Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Recommended Reading

As of today, the Affordable Care Act goes from hypothetical to experiential, meaning a lot of the theatrics of the last year (government shutdown, anyone?) mean even less now than they did before. That said, as Michael Moore (whose '07 documentary Sicko makes him no stranger to matters of health care) explains in a New York Times op-ed, just because the law is now here to stay doesn't mean that what we're getting is all it could be. Says he:
I believe Obamacare’s rocky start — clueless planning, a lousy website, insurance companies raising rates, and the president’s telling people they could keep their coverage when, in fact, not all could — is a result of one fatal flaw: The Affordable Care Act is a pro-insurance-industry plan implemented by a president who knew in his heart that a single-payer, Medicare-for-all model was the true way to go.
No arguments from me on that score. It's a law built on subsidizing the private marketplace with federal dollars, which makes Republican opposition even more tone deaf and ridiculous given their loyalties. But as Moore goes on to state, many of the law's innovations mean the difference between life and death for a whole lot of citizens, so while what we have isn't perfect, it's worth building on and refining until we -- hopefully! -- get to a place where we have universal coverage for all. Read the whole spiel here.

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