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.
He may be right. The Dems have been quite outspoken about their expectation that Obamacare is just one step towards single payer medical care by basically putting government bureaucrats in charge of everything.
As a sole proprietor (other than my donated time to a charity clinic), I have thus far been successful in keep government, and insurance companies, out of my practice. However, I do not know how long that will be practical - or even legal.
Obama has now set his sights on taking over colleges and universities the same way, by starting to make speeches on how he is going to make college education "affordable" and how institutions that meet the "quality" standards of the government will receive assistance, and others won't.
This is totalitarianism, folks, implemented step by step.
The ego-mentality of caregivers becomes clear once a 'no insurance' position has been stated. $ are the purpose for their business, caregiving a necessary byproduct. Many degreed MD's in other parts of the world accept donations from wealthy and poor people alike: pay what is possible for you - your well being comes first. Somehow people don't abuse this.
As for Jim, what is there to say? In comparison to all the developed nations in the world, his reactionary believes are viewed so 19th century. Sharing is a dirty word, yet these are usually the same people who diligently attend church, but don't get the connection. Insincerity is a sign of ignorance.
I think it could swing either way, depending on how many people will believe the spin that Obamacare failed b/c of the big, bad insurance companies being greedy and companies being greedy.
Because that is how it will be described by the Obama administration. He will state that they fixed the insurance problem, but the insurance companies jacked up rates to try to squeeze more money out of these new, vulnerable customers who didn't understand the insurance plans they were buying. And that companies were being greedy by dropping insurance, reducing hours, kicking spouses off health plans.
If the majority of America believes this, the elections that follow will tell us all we need to know. If they don't believe this, people will vote for a Republican majority in 2014 with the hope they can halt this law in its tracks.
My biggest worry now is that health insurance rates will go so high that my husband's employer will decide to drop spousal coverage. Scary.