the fear and aversion by some of socialized medicine is astounding. those against obamacare have written here it’s socialist, takes away from free choice, will raise costs... but at least on paper, it’s actually the opposite. it will stir more free economy, offer more choices, especially to the disenfranchised, and lower costs, saving trillions of dollars over the next few decades.
i’m not a socialist but let me tell you what it is. socialism, like capitalism, is an economic system, not a political one. someone here argued fearfully that obamacare invoked the united socialist states of america. huh? would you say united capitalist states of america is any better? both sound silly in this context. they’re economic forces.
both, socialism and capitalism coexist in balance here in the united states and are dynamic forces that make things go. if you take one, or the other away, the system would grind to a halt. socialism has been around a long, long time in this country. the united states is both capitalist and partly a socialist country. to some degree or another, the government has always gotten involved in the economy: the railroads, the homestead act, the power grid, the interstate highway system, the internet, and the space program which is now leading to private enterprise in space. these are products of the government creating markets or meeting demand, and then getting out of the way to allow capitalism to work. most in the usa wouldn't call this socialism. they would call it good governance.
in the case of medicare, the older you are, the less insurable you are. in a free market, in which government coercion is completely absent from the exchange of commodities and securities, the elderly would die sooner. that's how markets work and this is why we have socialized medicine to protect those that need it the most.
another kind of socialism is what libertarian republicans approve of. socialism for corporations and the rich. corporate welfare is often wrapped in the rhetoric of job creation.
so those of you that scream the loudest that obamacare is socialist and fear losing free choice need to be more honest and educate yourself. more americans after reviewing what obamacare really does are liking what they see and the approval rating is rising.
good article here in the new york times dispelling some of the myths of obamacare:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/16/opinion/keller-five-obamacare-myths.html?pagewanted=all
another way to look at is would be this way. we’re talking about managed care where insurance companies can’t gouge you or deny you care. the system is better regulated. it’s not a bunch of government run hospitals. you’re not going to be shipped in cattle cars to a government run hospital and examined by masked cold and sterile looking people wearing white lab coats with ‘u.s. government’ printed on their lapels.
people scream they don’t want government involved in anything. but consider this analogy. we have no smoking laws to protect those that don’t smoke. i’m sure many of you wouldn’t want to sit in a restaurant while someone in the booth next to you blasts the tuba and farts nonstop. it’s just not cool. second hand smoke is just as annoying to many so we have regulations. a lot of people are too stupid to wear seatbelts so we have laws saying wear them. people like to drive and text or talk on the cell phone and most can’t multi-task and drive safely so more laws are being enacted to protect people and stop cell phone use while driving.
there are people who argue that the free market, corporations, can regulate themselves. but that’s like saying the wolf can guard the chicken coop. corporations are about profit. they don’t fucking care about protecting the chickens, that’s not their job. they want to eat them. you need an impartial regulator and it’s not corporations. this is where government is needed for some regulations. a balance.
verizon recently tried to censor the internet. they wanted the power to decide what sites their subscribers can visit and preferably regulate searches and redirect them to verizon controlled interests. another example of why corporations don’t really care about your personal freedoms. what verizon was trying to do is worse than china.
there is another thread that popped up on the gorums about illegal aliens... aliens are being demonized for all our woes. know what? corporations are hiring them. and you can vote with your feet and not go to burger king or mcdonalds or patronize any business that hires and exploits low paid undocumented workers. that’s free trade. ironically, the ones that scream the loudest for less government involvement want huge government controlled walls at the borders and more arrests and deportations. wtf? if corporations and people stopped using the services of undocumented workers, they wouldn’t come here. they aren’t here for the health care i’ll tell you that right now. they’re here for jobs. and while i’m on a rant... stop buying illegal drugs from dealers and the problem with mexican drug cartels will go away, too. markets are created by demand.
i liked this piece from bill maher... if obama is a socialist, he’s a lousy one.... ha ha loved it!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AIIEG9yhZ4http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AIIEG9yhZ4