Originally Posted by osmium
God, you people are stupid as hell. There is no reason to even attempt to explain the changes they actually made and how it isn't socialism at all. You can't follow a logical progression of thought. You didn't follow and don't understand our legislative process if you think republicans didn't butcher it completely because they didn't cast a final vote for it.
Let me explain health care to you.
Health care in America has been screwed up for decades. Elected officials looked the other way and allowed the health care industry to do pretty much whatever they wanted. Regulation is basically a joke.
They waited until people were desperate and willing to sell their souls to "fix" health care, and pretty much looked the other way as the health care industry bled americans dry.
Look around you. Americans are desperate and want a solution to health care. They don't want to think about it, they don't want to understand the issue. So, they do what people in this situation often do -- they give up their privatized health care industry to direct government control. Having your government directly control something means its 'socialized'.
What they don't understand is that many industries in America have been socialized in the past. In many cases, socialized industries were much, much, worse than their privatized equivalents. The telecom industry was socialized for decades until it was privatized in Reagan's era.
Do you know what a socialized telecom industry looks like? Exorbitantly high fees. Can't own a telephone -- you need to 'rent' one from a big company that has a government sanctioned monopoly over an entire industry. Poor service. Everything is super expensive. No market competition. No industry advancement.
Government sanctioned monopolies are all about helping big business and making small businesses bankrupt to give one entity, company or corporation control over said entire industry.
Now, listen to Volkmann. He says Obamacare made things infinitely worse for him being a small business owner. That's what the health care reform bill is about. Its about killing small health care businesses like Volkmans and giving some big, greedy, corporation a monopoly over virtually the entire industry.
The government says they're going to "fix" health care. But, they didn't do shit to fix it in previous decades until Americans everywhere were desperate enough to support anything -- no matter how dumb or ridiculous a solution it may be.
I hope people can see past the headlines and realize many of these issues are all about money.