[Note: at the time of publication, the government shutdown had not been resolved.]
First, the name: The linkage of the man and the concept is at best a kind of cynical shorthand; at worst, the manifestation of political profiling. President Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal” was not termed “RooseveltDeal” and President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” did not suffer the moniker of “JohnsonSociety.” A quick route to today’s national mood is the automatic contextualization of an important moral discussion (accessible health care) into the persona of a twice-elected national leader.
If all this were a surgical procedure, the patient would have died before anybody washed their hands.
Both the concept and the man are marginalized by the term and, meanwhile, healthcare remains hampered by business interests and the American legislative process is the most recent organism dumped outside an emergency room.
If all this were a surgical procedure, the patient would have died before anybody washed their hands
I’m not sophisticated enough nor sufficiently experienced in the statutory culture—or in economic science—to really know if the Affordable Health Care Act is affordable or judicious or even realistic in the American socio-economic structure. I know that, as a member of the working class and a partner in a diligent, professional middle-class couple, that our hard-earned income has been incrementally and vigorously siphoned by taxes for years now—at unprecedented levels and via skyrocketing “brackets.”
I also know that if this health law (and it is the law) doesn’t function well, something else has to because what we have now is terminal. It’s not because what France or Canada has works. It’s because what we have doesn’t.
My heart is unequivocally with the need—no, the right—of every citizen to receive adequate health care in what is understood to be the greatest country in the history of the world. My head tells me that this nation is not fiscally able to manage such a thing; the cosmic deficit, the interminable wars, the dripping greed of the business elites combine to make my head hurt with the sense that my heart will be broken. Still, I yield to my heart and refuse to believe that America is as poor in compassion as it is in math.
But to shut down an entire government when everyone knows it’s about Obama caring—this is an atrocity, a willful drama of unfettered hubris and moral perversion. The action has nothing to do with values and everything to do with egos.
If this was really about health benefits, it’d be vulgar enough. But the truth of the matter is that it’s not about Obamacare. Perhaps it’s more a matter of Obamadare. Either because they are nobility and he is, well, something else, or maybe they are cloistered in advantage and he actually labored very hard to get elected twice, handily, they are just determined to make us all sick while they get their complimentary medical visits, robust gym privileges, and unassailable pensions.