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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Fight Over Obamacare: An Exercise in Futility

Note: this is a guest post written by Brandon Chillingworth, the managing editor of the Daily Moderator.

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My favorite comedian is Chris Rock. His bits are always funny, cerebral, and in a way deeply logical.

He has this joke about being liberal vs. being conservative, and he concludes that 'no normal, decent person is one thing'. (Warning: the video below is NSFW due to adult language).



When you really think about it, that makes a tonne of sense. How can your mind be made up on issues before even knowing what they are? You've decided everything that the other side does is wrong before you hear them out.

That doesn't make much sense....

Which leads me to the main point of this story: Obamacare.

I published an article about the Republican v. Democrat squabble on health care, which in summary, reminds me more of children fighting than it does world leaders affecting legislation.

I'll give you a rundown of the main events:

- Obama tried to get Republican support before he passed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), but not a single member of the GOP would back him. He pushed it through a majority Democratic government anyways.

- Trump is going to repeal Obamacare, and they're going to replace it with something that will have a similar goal. He's going to push it through a majority Republican government.

Obamacare might die, but it's looking like it will still leave its mark on American health care. The 'law of the land' now is that every American citizen needs to have access to health insurance

Republicans have hated this idea for years, but they've come around to it. They realize part of their voting base gets insurance because of Obamacare, and don't want to risk potentially alienating those votes.

Summary:

Democrats want healthcare for everyone

Republicans want healthcare for everyone

Democrats will strongly oppose any health care bill that the Republicans propose

Republicans will strongly oppose any heath care bill that the Democrats propose

Conclusion:

It makes absolutely no sense.

Both parties want the same thing, but neither wants to work together to make it happen effectively. This is all so they don't have to seem like they publicly support anything that their opposition does.

It will be a messy affair, and the tires look like they will continue spinning in the mud for at least the next four years. Cooperation is the fix, but neither side looks like they're ready to hold hands just yet.

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This is a guest post from Brandon Chillingworth, the managing editor of the Daily Moderator.
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  1. I don't think Republicans want healthcare for everyone.

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    1. I think, in general, they do. They just want it to be done through the private sector.

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