Some great comments from today's NYT article about Obama's reversal. Prepare for lulz.
Stand fast, Mr. President. This too shall pass. This will be your legacy, and is one of the most important of the past 100 years.
Don't let wimpy Democrats dictate to you! It's their problem, not yours. You didn't "lie," in the sense of deliberately doing so for greedy means, as the Bush Administration did -- and don't let that label stick to you! Republicans are the ones who lied, who got us into Iraq and caused hundreds of thousands of deaths -- not you.
What is really frightening about all this is that because of the flawed roll out of the ACA, the President's approval rating has dropped, people in his party are turning against him, and the Republicans will have more ammunition to use against any progressive legislation that might benefit the American people. Biased and uninformed voters will support politicians that rail against this law, and their anger might carry over into the 2014 and 2016 elections, handing the Senate and perhaps the White House into radical conservative hands, guaranteeing America's plunge into a new Dark Age. These same voters will gleefully shoot themselves in the foot, while ignoring the Republican obstructionism and seditious behavior that caused the government shutdown and wants to turn this country into a pure theocratic plutocracy. I hope I will be wrong about this.
While the Obama administration struggles with this contraption it created to placate the insurance companies and the free market above all else mentality that exists in this country, it's interesting to note that Medicaid - the government-run system - is signing up large amounts of people in the states where Medicaid has been expanded. It's really great that many more poor people will now be able to see a doctor at the first sign of illness rather than wait until it's basically too late. At some point maybe we will evolve as a country and accept a single-payer system as the best way to go on health care access and financing. Until then the rest of the uninsured and underinsured will just have to continue dealing with the problems of our current convoluted machinery.
If 50 million had no electricity and 100 million Americans were one light bulb click away from bankruptcy, there would be riots in the streets. With 50 million uninsured and 100 million under insured, no one in congress or the administration seems to care. A waiter in a restaurant in Canada or a young entrepreneur can get pneumonia and doesn't have to worry about anything. If a waiter or an solo entrepreneur in America gets pneumonia without health insurance, they either die or go bankrupt.
American health insurance companies ensure neither quality affordable health care nor quality insurance for most Americans. With no real product to sell, the private health insurance industry would fail to exist without hundreds of millions of dollars in direct and indirect payments to the elected officials in the Congress, state legislatures and the administration. In turn, private health insurance corporations are exempt from nearly all Federal regulations, malpractice suits and anti trust laws. Congressand the Administration give these companies $100's of billions of Federal taxpayer subsidies a year, which they remove 30% for their execs, shareholders and bondholders.
After 40 years of market and medical failure, America needs to cut out the middle man and move to single-payer national health insurance for all Americans with private doctors, hospitals, clinics, therapists and drug companies competing capitalistically based on the quality of medical, surgical and preventive outcomes.