Contrary to conservative talking points, the Affordable Care Act is far from socialism
Although I’m aware that healthcare is a serious topic and a good number of Americans are in dire need of it, I can’t help but laugh when conservatives, Republicans and Tea Baggers refer to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as socialist. I got news for them, Obamacare is not a socialist program. In fact it is quite the opposite.
Speaking as a Canadian with socialized medicine I can tell you there is a world of difference between what Democrats passed a few years ago and what Canadians have enjoyed for fifty years.
Socialism is: “a way of organizing a society in which major industries are owned and controlled by the government rather than by individual people and companies.”
According to Greg Pason, the national secretary for Socialist Party USA; “The ACA program relies on private health insurance companies to manage health services. A socialized system would not include ‘health insurance,’ but would be an actual national health-care system which would be publicly funded through progressive taxation.”
Naturally, Pason is bang on. Anyone who lives in a country with socialized medicine could tell you the difference in a heartbeat. I’m certain most politicians in congress are aware of the difference too, even Republicans. After all, you could call Obamacare a Republican brainchild.
As a matter of fact, the ACA is closer to fascism if you go by Benito Mussolini’s disputed definition of it. “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.” Obamacare therefore, sounds right up Republican alley to me.
The Affordable Care Act is a program where private insurance plans are sold in a very competitive market. A competitive market that didn’t exist much before Obamacare came around. I understand that people can no longer be denied coverage, but they still have to shop for insurance and private corporations will still profit off their health.
In Canada, there are no insurance plans. I carry a card that guaranties me free health services wherever I go in the country, even though Medicare is regulated by the provinces with financial backing from the federal government. My taxes are a little higher sure, but I don’t have to go shopping and the only one who profits off my health is me. See the difference?
As a democratic socialist, I don’t like the ACA. On the other hand as a human being I understand the need for it. It’s much better than the status-quo and it does open the door to a single payer system down the line. If you are curious enough to dig deeper on the differences between universal care and the ACA, check out this article in the Globe and Mail.
Now, I’m not writing this to compare health care systems or brag in any way. I bet if you asked people with universal healthcare whether the United States is better off with or without Obamacare, the majority would say Americans are better off.
No, I’m writing this so that every democrat, liberal and progressive has something to send to their ignorant conservative rivals who persist on preaching the bull-shit socialism of Obamacare. The same people who would champion this law if only they were in office. It’s time to start putting to rest the lies the right-wing has been spreading for the last three years. Use it if you need it!