The north was not 100% rid of slavery during the Civil War and in many areas where it was abolished life was not much better for black people than in the South, and in some places actually worse. North and South both got rich off of free or essentially free labor of blacks during that time (and child labor). The areas in the North that was not using black people for essentially free labor were the states that had a black population of about 1% and made laws to ensure it stayed that way. Yes the North eventually made their cause about abolishing slavery, but the did NOT want the free blacks migrating North, and made it abundantly clear that they were not welcome there (some even enacting laws to prevent them from migrating to their States). They wanted to free the slaves, just wanted them to stay in the South once they were freed. White supremacy was an American problem even during and immediately following the Civil War and even today racism and white supremacy is not just a southern problem. The KKK and CCC both have active branches in most of the states in the northeast and rust belt. Slavery is an abomination, but to often we get so caught up in the institution of slavery (North mostly abolished/ South had a lot), that we slide past the actual treatment of black people and society's beliefs of white supremacy on both sides of the Mason Dixon line. Yes some southerners re-write history , but so does a lot of Northerners and historians that are trying to pain a patriotic view of our nation's history. Good guys and bad guys. World is not like that. The real world (and therefore our real history) is grey.
Is it ironic that people keep saying "The war is over get over it" but when you say the flag represents heritage all they talk about is the Civil War? The flag has come to represent something different to many of us over the course of the last 150 years.
Yep. And I remember when he tried to illustrate his awesomeness when he said he beat up 4 guys with knives wearing nothing but boat shorts to save some woman. He says he won yet somehow ended up with like 20 stab wounds laid out on the ground while the guys got away. I said "that doesn't really sound like winning" i am 98% sure that story was bullshit. TRD was the best
That is one of the major reasons the public option was so very important as a premium cost cutting mechanism. That is also why insurance companies lobbied so hard against it. For this very reason. The public option should be on the table again right now but there isn't much of a political appetite to have that fight again by the democrats with the election coming up. But... you know. Socialism and all.
If we just "got stuff" from the government premiums would not be going up. It depends on what you describe as being successful. If success is maximizing profits than you are right governments won't do as well as private sector. And the private sector still controls their insurance companies. This is still private sector's insurance companies, it just has new laws that it needs to follow. But if success is getting more people access to health care then it is a success. Tens of millions of people now have access to health care they desperately need. That in itself is a success. Before people with pre-existing conditions (the ones who need healthcare the absolute most) were left out to be ruined by their health or the cost of their treatments. That is not a success. And the fact that claims went up (NOT healthcare costs, but claims) shows just how much this act was needed.
Nice heartfelt post. I mean that sincerely. But I want to talk about the bolded part because it is a major point of difference between me and you. Because the Civil Rights Act does exactly that, and is not preferential treatment. You have a constitutional right to life right? But if no laws were made to prosecute murder do you have that right at all? Can you sue someone for a violation of your right to life after you are dead? No. So to protect those rights and incentivize society to not deprive people of their right to life we have created laws against murder to punish people who violate that right. In theory you seem to think that since you have a constitutional right to life you shouldn't be murdered and therefore you don't need murder laws, and that society and community should resolve murder by shunning it and not have the government codefying with a morality bludgeon new laws against murder. And to do so is "faith by the sword". Civil Rights is no different. It is a protection of rights. Even though minorities may have constitutional rights, if there is no remedy for violations of those rights than they have no rights at all. Civil Rights protects all classes including white and Christian. It isn't preferential treatment it is codefying protection of people's rights so violations of their rights are actually actionable.
Except the "weird expense" for the insurance company in this case is actually paying more claims. If insurance companies make more than 20% profit off of the premiums then you actually get a rebate check. Also energy companies have local monopolies so there is no competition to keep prices in check. Just government oversight. It is possible that insurance companies cook the books in order to justify hikes and I worry about rate increases not getting proper scrutiny when requested, so those are fair concerns but at least with insurance there is competition.
You don't think there was anything wrong with our health care system in the first place?
I fail to make the connection. Energy companies have local monopolies and part of ACA is that it caps profits on premiums. 80% of premium revenue must be spent on health care payments.
As the ACA is implemented there will be adjustments but eventually rates will stabilize. Insurance companies can request rate hikes but that doesn't meant they will get them. Anything over 10% has to be justified to a commission. It shows how important this law is. There was obviously pent up demand for health services that were not available or not affordable before ACA. The rate increases are a result of people getting the health care they desperately need. That is a good thing