I am honored that many people shared their thoughts in reply to my post. Here are some takeaways from the comments:
- Doing something (the Affordable Care Act) is better than doing nothing.
- Supporting the Affordable Care Act without questioning it is careless and partisan. Likewise, rejecting it without considering it is careless and partisan.
- Calling it “Obamacare” ensures that some people will thoughtlessly support it, and some people will thoughtlessly reject it. Whoever coined the name likely anticipated that.
- No matter how you look at the issue (or which “side” you choose), the insurance companies look like the bad guy.
- The insurance companies need more oversight.
- For some reason, the health insurance industry is not a free market. There is no market pressure on prices.
- Some people with extensive knowledge of The Affordable Care Act believe it could end up disastrous. Either they are being contrarian or alarmist, or the act really could cause serious problems for the quality of health care and for the economy of the nation.
- Conspiracists suggest that this Act is designed to fail (cost more than the nation can afford, lower the quality of care, generally be complex and unworkable), so the country will therefore be forced to go to wholly socialized medicine.
- Other conspiracists suggest that this Act is designed to fail, so that more people end up poor (there is greater inequality)… which has been the intent of all action of the past decade.
“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” – Winston Churchill