|The Supreme Court of the United States Ruled Today that the |
Affordable Care Act (i.e. Obamacare) is Constitutional.
- The United States are the last of all the English-speaking countries to not have some form of socialised medicine. Under Obamacare, it remains that way, at least for the short-term.
- This is a very old debate. After World War II, European nations went over to socialised medicine, and at the same time the United States government had planned to do the same. Considering that MOST Americans did not have medical coverage at that time, this would have been supported by MOST of the American people at that time. Remember, we are talking about the generation that elected Franklin Roosevelt four times and largely approved of the New Deal. The US congress of that time reluctantly agreed to not enact socialised medicine in the United States only after large corporations begged them not to and promised to cover all their employees with affordable medical insurance. Over the decades, many of these corporations have failed to live up to that promise. So that is why the federal government nearly passed Hillarycare back in the early 1990s and finally passed Obamacare two years ago. This is more than a one-sided story. This is a fascist power struggle between the federal government and the corporate elites in this Union.
- Obamacare is the result of the federal government assuming imperial powers. This is why the Chief Justice (love him or hate him) ruled the way he did. It's the elephant in the living room that nobody wants to discuss. For all this talk about the Constitution, separation of powers, original intent, etc.; the one thing that nobody wants to discuss, but happens to be the singular most relevant issue, is the fact that the United States are no longer a federation of independent states and haven't been for some 150 years! The United States are united only by the threat of force, and must comply with a centralised imperial regime. This has been the case since 1865, and will remain the case until the federal government finally implodes under its own weight. Everything the congress, president and supreme court has done up to this point on Obamacare is perfectly consistent with this paradigm. Like it or lump it, that's the way it is folks.
The reality is that regardless of the future success or failure of Obamacare, and regardless of who wins the election this November, nothing but rhetoric is really going to change in regards to the healthcare debate. Even if Romney wins, he can do nothing without a clear Republican majority in both houses of the Congress, and even if he gets that (which he won't), then based on Romney's record alone, it is more plausible to believe he will simply tweak Obamacare rather than repeal it entirely. You see, the new reality is that the entire debate on healthcare in this Union has just changed. Thanks to the Supreme Court ruling today, no longer will federal politicians (especially Romney) dare to even suggest that healthcare is not a right. Nor will they dare to suggest that their "alternatives" to Obamacare will result in less people being covered by healthcare insurance. No, from now on (and forevermore) the debate in this Union will be about how to get more Americans covered and how much of this role shall be carried out by the federal government verses the states. Liberals will argue for a larger federal role of course, while the conservatives will argue for the states, but everyone (and I do mean every mainstream politician) will henceforth argue for more government control. They will just disagree on which government gets more (the fed or the state). Any talk of "turning things over to the private sector," or "getting people into medial savings accounts," is just political fodder for the Neocons. Republicans have no intention of going this route anymore. They're just fishing for more votes.
So with this new reality in place, what are we to do? Well, if you like Obamacare, or want to replace it with something a little different, but very similar, just do what you've always been doing. Vote Democrat or Republican and you'll get what you want. However, if you don't like Obamacare, and want no part of it in any form, then on a personal level, there is nothing you can do other than get on board with one of the private Healthshare cooperatives (such as Catholic Solidarity or Evangelical Medishare) which are exempt from the Obamacare individual mandate. Beyond that the only thing to do is to elect strong state politicians who are not afraid to secede from the Union and start a new independent country. Keep in mind however, that even if successful in such an uphill battle, that new country would likely have to deal with the same type of healthcare debate anyway. Though it is possible that its solution might be entirely different. I personally recommend the Distributist model of healthcare guilds and cooperative ownership.
One thing is for sure and guaranteed. So long as the United States remain in an imperial union under Washington DC, we will continue to get imperial solutions to the problems that face us. There is only one way out of this, and until the American people are willing to take up again the spirit of 1776 and 1860, seeking independence from this imperial Union, we will continue to have to deal with the mentality associated with all empires. One size fits all!