The conclusion that James Kunstler reaches at the end of his latest column is a great starting point for a realistic analysis of the flood of propaganda we are going to get on the subject of health insurance now that the Republicans’ Senate bill is public.
Here’s how Kunstler ended his article:
“Spare yourself the angst of even worrying about the outcome of the current healthcare debate. It’s not going to get “fixed.” The medical system as we know it is going to blow up, and soon, just like the pension systems across the country, and the treasuries of the fifty states themselves, and the rest of the Potemkin US economy.”
Keep in mind that roughly 27 million people were still uninsured with Obamacare. No reference will be provided for this number. Anyone reading this, if you question the number, is perfectly capable of typing into Google, “How many people were left uninsured by Obamacare?” Then you can read a variety of articles that explain why this is the generally accepted figure.
Some who were technically covered because of Obamacare had policies requiring a $5000 deductible when they did not have as much as $500 in the bank. That is, their insurance gave them no coverage for ordinary illnesses and injuries.
The point is, Obamacare did not fix the American health insurance business; at least, not for people previously uninsured. It did create new revenue for health insurance companies. The Republican bill will redirect this revenue, in the form of tax cuts, to wealthy people in general. That’s a large part of what is at stake in this particular issue.
The Republican repeal and replacement bill will make uninsured more than 20 million more people, who will (re)join the 27 million left out in the cold by Obamacare. When the fight is between the Democrats’ old plan and the Republicans’ new one, it’s between inadequate to cover the uninsured and brutally inadequate, not between good and evil.
That’s why the advice to not get upset by arguments between Democrats and Republicans about Trumpcare versus Obamacare is sensible. We know what could actually fix health care in America, and it is neither of these.