Two landmarks in politics happen today – one from each governing philosophy. I’m actually not sure if it’s a coincidence or not that they both happen on the same day. On the one hand the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace opens today. On the other hand the government is shut down, again.
In the end, after all the hot air and legalese, this is about one thing. Should government be empowered to act in society? The Right might frame the question like this, does government have the constitutional right to act in society?
What’s happening today, on both fronts the ACA and the impasse between the House and Executive is ultimately about this question, should government be empowered to act on universal health care?
Democrats say yes, Republicans say no. The current debate on a national health care plan goes back to the early 1990’s*. At the time the Right deemed the Left’s attempts to solve our national disgrace Hillarycare today it’s Obamacare. Back in the 1990’s in response to Hillarycare the Right got behind The Heritage Foundation’s plan which actually is the heart of Obama Care today. So in a real sense the Right has won this argument, at least so far.
Of course you will never, ever hear them say that. To jibe with their narrative where the Democrats have rammed the ACA through the process in a strictly partisan manner, they have to completely forgotten that a) the framework for this plan started as their approach to a public response to our national health care crises and b) that the first largely successful and popular experiment with this approach in Massachusetts was passed with a Republican Governor, one who was the Republican’s standard bearer during the last election, btw.
In order to win his party’s nomination, Mitt Romney had to run as far away from his plan as possible. Ultimately the conflict over the ACA is not about the ACA itself, it’s about how far right the Republicans have shifted. The ideology that the free market will solve all problems is as much a crazy Utopian dream as the far left’s defunct dreams of a purely socialist state. Unfortunately the right wing/libertarian free-market fantasy is an ideology that wins hearts, minds and votes because it has an unbelievable amount of money behind it. With that money the ideology can buy a narrative that turns truth on it’s head.
It’s a narrative you are going to hear a great deal about until this impasse is over. You can hear it anytime you like before or after the government reopens and the ACA is up and running on Rush, Glenn or Fox. Please don’t buy it. In the end it’s a lie – a golden lie that is making a lot of people a lot of money all the while destroying the fabric of our country.
And, btw, it was fun to take the Right’s challenge to call the ACA Obamacare. Well, we won the last election largely on Obamacare despite the Right’s attempt to tarnish the ACA by attaching the President’s name to it. We owned it for the election, now it’s time to call it by it’s proper name. It’s not the Democrat’s law or Obama’s law. Despite the Right’s tantrum, it’s the law of the land and we will be better for it.
- Bernie Sanders: Obamacare is a ‘good Republican program’ (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- GOP lawmakers bridle at calling Affordable Care Act the law (thehill.com)
- ObamaCare: The Latest and Greatest Bastardization of the Constitution (americanthinker.com)
- ObamaCare and the “let it burn” theory of socialist collapse (humanevents.com)
Blog note: the articles above are a selection I made from several offered by WordPress for each post based on the text of what I have written. I don’t get a thorough preview, but often I’ll choose articles that look good and come from different perspectives. It’s fun and easy and interesting to see how effective text-based searches can be.