So Obamacare was upheld by the Supreme Court. And now we'll get the obligatory back slapping from the Democrats and pitchfork waving from the Republicans. And we'll hear about how it's the best thing since sliced bread and how it's written by Satan himself.
Thank goodness I don't have television and won't be tempted to watch the 24/7 news people drag this out even further.
As I said before, I fully support a mandate that everyone have health insurance. Yes, I realize this puts me at odds with many many many of my Republican friends, a few of which are even now unfriending me. Such is life. Call it a tax, call it a mandate, call it an edict--I don't care. What I do care is that I shouldn't have to pay for someone else's shortsightedness.
When I go to the doctor or the ER, it costs a lot of money. Fact. My insurance pays most of it. Also fact. If you don't have insurance and go to the ER (because emergencies happen, you know), it still costs money. If you can't afford it, they don't turn you away. They still treat you. But the bill doesn't magically disappear. Someone has to pay it. That would be me, through my higher health insurance costs.
This is not fair.
And yes, I realize life doesn't have to be fair. But in this instance, it can be. I see one of two options. Either only people who have insurance or are independently wealthy can use the ER services--in which case the ones without insurance can just heal their broken bones or their cancer or their whatever all on their own--or everybody pitches in and pays for it. You don't want insurance? Fine. Don't have any. But chip in so that I don't have to cover your cheap hide.
(Friends out there who are against Obamacare--tell me why you are. Be specific. Don't talk about "liberties." Explain how not having health care wouldn't essentially tax everyone else. Tell me why I'm wrong. I'm open minded. I'll listen. But I'm doubting you can convince me.)
It also is far from just and fair that the only people who get access to health care are those who are employed full-time, and that the quality of that coverage varies wildly based on what specific employers are willing to pay for. I have writer and artist friends who would love to have health care, but they can't afford it. That needs to change.
So I'm all for this passing. If this election were solely about health care, I would be scared stiff of how hard nosed the Republicans are about this topic. I completely disagree with them, and when Romney boasts about how fast he'll repeal Obamacare, I really worry. Get rid of it, and replace it with what? The old broken system. We can't be playing a big old health care hokey pokey game where you grant it to people one second, then yank it away the next, only to give it back later.
I hate politics.
That's all the energy I have for this topic at the moment. Maybe I'll add more in the comments.