opposes that too. It is a fact that in most civilized countries, healthcare is considered a right. Are we a civilized nation or are we not? It’s your call, Bill.