Does “Liberal” Reform Still Work?

Posted on February 3, 2011 by

I tend to agree with conservatives judges that Americans shouldn’t be forced to sign up with big health insurance companies.

But these rulings could form the basis of a supreme court case which will weaken essential federal health, safety and environmental laws.  So I’m stuck supporting the “individual mandate.”

I would have been much happier defending the “socialistic” public option.

Republicans have a field day each time a judge tears into the “Affordable Care Act.” That triggers my resentment toward democrats and the white house for settling for such a feeble reform in the first place.

Stripping the mandate from the plan, we’re told, blows the whole thing apart and forfeits pre-existing condition and other protections.

As a result, health reform advocates are boxed in while Americans have no choice but to buy coverage from insurance companies notorious for their thievery.

Are marginal measures like this worth the political cost?

Financial reform is another example.  It has some important features but does nothing to stop the banks and investment companies from concentrating their power.

Then there’s the Obama administration policy to “incentivize” hiring.  Decades of deregulation and deunionization have eliminated all meaningful leverage over corporate employment practices.  Communities and workers have been erased from the equation.  Now we’re supposed to believe that companies can be enticed to “create jobs” through tax breaks. 

But enough for now.

I just wanted to get a few things off my chest before I came back around to my real mission:

Offering loyalty and full support to our president and his party.

Comments (3)

 

  1. There are those of us who still support real socialist legislation on health care, i.e., the Dellums National Health Service Act which was proposed by then Rep. and now Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums and co-sponsored in the Senate by former South Dakota Senator James Abourezk. The NHSA would have established a locally controlled, regionally organized, and centrally financed health care system. The local boards of health care facilities would have been elected, 50% by their communities and 50% by their workers on a one person one vote basis.

  2. Cathy Deppe says:

    While the big banks are reporting big profits again, they are also fighting back against the credit card reform which cost them money. The news today is that banks will drop “free checking” for those without substantial amounts in their accounts.

    My Rancho Federal Credit Union does not intend to change their “free checking” policy” – I asked them. Good thing – where else could I go?

    Loving my credit union more every day.

  3. “We will rise or fall, as one nation. Yes, we can renew this spirit long after the celebration.”

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