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This is not about the decision itself, but about some reactions to it.

Supreme Court Health Care Decision: Americans Angry About Obamacare Tweet About 'Moving To Canada' ... I would disbelieve it, except I saw it with my own eyes on Twitter. I doubt that they came from people who thought that "Obamacare" did not go far enough and they want a REAL health care system like Canada's.

But from the land of one step too far is this: Former GOP Spokesman: 'Is Armed Rebellion Now Justified?' ... really? Really? Think very carefully when you start talking about an event that would cause as much upheaval as that, Mr. Davis. Your romantic notion of the happy days of coonskin caps and flintlocks vs. the hated redcoats may not be all that applicable here.

These are ridiculous stories. They remind me that the left sounded pretty ridiculous in 2000 and 2004 when we lost the presidential elections. (Though, to be fair, I don't think any former Democratic Party spokesmen were raising the issue of armed revolution.) We Americans, in general, don't seem to have a very good sense of perspective. All is lost when something turns out different from how we want. Maybe we should turn from hyberbole as a regular rhetorical device and just get real.


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Jun. 29th, 2012 10:06 am (UTC)
What is it makes the Republicans are so against universal healthcare? Are taxes going up or something?
Jun. 30th, 2012 05:26 am (UTC)
First, they are against everything President Obama tries to do, because their main goal is to regain the presidency. The Republicans have done quite a few things that are, arguably, motivated by their own reasons and not the good of the nation. This is shown in the fact that the Affordable Care Act is largely designed by Republicans from a few years ago, and is very similar to what Mitt Romney got passed when he was governor of Massachusetts -- yet they oppose it.

Opponents call universal health care "socialism" and, since we fought the Cold War for so long, they can't get that notion out of their head. This package isn't anything like universal but it is a potential step in that direction.

Some oppose the "mandate" that all must buy health insurance if they can at all afford it; this infringes on an individual's right to choose the risky path of not being insured (but having more cash). They don't explain what they think would happen if something unexpected and catastrophic would happen.

The ACA is supposed to actually cut expenses; taxes don't go up per se, but the requirement to buy insurance or pay a penalty is a sort of a tax (so the Supreme Court said yesterday).
Jul. 1st, 2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was a Labour government which founded the NHS in 1948. The Conservatives have been trying to destroy it ever since.
Jul. 2nd, 2012 03:16 am (UTC)
Raising taxes has become absolutely unthinkable. Budget deficits? Layoff teachers. There definitly is a war on women, education and the environment.
They label the mandate thing a tax -- great, it got it thru the conservative activist court -- but it seems to me that fines are charged all the time for legal violations [dumping toxics, OSHA violations, fishing without a license, etc].
I don't like the mandate because it forces business to the insurance companies. Insurance overhead is one of the reasons Healthcare is more expensive in the US and our healthcare dollars shouldn't be going to insurance executives.
Jul. 8th, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
I said that too about being forced to do business with the insurance companies -- not that I don't have insurance from a major company now, but that forcing everyone to do so was sure a big win for big insurance. But a Canadian friend explained that their public health system was based on the private insurers, just with a lot of governmental regulation (apparently). Insurance is probably the only way to pay for people who have huge bills, even though it affects the ones who don't. So I've kind of made my peace with it. It is a problem for people who don't think they have the money for insurance but aren't poor enough for Medicaid, though. It'll take a while to work that out.
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