The Promise of Affordable Health Care

English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Prot...

English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House Español: Barack Obama firmando la Ley de Protección al Paciente y Cuidado de Salud Asequible en la Casa Blanca (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The initial roll-out of Obamacare‘s insurance exchange has been plagued by problems. It makes me wonder about what could have been. We will never know how things might have been if we had come together as a country to help people like me who could not get insurance from the private market.

This country has done great things in its history by everyone pulling together for a common goal. Affordable health care could have been one of those things. Instead this ideal has been sacrificed at the altar of political power. Republicans preferred scoring political points against a Democratic in the White House. Their supporters have cheered them on.

Our current mode of operation in this country is to battle each other rather than to co-operate. I fear this spells decline for our nation unless we the citizens  wake up and change course.

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  • Jim Wheeler  On October 31, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Indeed, there appears to be no middle ground between the two parties, and nothing better demonstrates this than, as you say, the serious opposition of the GOP to the ACA. This is ironic because the structure of the ACA is of Republican origin, having been originally conceived in the Nixon administration and brought to fruition in Massachusetts by Mitt Romney. Democrats of course would have been much happier with the public option or a purely social system like Canada’s, but the opposition was too fierce.

    The adversarial nature of our politics is likely to intensify unless, as in WW II and the Cold War, a large external threat impels cooperation by patriotism. Nothing like that is on the horizon. The partisanship is unstable because of gerrymandering. Who knows where this will end?

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