Friday, September 20, 2013
Don't get debt ceiling issue mixed up with government shutdown; GOP House goes through motions of defunding Obamacare before shutdown
Well, here we go taking sides again. Friday morning, the House voted to defund Obamacare as part of the resolution to keep the government running after Oct. 1. Of course, it will fail quickly. Ezra Klein weights in on this, following up on Dionne’s op-ed yesterday, in the Washington Post today, here. Klein does a pretty good brushup on the facts about the Affordable Care Act. Klein, on the Wonkblog, argues that GOP plans, with all the portability and the like, won't take care of a lot of the uninsured.
I caught a TV ad, didn’t note the name of the sponsoring org, which confused the government shutdown (Oct. 1) with the debt ceiling limit issue (about Oct. 18). I won’t belittle the fact that some people, especially some federal employees, get put out by a shutdown – in fact, part of my quitting Census in late 2011 was related to not wanting to be a pawn of someone else’s political agenda. The potential calamities from a real government default in late Oct. can affect many more people. It is true that Social Security has more legal aces up its sleeve to keep paying benefits than Democrats admit – but it is the value of assets itself that matter if the dollar collapses as a reserve currency if the government can’t pay bills already run up or keeps printing too much paper money. (It that sounds like Porter Stansberry, so be it.)
My point in mentioning the ad, is that organizations never get all the facts right. That’s why I don’t expend much effort supporting them and am not very loyal anymore. Mixing up the government shutdown with the debt ceiling is a big “error”.
For those ideologues who don't want the government involved in helping less well people get insurance, what do you want? To let them die? For family members (regardless of having children) to have to be responsible? For the rest of the public to pay higher bills to cover them? Be specific. Balanced plans provide coverage in countries like Switzerland and Germany without being too paternalistic. What's wrong with this? True, insurance should be portable.