Monday, September 30, 2013

Affordable Health Care Act

I do not know the nuances of the Affordable Health Care Act.  Here is what I suspect.

Those who are opposed to it are not driven by ideology. They are motivated by self-interest and the interests of wealthy supporters who oppose the Act.  To some extent, I think opponents are driven because they will (and have) attempted to do everything they can to discredit the president. (I don't believe the drive to discredit the president is entirely based on race.  But it would not surprise me that some of the energy behind the movement has been fueled by racism).

The need for health care reform has been supported by both parties for almost as long as I can remember. What the president has done, finally, is get it done. It has passed the congress. It was a major point of disagreement during the 12 elections.  Its legitimacy has been supported by the Supreme Court.

What the Republicans are doing is shameful; wasting time and money trying to pressure the country to undo what its citizens have declared they want done.   And tonight the government might shut down because the greedy, like some bully messing with the other kids in the neighborhood, want to get their way.

I know people who do not like the Affordable Health Care Act and I like them. At this point, however, it is not a matter of whether you like Obamacare or not. The fact is that it is the law and it passed the houses of congress and it was implicitly supported in the election.  In a democracy you can't always get what you want. And the way to get what you want is not to put a gun to the collective heads of the economy--unless of course you want to frame yourself, and go down in history, as some sort of criminal.

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