samuelmetz commented on Architect of Obama's health care plan fears a 'political' decision by the Supreme Court, says Romney's lyingHealth care LEGISLATION becomes health care REFORM when it provides universal lifetime access, reduces health care costs, and improves public health. The Affordable Care Act, even with an intact mandate and working perfectly, leaves millions of Americans uninsured and many millions more underinsured. It will increase costs by compelling the purchase of more private health insurance policies. And it will not improve public health because it still leaves poor Americans the unhappy choice of spending their last dollar on food or on health care. The Affordable Care Act is not reform. It was creation of the insurance industry lobby (Elizabeth Fowler) to protect the health of the insurance industry. It does this admirably. It compels all Americans to purchase products from a for-profit industry and compels the government to purchase those products for them if Americans find them unaffordable. It will not provide universal care, reduce costs, or improve health. President Obama will not be the next FDR; he will be the next Jimmy Carter, a politician so principled that he leaves a legacy of ashes and the faint memory of good intentions. Dr. Gruber says the ACA is not as good a single payer system, which proved itself around the world and even within the US as the best way to provide universal cost-effective health care. He is correct. Scrap the ACA and get a health system that Dr. Gruber endorses: single payer.
Posted on November 25th, 2011 8:59pm