I write to comfort conservatives who bemoan the Supreme Court's decision that "Obamacare" is constitutional and pop the optimistic bubbles of liberals.
The idea for the mandate that all individuals must buy insurance originated at the ultraconservative Heritage Foundation. Until President Barack Obama adopted it, it was the favored GOP concept.
Had the Affordable Care Act been struck down, health insurance moguls would have lost the premiums of 30 million new conscripted "customers." This is socialized corporate profits, not socialized medicine.
So, conservatives, be happy, shut up and buy health insurance company shares before they are priced out of reach of your ever shrinking non-union, corporate-friendly wages. Corporate capitalism prevailed.
And for you still-watery-eyed liberals, the buy-or-be-fined mandate is just one more government-forced transfer of wealth from the poor and working classes to the wealthy investor classes, facilitated through tax revenues. This is the only kind of socialism allowed in America.
The universal mandate was the insurance industry's pivotal demand, on which hung every agreed-to compromise to their high-profit, limited-service business model. There are good things in Obamacare, but overall it further consolidates the financial sector's control over U.S. health care-delivery rationing. The 1 percent won.
Clee Paul Ames