“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Healthcare Is My Third Rail

"Under Obamacare, the majority leader’s home state, Kentucky, experienced one of the biggest reductions in the rate of uninsured people of any state in the nation."--NYT

The beyond stupid sadism of this only has to do with the momentum behind the effort to destroy Obamacare: "a black man created a law, so thousands of Americans must now die." (About 29 000 per year it has been estimated, once they go back to being screwed by the insurance companies.)


John T. Maher said...

One agrees that healthcare should be considered as infrastructure.

And one agrees that Obamacare, though flawed because it set up an unwieldy artificial competition mechanism among networks, Potemkin Healthcare Exchanges, and restrictions on imported generics, buts still was the Landmark first step in the right direction that the Washington Post claimed. That said, it was doomed to failure unlike the current CA single payer ballot initiative model pushed by the California Nurses Association. until the neos attached an ideology of monetization to healthcare. Right now they are stuck in the cost to taxpayers and assault on sovereign right to involuntarily do without healthcare ideological aspect. If the neoliberal state is moving toward treating its citizens as captive clients, why not have universal healthcare as long as Trump's Pharmabros get their cut?

I disagree this is sadism. It is Eichmann level indifference to the affect of lack of universal healthcare.

Timothy Morton said...

Eichmann level indifference is precisely sadism.

I think it's automated sadism:

Paul Krugman,https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/30/opinion/understanding-republican-cruelty.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region&_r=0 "Understanding Republican Cruelty."