November 19, 1863
The only known photograph of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
But if you are younger, and juggling priorities which may include rent or mortgage payments, grocery bills, saving for retirement, and college fund planning for your children among other things, health care planning may “temporarily” take a back seat. You may be reluctant to put it back there but it might appear reasonable to do so because of the generally good health younger people enjoy. If your employer provides a health insurance plan, the problem is solved (although not necessarily for your whole family), but these days, it seems no job is a permanent career position, and who knows what health plan your next job will offer, if any, and therefore, employer-based benefits are no longer a given.
Let's get something straight. Liberal Democrats have always wanted a single payer plan for everyone, as we have with traditional Medicare. Other Democrats have wanted regulated private insurance company plans, as we have with the the Affordable Care Act, but supplemented by a "public" (government as the payer) option as well. Republicans have always wanted a health plan for everyone using private insurance companies exclusively, but with coverage mandated for everyone. That's what the Democrats have given us in the Affordable Care Act, basically the Republican plan. This leaves the G.O.P. with no alternative but to complain and obstruct what would have been their alternative plan if the more liberal Democratic single payer or public option ideas had prevailed. Each day the G.O.P. and its mouthpieces on Fox News reach new heights of hypocrisy.
Plans meeting ACA minimum standards provide families with real coverage
(But returning to the ideas I dwelt on two postings ago, if the Affordable Care Act is to succeed in enrolling millions of people, a much greater emphasis should have been put on non-internet pathways to enrollment. Purchasing health insurance "on line" is a pipe dream the "techies" have sold the government. Just as you have purchased your life, automobile, homeowners or rental insurance from a person, over a desk or table, so MUST it be with the ACA. Mr. President: When was the last time you purchased insurance of any kind exclusively through a web site?)
The only really "sincere" opposition to this program comes from those in and out of government dedicated to reducing all government spending so that additional tax revenues will not be needed. It cannot be denied that the Affordable Care Act may involve some tax increases, primarily on the very wealthy in the highest tax brackets.
That is the crux of any and all opposition to it.
So the anti-Obamacare furor you hear these days isn’t about health care or health insurance. It isn’t about Americans losing their liberty or freedom of choice. It’s all about perpetuating the tax-protected status of the wealthy. Check that out with Grover Norquist or Jim DeMint. They know.