Obamacare journey has begun

    Obamacare is a godsend for millions of Americans previously discriminated against by the health insurance companies.  Policies canceled because people got (gasp!) sick.  People denied coverage because of “pre-existing conditions”.  A majority of American bankruptcies caused wholly or in part because of catastrophic health care costs.  

    Given all that, why is Obamacare the incredibly complex pro-insurance-industry plan that it is?  It is, remember, a Republican plan, designed by the Heritage Foundation and implimented in Massachusetts by then-governor Mitt Romney.  It will funnel billions of dollars to the health insurance companies.  The answer:  It was the only way, politically, to start to move toward universal health care.  Not one Republican supported this Republican plan, and no Republican alternative has been proposed.

    There is a movement in Massachusetts to set up a public option there.  Vermont will set up a single-payer system in 2017.  The battle for truly affordable health care for all Americans isn’t over.  It has just begun.

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