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Freedom, by which we mean…

December 26, 2010

It’s no secret that Republicans have been trying to gut the new Affordable Care Act, so they’re cheering a court decision that declares the individual mandate unconstitutional. The fact that it was their idea in the first place, going as far back as Richard Nixon, doesn’t matter, nor does the fact that they’re the ones who talked Barack Obama, in his bipartisan frenzy, into putting it in the bill instead of the public option that he promised and which we elected him to enact.

Their opposition to their own idea in a law passed by a Democratic president could be motivated by either cupidity or racism. Or come to think of it, depending on the individual there’s no reason it couldn’t be both. In any case, they keep using the word; “Freedom”, but likely they mean something else entirely. They just call it Freedom. Nancy Nall has the picture, and it looks a lot like a neon sign.

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  1. December 26, 2010 at 20:11 | #1

    Whoever came up with the idea, it was a lousy one. It’s based on an untested, and largely unexamined, assumption that “cheating”, only buying health insurance after one needs it for something like cancer, is going to cost insurance companies more revenue than that lost by the uselessness of their policies and their own unreliable behavior.

    We’ve done the mandate thing with no-fault auto insurance, and the result has been higher premiums, contrary to what was promised, particularly for people who have low incomes or have been without it. The insurance companies call the tune with the regulators, thanks to having so much of our money to spread around.

    Why anyone would think it will be any different with health insurance is beyond me.

    Whatever their motivations, the GOP, for once, managed to do something useful.

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