The Budget/Deficit Deal

Finkel, David

Publisher:  Against the Current
Date Written:  01/11/2013
Year Published:  2013  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20278

Some serious ruling class intervention finally presented John Boehner an instruction he couldn't refuse: Get the Harry Reid-Mitch McConnell Senate deal to the House floor for a straight vote to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.



The main Democratic concession was to tighten "verification" processes for low-income people to qualify for subsidized health coverage. That adds one more layer of bureaucratic hassle to the Affordable Care Act's hopeless complexities, which (as Senator Graham recognizes) are ultimately more likely than Republican obstruction to bring down "Obamacare."

If the nightmare of the health care "rollout" demonstrated anything, it's how badly we really need a straightforward universal single-payer health insurance system, not the privatized for-profit morass that the Affordable Care Act with its hopeless complexities was written to preserve.

The political collision of the government shutdown and default panic has ended in victory for Obama and the Democrats at least until mid-December when a longer-term deal is supposed to be hammered out. And right now, collision turns to collusion.

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