Remember A Few Months Ago?

13 Feb

I stated that the Passing and implementation of The Affordable Care Act was a good first step towards Universal Health. I said that I believed that the cost to employers and their unwillingness to co-operate with The Act would push us ever further in that direction.

I received several comments disagreeing with my opinion; which is cool; and I don’t mean to say that this article will magically make you agree with me but you must admit that if the GOP are seeing it and admitting it; I just might be right.

If so then Bravo. The achieving of a good, Universal Health System is the only good reason I can see for a bill as complex as Obamacare has needed to be.

The need to do the “Capitalist Dance” is an obstruction to Justice for all but by “doing The Dance”, My President will force that clear and obvious answer on even the blind Republicans.

So please read this article. It is short, but long enough to contain the undercurrent of excitement in Mr.Willies words.

THU FEB 12, 2015 AT 09:11 AM PST
Congressman warns that GOP attacks on Obamacare will cause a favorable outcome
by Egberto Willies

A Chinese proverb comes to mind—”He who seeks vengeance must dig two graves: one for his enemy and one for himself.” Ed Schultz asked Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) whether the Republican bill to redefine full-time work in the eyes of the Affordable Care Act to a 40-hour week would have a severe impact. McDermott’s answer was thoughtful and reflected what many feel will be Obamacare’s ultimate great outcome.
“Well I think if you take in the big picture, Ed, this is in the longterm good for us. Because they are driving us towards single payer. Employers are trying to get out of participating in the employer mandate. They don’t want to provide for their employees if they can get out of it. So they are all playing all sorts of games. And ultimately this 40-hour week thing means everybody—people are working 38 hours or 35 hours—they are not going to have to offer them health insurance either. They will come in to the subsidized exchanges and be a part of the federal system. I think we are moving to a system where business is trying to offload their responsibility for the health of their workers.”

Ed Schultz responded that companies are racing to the bottom for taking advantage of Obamacare in some states even as they attempt to stymie their responsibilities under Obamacare.

Jim McDermott then got to the core of the issue. “I really think that the whole question here of whether we are going to have 40-hour weeks is whether the employers want to give health insurance to their workers or not. In my view they don’t,” McDermott said. “We are talking about middle-class folks who are working 24 hours a week in two different jobs to hold on to their house and their family and their education. They are struggling like mad. And we are not getting any help from the Republicans.”

That last sentence from Rep. McDermott is important. When you hear many falsely criticize Obamacare for creating a part-time economy or that the Obama job market is full of the underemployed, remember that last statement. Irresponsible employers are using plutocracy-inspired government regulations to tailor the workforce to minimize the benefits corporations must give to their employees. It is a dereliction of civics and citizenship. It is for this reason government, “we the people” must force politicians with the power of our vote, not the power of not voting, to effect middle-class-centric policies. Single-payer healthcare, Medicare for all is just a start.


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3 responses to “Remember A Few Months Ago?

  1. List of X

    February 14, 2015 at 22:24

    I agree that Republican efforts of dismantling Obamacare will probably eventually lead to the universal healthcare system. However, I think that letting Republicans dismantle it will just lead to a disaster, because tens of millions of people will lose health insurance, even many of those who had it through their employer before Obamacare bill was just being written. And while those millions of uninsured will put pressure on politicians to come up with the solution, the Republican party proved quite capable of withstanding the public pressure even on the issues that have over 80% popular support, like some gun control provisions.
    And just as there is no big lobby money in supporting gun control (unlike NRA and gun industry opposing it), there isn’t any big lobby money in supporting universal health care either, while health insurers and hospital systems will be lobbying against it. At least gun control issue tends to flare up whenever there is a mass shooting, while people dying from lack of insurance never make the news.
    So I fully expect that if Obamacare is gone – or at least the exchange subsidies reviewed by the Supreme Court – it will not be replaced by anything, at least not for a decade or two.

    • angrymanspeaks

      February 15, 2015 at 11:01

      I’ll admit that the scenario you detail is another possible outcome but I hope and I expect a better one. Lets hope I’m right. Either way I don’t expect we’ll either of us get much satisfaction from being right.

      I can’t imagine that the leaders of the Democratic Party who planned and pushed this legislation haven’ t considered all the possibilities and have an idea that the outcome will be favorable. Perhaps they see what you do and have accepted the harsh reality as a necessary step to UH. Or perhaps they have seen something else. Perhaps they know something about DC that we are not privy to. There are certainly enough secrets there to keep us busy for life. I don’t know. But I still have hope for this initiative. Which is sort of strange as I normally tend toward a more bleak outlook. Hmm. Well time will tell. Thanks for commenting. I value your opinion as I hope I have expressed. I won’t offer a wager or anything rash like that. This is likely too close to call.

      On Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 10:24 PM, angrymanspeaks wrote:


      • List of X

        February 15, 2015 at 17:27

        Yes, let’s hope you’re right.
        I think Democrats mainly went with the current law (mandate + subsidies) because they were expecting the Republicans to vote for essentially Republican plan, and single payer plan would’ve probably lost at least a few Dem votes.


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