Since I am not that paricularly fond of the affordable care act in the first place it is hard for me to get overly worked up about its fairly obvious resolution. In reality the whole opposition to the thing has really made me lose all semblance of faith in a large segment of the population. The fact that so many people could be persuaded that a national health care system was something that was somehow not only unamerican but a danger to the moral fabric of our country is just unfathomable to me. I am fairly sure that the implementation of national single payer health care plans began in skandinavia in either the late 1910s or early 1920s, and I think canada has had theirs for at least 30 or 40 years. National health care is something that is enjoyed by the population of nearly every first world country across the globe, and not only does a substantial percentage of America’s political and media culture proclaim that it would destroy our society, 30-40 percent of our population believes them.
Americans should be pissed about the Affordable Care Act, but they should be pissed because it is not an opt-in single payer system, which would be much cheaper and easier to manage. There are plenty of good things about the AFA, but with the Supreme Court decision the best thing to come out of the whole mess will be that it is now established that the Federal Government can constitutionally create national health care policy, which will hopefully pave the way for a national single payer health care plan. That is pretty optimistic, but hey, it would only be great for our economy, our national morale, our GDP, the national debt, and pretty much everything except for the profit margins of a few insurance and pharmaceutical companies that have been exploiting the welfare of our nation for years to increase their profit margins to levels of oil-industry excess. If you want to talk about the benefits of market competition, nothing would bring a little balance to the health care industry like having to compete with a government run public option that is based on providing quality care at a minimal cost to everyone. Its not like people with money won’t always pay for exclusive services, the existence of public schools still hasn’t eliminated the private ones, and we have no reason to believe health insurance would be any different.