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PostTribute to Charles Krauthammer (Istvan Simon, USA, 06/23/18 2:14 pm)
I too mourn the passing of Charles Krauthammer--I did not know Elizabeth Brackett.
Krauthammer was perhaps a bit too conservative for my taste, but I liked him nonetheless, because his commentary had logic, and he was not a zealot, he had integrity and taste. These last two qualities are unfortunately completely lacking in our Kidnapper-in-Chief "president," who is taking our country down a path of destruction, a path that can only end badly if we the American people do not act to stop him. And we shall.
David Duggan's obituary was most welcome and to the point. Thank you, David.
I would like to just comment on Krauthammer's opposition to Obamacare, which David mentioned, and Krauthammer's point that the Democrats supposedly did not get the politics "right." Krauthammer was definitely wrong on this one in my opinion.
Obamacare is a great advance in health care in this country. The absurdity of our health care system based on private insurance created over the last 40 years or so is an unsustainable monster, which produced health care at an unaffordable astronomical cost.
If you were one of the lucky people, like I am, whose employer paid for health insurance, or most of it, you could get excellent medical care in the United States. But if you could afford no insurance, you would simply die sooner, an unacceptable, inhumane, shameful situation for millions of people in a country as rich as ours. So make no mistake about it, Obamacare was a great advance, and anyone opposing it dogmatically like the GOP has is guilty of unpardonable sin.
That Obamacare was a great advance is proved by the fact that this goddamned administration has been unable to repeal it, much less replace it with anything better, in spite of controlling both chambers of Congress and the presidency. The only thing this cursed administration has been able to do is to slip into the tax bill a provision repealing the mandate. Never mind that this was something completely inappropriate to slip into a tax bill, which shows once again the venality of the GOP. Repealing the mandate will make insurance even more expensive, so it did nothing at all to improve our health care system. It will eliminate the health care of millions, who will join again the uninsured.
I am not sure what Krauthammer thought of this particularly stupid legislation. He was a doctor, so he should have known.
JE comments: Krauthammer was one of the most eloquent anti-Trump voices from the Right. John McCain is another, and he's very ill. Will Trump out-Teflon them all?