Some Thoughts On The Affordable Care Act And Socialism
The arguments for and against Obamacare are many, and has been probably the hottest topic to be thrown around for quite some time. One thought occurred to me this morning during breakfast: Radical conservatives rail against the ACA because it’s supposedly socialist program, as well as ostensibly a financial drain on this country. However, I don’t believe that these Ayn Randian zealots have stopped to consider something. The ACA may indeed fit within our capitalistic society. Think about it for just a moment: Many Americans who could not afford health care previously are now eligible to purchase health insurance at prices that are affordable to them. These people who previously could not afford trips to the doctor, as well as medical treatment and prescription drugs, now have options. Maybe I’m wrong, but the ACA is indeed creating a greater demand for all facets of western medicine. This is economics 101 folks. More people will be buying insurance, putting more money into the insurance companies pockets creating a need for more support in that specific industry. More people will be paying copays etc, toward medical care and prescription drugs, thus fueling a need for more doctors, more nurses, technicians and so on. Hell, the drug industry alone should be foaming at it’s mouth at the prospect of millions of Americans now able to buy their snake oil remedies. I have no specific numbers or proof to back up my thoughts, but it seems to me at least that this is common sense. You give the people more power to purchase a product or service, and demand rises, which drives up our economy in some way, shape, or form. Makes sense to me. I think the good far out weighs the bad.
As far as the argument that this is socialism in it’s purest form, my answer is so what? Whether die hard conservatives choose to accept it or not, our country is a dynamic blend of socialism and capitalism. What do they think paying taxes is? It’s socialism, plain and simple. We’re all putting some of our money in one huge pot in order to share in many things. The fact that we have the most powerful military in the world is because of socialism. We’re footing the bill for our militaristic imperialism. The police and fire departments? Socialism. National parks? Infrastructure? Socialism. Subsidies for huge corporations? Socialism. The very people who lead on a local, state, and federal levels? Socialism. It’s not just the petulant seditious tea-baggers who are footing the bill for these programs, it’s all of us. Like it or not, this is a socialist country, and has been for centuries. If it wasn’t for socialism, this country would still be a rag tag bunch of loosely aligned states, begging the French for money and protection. Think about that for a while.
Mark my words, Obamacare is going to be good for the economy, which means it’s going to be good for this country. Now if we could just do something constructive over some other issues that may be of importance. You know, stuff like improving our woeful education system, getting millions back to work, uplifting the chronically impoverished, maybe even improving our image to the rest of the world, which pretty much hates us. Yeah, that would be great. Thanks.
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