Archive for April, 2012

Health Insurance ≠ Health Care

April 4, 2012 3 comments

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is currently hearing arguments for and against the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. The arguments have mainly centered around the constitutionality of the individual mandate that would require all individuals to purchase health insurance or to pay some sort of penalty. The arguments against the individual mandate concern the right of the government to force people to buy insurance. They through around buzz-words like “freedom” and “death panels.” The arguments for talk about the number of uninsured, the number of medical bankruptcies and the role of the government in providing for all of it’s citizens.

To be frank, I am against the Affordable Care Act. Many of you, knowing I’m pretty progressive, might be asking why I would be against such a progressive bill. The answer is that this is not a progressive bill. The rest of this post will lay out the reasons why this bill should be opposed by both sides of the aisle as well as discuss a more amenable alternative.

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