We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Obamacare so far is a political flop and shows ominous early signs of being a policy misfire as well. The benefits don’t seem to measure up to the hype, more people are going to lose their existing insurance, premiums are going up and the impact on the deficit is going to be worse.
This is a horrible piece of legislation — as misbegotten and useless to its friends as it is menacing to its enemies. The question is: why? Why did the blues write such a bad law? Why, given a once in a lifetime chance to pass a program that Dems have longed to achieve ever since the New Deal, did they craft a sloppy mess that nobody understands and few admire, and then leave their law so unnecessarily vulnerable to constitutional challenge?
The answers tell us much about why blue progressive thinking is losing its hold on the body politic — and why blue methods generally aren’t working as well as they used to.
Reading that Mead taught at Bard College, I looked it up. It was ranked second most liberal college in the US. I wonder if Mead doesn't run into some pushback from his colleagues? And given that Bard recently merged with the Longy School of Music with its unionized faculty, I wonder how long before money becomes a problem.
The way can be answered by a big clue in your next one. Mandating comprehensive coverage turns in from an insurance issue into a wealth redistribution one. It is about getting rich people to pay for poor peoples health care. Period.
You ask why the Obamacare legislation is such a poorly crafted badly written mess. I suspect it's because all the experienced Democrats in Congress didn't want to work that hard to craft a respectable easily understood bill. S they left the drafting of the bill to the Congressional aides, with their shiny new degrees and their unshakable confidence that they know everything. One thing they left out of the bill, which may return to bite them on their nether parts. All legislation is usually drafted with a clause to the effect that if part of the bill is subsequently revoked, it does not invalidate the rest of the bill. The young Congressional aides left this out.
This may work out well for us, if the individual mandate is declared un-Constitutional. Then the whole bill may automatically be revoked, invalidated, thrown out. Whatever.