'Obamacare,' Brown v. Board, Social Security

Askia Muhammad | 7/12/2012, 3:08 p.m.

Believe it or not, the same thing happened when Social Security was enacted - the right wing went "buck wild" so to speak. "There is a precedent for this. When Social Security was passed, it was decried as socialism, just like health care," Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters just hours after the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act was announced. "Like health care, it withstood a Constitutional challenge early on, and of course Social Security went on to endure as a cherished program in the country. The health care law is getting more popular with time, as more and more of it goes into effect."

Even today, as a majority of the American population [56 percent according to a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation] believes it's time to move on past debating the repeal of Obamacare, most Americans favor all the individual components of the law if you ask them individually about them, but they may still say they oppose "Obamacare" itself. Go figure.

In addition the foundation discovered, the states most adamantly opposed to the implementation of "Obamacare" - Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Arizona, Florida, and Texas, for example - are also the states with the highest rates of both uninsured children and adults, and the highest rates of children and adults requiring Medicaid assistance, and they are the states with the most significant problems with poverty. In other words they are the states most in need of the beneficial provisions the law provides their often indigent residents.

I see a picture beginning to form here, and it ain't pretty. The plutocrats have tricked so many average Americans into thinking that because they're White they're better than all Black folks, including the President; and that they are all just one lottery ticket, or one slot-machine pull, away from being millionaires like them, and that their American "average-ness" is just an embarrassing temporary condition, so support policies and politicians which favor the rich.

And so the charade continues: Social Security, Brown v. Board, and now Obamacare. It continues until the next charade, Election Day?