The vote that would make or break the healthcare deform bill unfortunately passed. As stated in previous posts, we stand firmly against this bill that amounts to nothing more than a giveaway to the insurance industry, as we believe that it will do more harm than good in both the short and long-term.
There does remain a slew of persistent myths about this bill. Take a look at this list of myths and their corresponding truths. Universal healthcare, it's not. Equitable, it's not. Affordable for most people, it's not. Cost-saving, it's not. Simple, it's not. And so on.
Unfortunately, the otherwise staunch progressive Dennis Kucinich now supports this bill, even though the already weak public option has been jettisoned. And Obama struck a deal with the anti-abortion Democrats (such as Stupak) to gain the crucial extra votes needed to pass the bill.
The TSAP supports truly universal, single-payer healthcare for all Americans, similar to what currently exists in Canada. Anything less would be uncivilized. We believe that healthcare is a human right. This bill, however, is a major step in the wrong direction, and in many ways will be worse than the status quo.
Fortunately, the worst aspect of it (the individual mandate) will not take effect until 2014. You read that right, it's four years from now. Thus, there is technically still time to fix the bill's numerous flaws if Congress wishes. But there is probably a snowball's chance in hell of that happening as long as we keep electing spineless Democrats and reactionary Republicans. Voters this November should take note, and throw out the leftovers.
Otherwise, we can look forward to spiraling healthcare costs, people being forced under penalty of law to pay exorbitant premiums, more bureaucracy, higher taxes, larger budget deficits, and little to show for it all except richer insurance companies and more IRS agents to bully Americans into buying their fundamentally defective product. We're all officially serfs now, except the rich of course. This is an outrage and must be fixed ASAP!