"Regardless of how the court rules, the sad reality is that the ACA won’t be able to achieve universal coverage. It won’t make care affordable or protect people from medical bankruptcy. Nor will it be able to control costs.
The ACA is fundamentally flawed in these respects because, by design, it perpetuates the central role of the private insurance industry and other corporate and for-profit interests (e.g. Big Pharma) in U.S. health care.
In contrast, a single-payer system – an improved Medicare for All – would achieve all three goals mentioned above: truly universal/comprehensive/lifelong care, affordability, and effective cost control."
Exactly. The fact is that what’s touted as Free Market Capitalism (in this case, operating through Big Insurance) really just FREES society’s predators to mug the rest of us.
And in response to Space cadet’s statement:
“If the human race survives to live a two hundred years from now, historians will look back on this era with astonishment at how easily the 99% surrendered to corporate fundamentalism.”
Note how he turns the issue of Big Insurance’s grip over U.S. policy into an indictment of every day people.
This is another example of a “logic” that either is CODE for some think tank’s messaging–in turning the problem of Big Insurance around into that of people who merely surrendered; or that of the warrior mentality.
It is mostly the warrior that identifies with structures of power that specialize in the use of FORCE to coerce the compliance of citizens.
This is the logic that–if followed to its natural conclusion–blames the slave for being a slave, “surrendering” to slavery, and blames the rape victim for “surrendering” to the rapist, and blames the civilians defeated by overwhelming martial force, for “surrendering” to the more muscular military invaders.
Essays, genius, will not be written to blame American citizens. They will be written about the old powers using banks, courts, religious houses of worship, corporations, and politicians to enforce the WILL and WISHES of the 1% unto the 99% around the globe. And they will go on to tell the story of the chains, being wrapped too tight (Austerity) led to a global revolution with Humanity at last putting aside its long HIS-tory of pharaohs, kings, czars, presidents and other assorted tyrants.