As guest poster Moorcat wrote recently, “the ACA does have real problems that no one seems interested in talking about or even recognizing. Everyone is so focused on the brainless drive to repeal/defund it because it is “evil” or to defend it because it is politically sound to do so.”
Michael Moore is not one of those people. He had an op-ed in the NY Times this week points out some hard truths about the Affordable Care Act.
For example, that instead of blaming drug companies that charge $90,000 annually for leukemia medicine or health insurance execs who make $102 million a year for the high cost of health care in the U.S.–democrats bought into the myth that the problem was caused by “people going to get free colonoscopies and chemotherapy for the fun of it.”
That Obamacare was an idea from the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. It was Romneycare–and all the president did was “put lipstick on the dog in the carrier on top of Mitt Romney’s car.”
To be sure, Moore points out that some people will be helped by the new law –but that it is up to us as progressives to bring the kind of true health care reform this country really needs.
According to Moore, there are things states can do that don’t require approval from the worst congress in American history–things like what’s going in here in Montana:
Montana came up with another creative solution. Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat who just completed two terms, set up several health clinics to treat state workers, with no co-pays and no deductibles. The doctors there are salaried employees of the state of Montana; their only goal is their patients’ health. (If this sounds too much like big government to you, you might like to know that Google, Cisco and Pepsi do exactly the same.)
There are other solutions too,the public option and of course single-payer. When it comes to the ACA, as Moorcat says, “It is time to stop talking about what CAN’T be done and start talking about what MUST be done to fix it.”