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US Health Care's Individual Mandate Ruled Unconstiutional

Discussion in 'Tilted Philosophy, Politics, and Economics' started by Derwood, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. I wish that were so as well. But, currently, those terms carry a social and political stigma that perverts their true meanings, just like the Soviet Union's way of life was mislabeled as "Communism." Society fulfilling its obligations to itself should not be demonized.
  2. Baraka_Guru

    Baraka_Guru Möderätor Staff Member

    The degradation of the health care reform into an insurance scheme with elements deemed unconstitutional is a result of an ironclad conservatism at the root of American culture. What was initially a nation built on the idealism of liberty and justice has now become a nation bent on maintaining the status quo, even if it means taking to mainstream reactionary tactics such as demonizing socialism in general, welfare in specific, and even liberalism wholesale.

    I understand the opposition to the mutated legislation that they're currently facing. However, the opposition to a universal health care system, whether publicly funded or not, is indicative of class warfare in which it is one's aim to prevent the access to even the most rudimentary health care, which, to many people, is considered a basic human right.

    After all, what benefit can one derive from liberty if they are limited by the inability to remain healthy?
  3. MSD

    MSD Very Tilted

    A large portion of our population believes the myth of the American dream. Social mobility in the US is incredibly low and only falling, yet people are conditioned by the upper classes to believe that they'll be rich some day and therefore should hold the interests of the rich above their own. This is largely due to the fact that money buys media access, and compounded by the fact that this heavily funded media access by the right wing has allowed them to polarize and mobilize their base far more effectively than the left.

    The American "welfare" system has long been a way to placate the lower class just enough to prevent them from outright revolting without permitting upward social mobility, even simply to the point of equality.