Published: Sunday, Dec. 1 2013 12:00 a.m. MST
@RedShirtCalTechfas·cism noun1. an authoritarian and
nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization. "It has the government directing what and how the insurance industry is
to offer their products."How dare they set minimums to protect
the ignorant!Like minimum safety standards for:AutomobilesFoodDrugsBanksIndustryClothingMachinerySchoolsBuilding codesYep, that's fascism alright.
To "Happy Valley Heretic" you got 2 industries correct. You realize
that there is a difference between setting safety standards and dictating the
loan standards at banks. Safety standards protect the public. Lowering loan
standards puts more people in danger.Just look at your list. The 2
most regulated industries, banking and insurance, are also the most disliked.
Don't you think that it is a co-incidence?I don't know
where you get your definitions, but it is quite incorrect. According to
Webster's Dictionary fascism is "a political philosophy, movement, or
regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the
individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a
dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible
suppression of opposition" That doesn't exactly sound right wing,
unless you start at Communism, then I guess you could call it right wing because
it is to the right of outright communism.
It would be interesting to know -- of the people who have actually enrolled and
paid a premium,How many of those are getting a gov't subsidy, and is there
going to be be enough hard working people to sign up to pay for their premium.
To Redshirt: What I am trying to stress is that for many people that don't
want a single payer system, the ACA is that. If it's not that to you, that
is your right. Whatever it is, it is here with the good and the bad. The website
certainly had it's struggles, but it is up now and I have personally got
health insurance on it for the first time in seven years. Because of the
struggles, people who need it have until March 31st. I know from having been a
health insurance worker that open enrollment is hard, and it couldn't have
been predicted how hard it would be to enroll the nation's uninsured.
It's easy for a person that has insurance to say that they don't like
it, but it's not accurate to do so because they don't have it. I wish
everyone well with their insurance experience and I know that the ACA experience
will improve over time. I'm glad it's here and look forward to having
insurance again.An ACA Volunteer
To "Kimber" what you should be asking youself is this: How often does
Fascism work out for the best? Eventually there will be deaths, and it will be
government officials allowing it to go on. In this case it probably won't
be like WWII Europe, but it will be a government official saying that the
government cannot pay to keep you alive, and that the resources will be better
spent on somebody younger.
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