We all know that but have you really thought about why and just how much of a Progressive Victory; Obamacare or The Affordable Care Act truly is?
Let me explain.
The American people have been suffering under the rule of the Right-Wing as regards Health Care for as long as there has been Health Insurance.
They have been allowed to suffer and wither away once they become ill because health insurance companies refuse to cover people who are ill.
According to the Right-Wingnuts who run these farcical corporations; this was the only way to insurance costs low for the republicans who deserve to live; ignore the rest of us whom they believe do not.
They have been subject to random rejection; refusal to pay for valid procedures and many other indignities instituted by the Right-Wing slugs who own these companies.
Well over thirty million Americans were unable to afford any health coverage and/or were not able to buy it even if they could afford it due to the self-serving tactics of the Corporations.
So; along comes Barack and; though it took some doing and it set the Republicans to whining and crying like a dog shitting Peach seeds; our President was able to achieve a major victory for the American people and the Progressive Movement.
The victory however was not so much “Obamacare” or the Affordable Care Act.
The victory was far more impressive and has the Right positively cutting themselves and gnashing their teeth.
First it was a victory for the obvious reason that it provides the way for millions upon millions of Americans (real Americans not Republicans with money who already had over the top insurance for little money and were perfectly content to let the rest of you die early and painfully) to buy health insurance.
BUT second; it started our Nation on the road to Universal Healthcare where all citizens are covered by the same level of coverage (as it should be). This will happen because as the Republicans are well aware; it would be a political “Hindenburg” for the Republicans to see the Democrats give thirty million people insurance; and then take it back when they get the power. Dynamite. Absolute political Nitro.
BUT; Obama care is far from perfect. It still leaves 17% of the people without insurance though I admit; I am not sure who comprises this 17%. It still requires the people to individually purchase their insurance from the same “Parasitic Insurance Corporations” they always had to deal with; if allowed.
It has the Republicans crying about how their costs have increased and God knows the Republicans can’t stand for that just because it saves the lives of millions of people.
Did we forget to mention that they would have to pay more? I don’t think so. I have a quite clear memory of the president stating with Crystal Clarity that the wealthy would need to pay a bit more so that all Americans can benefit. This of course; is anathema to the Right whose greed knows no bounds and whose lies and deceptions of the people are legend.
And what is the only viable answer to these left-over problems with the system?
Universal Healthcare; naturally.
Yes; it seems that while the U.S. Congress led by the Republicans has been doing its best for the past six years to fight every plan the President has proposed for anything; The President; Barack Obama has proven himself to be a political genius.
He has out flanked and out maneuvered the Right at every turn. He has given us Obamacare and a clear path to Universal Healthcare. He has done this so that the Republicans have no road back to the old system; and don’t you ever believe The President didn’t know this would be the eventual outcome of Obamacare.
He knew. He knew how to get the job done. Even though he has had a relentless, ongoing battle with The House, SCOTUS, the right wing religious nuts and many Members of the Senate as well as the Fascist elements who are still to the right of the Republicans forever lurking in the shadows waiting for that Reichstag moment.
Obamacare, same sex marriage, and a healthy economy after the decades of Republicans destructive policies of greed.
And Man; are the Right-Wingnuts pissed. They rant and they sputter and they double up on their lies but that’s because they know. They know the truth that Obama; A black man has outwitted and out maneuvered them into the tightest corner available where they will likely be nailed to the wall and forgotten if there is any Justice left in this country because they way out is blocked by the will and the power of the American people.
So to the Republicans we say, ”Be gone you foul, wretched beast. Back to the slime from which you crawled on the day of the worlds beginning. We know who you are and what you represent and we will no longer tolerate your obstruction of laws and bills that benefit those you have disenfranchised and marginalized.”