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Ever since the passage of the ACA the GOP, corporations and various lobbying groups have been waging a non-stop war against the evil, socialistic Obamacare. And now we have a massive news dump of people shocked, shocked I tell you, that people are not signing up.
Think about this. For nearly 4 years there has been an onslaught of negative news about something. Even if that isn’t all the news about it it is a large percentage. If 50% of what I hear about something is negative chances are I am going to avoid it. If I am thinking about going to see a movie, and then while looking at reviews at least half of theme are overwhelmingly negative, there’s a good chance I skip that movie. This is what has happened to the ACA. Heck, there have been news reports where people have ticked off all of the actual elements of the ACA, the things that make it work, and unless the word Obamacare is mentioned people like the idea.
And what’s not to like? If you are a free market type this is a huge boon for private insurance companies. The ACA is not single payer insurance, it does not socialize insurance. The most ‘evil’ thing it does is require that you have health insurance, and uses taxes to enforce that requirement. But what that does is force people who might not have insurance to get it. And if these people are employed (or self employed, or independently wealthy) where are they going to get that insurance? From private insurance companies (unless they are legitimately poor.) So this is in reality a huge boon for private insurance companies because their pool of paying companies just increased.
I know this is over simplifying things, but these are the high points.
But this is not the story we hear in the press. All we hear is that this is a socialistic government power grab. And then we hear how Congress, specifically the House, has devoted 40+ votes top trying to abolish it. And then people are surprised when people don’t rush to sign up? Again, this is like people being surprised when a poorly reviewed movie fails to do well at the box office, even if it is a fantastic movie.
So, if you are not covered by a company plan, you need to sign up. Because you do have to get insurance one way or another. And once people realize this, and get that insurance, and then get sick, they will realize what a Big Fucking Deal this truly is.
This is not Sparta, this is the United States of America in the 21st Century.
We live in a supposedly enlightened culture, the ‘pinnacle’ of Western Civilization. We can ‘speak’ to people on the other side of the world instantly. We have all the knowledge of the world at our fingertips. We have the medical technology to keep people alive longer than ever before and in the face of what were considered deadly diseases.
We live in a country governed by the rule of law. If someone wrongs you there are multiple resources and options to overcome that wrong in a court of law. We do not have to rely on brute strength or force to protect ourselves from our fellow man (the majority of the time.)
And yet we have developed a national fetish for celebrating ‘warriors’. If George Washington could see this he would cry. No longer do we celebrate citizen soldiers, instead we have developed a warrior class. And we celebrate the concept of the warrior.
We call our professional athletes warriors. When all they are is glorified gladiators. Entertainers who are paid very well for their work.But these are not warriors. And calling them that demeans the word warrior, and sets them apart. Which makes it okay in our minds for them to act differently and for us to treat them differently.
Which is how you end up with the NFL hazing issue. We put these men on a pedestal, call them warriors, and then are surprised when they act like ancient warriors.
And this leads to other problems, eloquently described here by one of my favorite sports writers. Again, this is another consequence of treating these athletes as ‘warriors’.