Like so much else we’ve been hearing from Government officials over the past many months we find we’ve been misled, at best, and lied to, at worst. No one believes a single thing the NSA says these days, yet the deceptions continue. Why? They ain’t fooling anyone, except maybe themselves.
The lack of trust is palpable and is leading to a deepening cynicism toward government. This is going to be one of the saddest legacies of Obama’s administration.
If you clicked on the link about you know that the malevolent missive was deleted. But we were able to snag a photo of it before it was removed. In case the photo doesn’t come up on your device the message is short and nasty: “I am thankful this week when I remember that America is big enough and great enough to survive Grown-Up Trayvon in the White House!
I am thankful this week when I remember that America is big enough and great enough to survive Grown-Up Trayvon in the White House!— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) November 26, 2013
But the President’s concession is still dangerous because it opens the door for Republicans to argue that people ought to be able to choose whatever health insurance policy they want — next year and beyond. Not only would this undermine the minimum standards in the Act. It would also enable healthier people to leave those who are sicker or with pre-existing health problems behind in the new federal system. The obvious result would be to drive up premiums and costs of the federal system so high it couldn’t be maintained. Remember: The Act requires insurance companies to take people with pre-existing conditions and bars them from dropping policies of people who become seriously ill. Republicans have never supported this. They apparently don’t give a damn about these people, and don’t want healthier and younger people to have to subsidize them. They prefer social Darwinism, survival of the fittest.
Democrats are showing once again they have the backbones of banana slugs.
The Affordable Care Act was meant to hold insurers to a higher standards. So it stands to reason that some insurers will have to cancel their lousy sub-standard policies.
But spineless Democrats (including my old boss Bill Clinton) are caving in to the Republican-fueled outrage that the President “misled” Americans into thinking they could keep their old lousy policies — and are now urging the White House to forget the new standards and let people keep what they had before.
And some congressional Republicans are all too eager to join them, and allow insurers to offer whatever crap they were offering before — exposing families to more than $12,700 in out-of-pocket expenses, canceling policies of people who get seriously sick, failing to cover prescription drugs, and so on.
Can we please get a grip? Whenever industry standards are lifted — a higher minimum wage, safer workplaces, non-toxic foods and drugs, safer cars — people no longer have the “freedom” to contract for the sub-standard goods and services.
But that freedom is usually a mirage because big businesses have most of the power and average people don’t have much of a choice. This has been especially the case with health insurance, which is why minimum standards here are essential.
Yes, the President might have spelled this out a bit more clearly beforehand, explaining that 95 percent of us aren’t in the private insurance market to begin with and won’t be affected, and that most of the 2 percent who lose their lousy policies and have to take better and more expensive ones will be subsidized.
But right now the President needs all the political support he can muster to hold insurers’ feet to the fire. Democrats should stand firm for a change.
Notice how Dr. Reich doesn’t talk about the function (or lack therof) of the healthcare.org? Good for him - this is the real issue.