Obamacare

So I’m way behind on my posts; I have a post I’m working on on Pixar, as well as one on the Target hack, but for this post I wanted to write about the contentiousness around Obamacare.

I’m on Obamacare myself; I’m self-employed, so I went through Obamacare to get my insurance. It kicks in this month, so we’ll see what happens.

This issue on the whole is so complicated, it’s hard to know where to begin, except for one fact: “America is the world’s only rich country not to have universal health care” (Economist, March 29, 2014: 27). I saw an info graphic on Facebook theoretically about a happy Danish woman who supports higher taxes to pay for her social services. How are we supposed to think about this?

The logical way is to always try to avoid falling into the diamond dealer trap: do you want the yellow diamond or the diamond with black spots? Neither, of course. So the diamond deal here is, do we want better services and higher taxes or keeping the broken system we have now and keep taxes down? Obviously the goal of Obamacare is to avoid this trap: you won’t have to raise taxes to cover Obamacare if more healthy people sign up and pay premiums. Will it work? It’s too earlier to say now, but the projections sometimes look grim.

The truth though is that there is nothing we can do to fix something without correcting the intention behind it. If Obama’s real intention is to help more Americans get health care, then most of the results should be positive. If the intention though is to maintain a broken system where health insurance companies can make tons of money and deny health insurance claims, then the rich will get richer and the poor will continue to get poorer.

Consider Obamacare,
It will help Americans,
Because more of them will get insurance.

Test #1: more Americans do have insurance. Test #2: if more Americans get insurance, it must help them? One of the comments in an article above discusses how a woman’s son, vomiting blood, didn’t go to the hospital because the Obamacare plan he chose had a $5k deductible. Test #3: If something doesn’t help Americans, it must be because it didn’t help them get insurance.

But what about:

Consider Republicans,
They should fight against Obamacare,
Because it doesn’t help Americans.

Test #1: it helped me; I got insurance for the first time in years. Test #2: if it doesn’t help Americans, they must fight against it. Or #3: if the don’t fight against it, it would help Americans. This one fails all three tests, I think.

So what should we do? Ideally, sit down and work together with the intention to help the most people.

Consider Obamacare,
It will help Americans,
Because we want to help each other.

Test #1: do we really want to help each other? Test #2: if we want to help each other, must it help Americans? Yes, if you accept the first law of seeds. Test #3: If something doesn’t help Americans, must it be the case that we didn’t want to help each other? Yes, the results of our actions are always dependent on our intentions.

So how do we fix Obamacare? It would have to start with us all wanting to help each other. What a strange concept.

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