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The reason that conservatives aren’t proposing an alternative to Obamacare

If you go to the Heritage foundation website, they’re throwing everything they have against Obamacare. “Everything they have,” if my nonscientific I’ll-read-all-I-can-before-I-vomit sampling is any indication, comes down to three things:

  1. Some people are quotably scared of Obamacare. Which is not exactly surprising after a multi-year smear campaign (remember “death panels”?).
  2. It’s the thin end of the wedge for true single-payer healthcare. I wish. God I wish. Better results at lower cost? Oh noes!
  3. Some bad things (like people’s choice of doctors being limited, which has been the case for me with private insurance my entire adult life) will continue happening once Obamacare is implemented, and this is somehow the fault of Obamacare and will be forever from here on out.

What Heritage doesn’t give is an alternative. Which is no surprise. Obamacare is their alternative.

That’s what not enough people are saying: The system embodied in the Affordable Care Act was thought up by the Heritage Foundation—the very same Heritage Foundation that’s smearing it today—as an alternative to a single-payer or government-run system (which, by the way, work better than our current private system ever will.)

So, conservatives said, in essence, don’t try single-payer, we have a way to make our current system work. Obama said okay. Then they fought him every step of the way, and now they’re going to shut down the government rather than see him get the credit for its success, modest as that success will be.

This is why we can’t have nice things.

Once Obamacare is operational, I’m interested to see what happens next. Do Republicans try to take the credit after all? Do they keep smearing it even as it works? Do they admit they were wrong about something?

I’m not holding my breath on that last one.

1 comment to The reason that conservatives aren’t proposing an alternative to Obamacare

  • Hello ! I am french et I am reading your graphic novel “Economix”(in french): il est brillant : bravo !
    I hope I can read a similar book in BD on the French and European economy.

    As for Obamacare, it is a happy initiative, although still modest, but normal in Europe(l’opposition des Républicains s’explique mal, sinon pour des raisons idéologiques et peu rationnelles selon moi): an alternative, although still modest compared with what exists in Europe, in front of a system (of private insurances) expensive, inequitable and ineffective, which you describe in your book.

    Merci à vous et bonne continuation !


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