To point out the obvious on today’s Supreme Court Decision on the ACA
Roberts voted how he did because health insurance companies are absolutely desperate for the money they will get from the mandate. All of the legitimacy arguments are bullshit, about 70% of Americans opposed the mandate.(pdf) This is more similar to TARP than anything else: it is a massive corporate giveaway, opposed by the majority of the population, and passed over their dissent.
Watching so-called progressives shilling for forcing people to buy shitty insurance to subsidize health insurance companies has been another example of why I don’t call myself a progressive. Yes, a few people’s lives will be saved. The cost will be many lives destroyed.
Update: to make the other obvious point, that government can force people to buy largely unregulated corporate products is an important precedent for the oligarchy.
Update 2: to point out more obvious which apparently isn’t:
- Roberts struck down Medicaid expansion, which means he closed the hole to creeping single payer
- the ACA is a subsidy from the young and healthy to the old and unhealthy.
- The subsidies to help buy insurance (which are insufficient to begin with) will nonetheless quickly become one of the biggest budget items, and will be taken away in the future.
Change: Changed from 70% oppose Obamacare to 70% oppose the mandate, link added. The mandate is what progressives wanted upheld. Note the deafening silence on the fact that medicaid has been screwed—the part that helps the poor most.