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Affordable Care Act Neither Affordable Nor Caring.

May 7, 2021

Inflation is measured in contrived ways, mostly to undercount it where it really hurts. Hence the housing and educational crises in the USA (and also in Europe: when France, and the rest of Europe, “deindustrialize”, this is caused, in part by the collapse of the educational system relative to Asia).

In the USA, healthcare inflation is gigantic. Somebody commenting Paul Krugman in the New York Times noticed:

Joe Arena from Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey wrote:

For the love of God, healthcare prices have been going up above and beyond the rate of inflation (5-6% per year), and a family insurance plan that cost $7,000 annually (just in premiums, excl. out of pocket) in 2000 now costs over $20,000 in 2021. Has anyone’s wages tripled in that span? Nope. How is there not more anger over this? Even from corporate America, who has to pay employer sponsored insurance…I would have expected a major call from them to solve the issue yet nothing. Why isn’t this discussed more???

I replied and Paul published my comment right away (!):

Healthcare price inflation is not discussed anymore, because Obamacare is venerated, and the official name of Obamacare is the “Affordable Care Act”. Those who do not understand that healthcare has become “Affordable” would be suspect, because they would systematically pretend to not understand  that Obamacare saved the US. Fortunately, most “Democrats” see that Obama has made healthcare “Affordable”, and thus without inflation. 

The real reality is completely different: the problem of basic healthcare in the USA is that it is all too much for profit, whereas it should be viewed 100% as a human right. Thus US healthcare costs 50% more than in comparable countries in Europe. Those 50% are pure profit for the few and the greediest. Once Obamacare was passed, US life expectancy went down. My brother in law died from a heart attack in a parking lot, because the first hospital he drove to refused to treat him at 2am. They had implanted a stent a few weeks before, but he was very poor. He died on his way to a less greedy hospital in cold Anchorage. 

Obamacare, or then Obama’s policies, were a disaster for US life expectancy. I am a registered Democrat but not one who lies to me and others. That the average Dem leader refuses to admit the truth shows they are not… democrats. They are DINOs, Democrats In Name Only, laughing loud all their way to the bank.

The problem with democracy in the US in particular, and the West in general has been that it will only progress if ideas progress, and that requires perceiving real reality.

I keep falling across philosophers singing the praises of Aristotle. Aristotle himself was aware of the problem of reality: he sent students to make an inventory of living species (there was a lot of confusion from myths and fossils). However in practical philosophy, politics, Aristotle was sure of himself: the universe was organized by a supreme being, the great fascist in the sky.

Aristotle said the Macedonian king Philip II of Macedon was good. It was a false problem to believe Philip was bad. Then Aristotle had to flee Athens to save his life.
Later Aristotle’s friend Antipater became the installer of tyranny in Athens, and ordered the execution of Demosthenes. Demosthenes said: “The easiest thing in the world is self-deceit; for every man believes what he wishes, though the reality is often different.”[Third Olynthiac, section 19 (349 BCE). ]
Demosthenes: “Whatever shall be to the advantage of all, may that prevail!”
Speech against Philip II of Macedon (351 BCE)
Why do we insist upon listening to Aristotle, as he contributed, perhaps more than anybody else, including Antipater, or even Philip, in destroying democracy? Aristotle had the power, the mental power to tell his friends, Philip, Alexander, Antipater, Craterus, how advantageous democracy was.
Aristotle probably could have persuaded them: Alexander was notoriously ambivalent about what to do with democracy and freedom, and did not want to use force against Athens.
However, Aristotle was much less in doubt: he called Demosthenes a politician. In truth Demosthenes was an advocate of democracy, and Aristotle a good friend to his best friends, the Macedonian tyrants, many of whom he had taught himself in person.

One of his friend, a fellow who was not too bright, was sent to arrest Demosthenes, who had taken refuge on an island off invaded Athens. The friend had been mandated by the fascist Macedonians who occupied Athens. The not so bright fellow conversed with the philosopher, who, knowing he faced torture before execution, thanks to the executor of Aristotle’s will, Antipater, was carrying poison. Demosthenes took the poison. Aristotle had been dead a couple of years, by then, but this was his greatest victory, the victory of monarchy over democracy.

Telling the truth to power, the possible truth to power, is the essence of democracy. But talking is not enough. But talking is not enough. One needs a society opened to listening. The case of the Affordable Care Act is typical: if one is for progress in the US, one is not supposed to criticize it, if one does not want to be called terrible names, and then cancelled.

Democracy is not just an institutional system. It has to be more than that. It has to be a mood connected to the open society. And what that society has to be the most open to is intelligent, tolerant debate.

Patrice Ayme


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