The minimalist in me makes this particularly hard. I've seen posts on Facebook, hundreds of them already covering the gamut. Yeah! Healthcare! Booo Socialism! and some who obviously have zero fucking clue of what it means either way.
The Dems see this as a win. The repubs see it as a loss, although I guarantee someone is thinking up some shit to use it as political ammo to oust as many dems as possible in upcoming elections.
Apparently nothing happens until 2013, except the rise in personal taxes. But for simplistic reasons, let me just throw out what it really means.
- The US Government just took control of 1/6 of the nations economy
- This bill was passed to "help" just around 10% of the population
- The Dems tried (I'm not sure if it was successful yet) to get this legislation passed without ever being able to be overturned or reversed.
We lost today. Democracy literally took a back seat to politics and big business. In a Democracy, the majority is supposed to rule. On this issue, it didn't. The majority of US citizens were against this bill, yet it passed.
Listen, I'm not against affordable health care. I wish it for everyone. I agree it should be a right. I've been convinced. But this is not going to be what everyone thinks it is. Nothing much will change unless you are already a member of the welfare class. The policy you have will stay the same. You will pay more taxes. Your premiums will not go down. Your service will. Doctors will become less available. A new system will be built privately for the wealthy, driven by capitalists who see a need, and demand, for specialized care, afforded by those who want it, and will and can pay for it.
This will only cause more problems as those who don't have will cry bull shit. I really view this as yet another step in separating the classes even further. The middle class is dying. This will only help to widen the divide between classes.