Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The only solution is single payer

I'm busy doing a fair-and-balanced news story about today's action at the Supreme Court, which means I don't have time to "go long" with outrageous left-of-Karl-Marx commentary* on the decisions, including the Hobby Lobby case in which the narrow conservative majority among the Supremes ruled that corporations can't be required -- under Obamacare -- to provide contraceptive coverage for their employees. But I will throw this out there, quickly.

The only solution is single payer

Demonstrator react to hearing the Supreme Court´s decision on the Hobby Lobby case outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014. The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Demonstrator react to hearing the Supreme Court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014. The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

I'm busy doing a fair-and-balanced news story about today's action at the Supreme Court, which means I don't have time to "go long" with outrageous left-of-Karl-Marx commentary* on the decisions, including the Hobby Lobby case in which the narrow conservative majority among the Supremes ruled that corporations can't be required -- under Obamacare -- to provide contraceptive coverage for their employees. But I will throw this out there, quickly.

This is just the latest in a never-ending pasta bowl of decisions by the Roberts Court that all contain the same not-so-secret sauce -- boosting the almighty power of the corporation at the expense of regular citizens. Over the years, the High Court has not only enshrined the perverse notion of "corporate personhood" but said that these corporations/people have a right to free speech that -- thanks to their billion-dollar bank accounts -- is 1000s of times greater than yours, and today the Supremes went even farther and said that these corporations/"people" can also come between a woman and her doctor.

Like Dr. Frankenstein, this corporate person that the right-wing justices have created has become a monster -- a monster that threatens our rights.

As I've noted previously, I don't believe in total socialism, let alone communism. I believe under wise laws and regulations, corporations can innovate, flourish, provide jobs and improve lifestyles. But their place isn't EVERYWHERE. Corporations shouldn't be picking my elected officials -- and they shouldn't be deciding the kind of health care that I get, or that my daughter gets. We live in a nation that is supposed to have a government of the people, by the people and for the people -- people people, not corporation "people." And so it should be with something as essential as health care for ourselves and our loved ones.

In almost every other civilized nation of the world, the public -- and not corporations -- are responsible for health care through the method commonly known as "single-payer" health care. The United States should be one, and this monstrosity of a Supreme Court ruling should be the last straw. As Neil Young once said, "shoulda been done long ago."

* Partial sarcasm

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