Class differences on ObamaCare
James Fallows, of all people, has something useful to say on class. He quotes a reader in the Northeast who got work as a bartender at both Robama and Obomney campaign events.* And the bartender says:
The elite on both sides should talk to people who are completely outside their income brackets. When I tell my liberal professional friends that most of the people I work with hate the Mass. Health law, they are shocked. When I explain why, that they are happy taking their chances with clinics and emergency room, I get what I call the "Liberal Lecture." "Someday they will get really sick, everyone should contribute, they will benefit...." Nice argument to make if you get an employer-subsidized plan, not so persuasive if you don't and rely on seasonal and/or hourly wages.
Or free-lance work or System D.
And out on the threads and on Faceborg, it's exactly those same "liberal professionals" who got ObamaCare bennies* because they were already integrated into the system would beat the rest of us poor schlubs about the head and ears with "Do you want my [sister|daughter|wife] to die?" often followed by "Of course I love single payer"** when we would point out to them that not only would single payer benefit everyone, it was better public policy as well.*** I've had this exact conversation with half a dozen people, at least, in the blogosphere and RL, and it always went the same way.****
I mean, great, I'm forced to buy junk insurance in 2014 so somebody else's significant other gets coverage today. Sure, see meek, inherit earth, glad to do it, back of the bus is fine, no, really, but still...
NOTE * Like Swing State Keynesianism in the auto bailout, ObamaCare's phased implementation was a classic case of "visionary minimalism": It focused with laser beam precison only on a slice of the electorate needed to win the 2012 election. There was and is no notion of any larger public purpose whatever. The pre-existing benefit coverage is especially noxious because (1) if you don't have coverage, discovering a pre-existing condition will preclude you from it, and (2) if you discover a pre-existing condition without coverage, what can you do about it anyhow?
NOTE ** And didn't lift a finger while the fight for it was going on.
NOTE *** Saving at least $350 billion a year, and IIRC 23,000 lives. A year.
NOTE **** Occasionally concluded by the lecture on anger and how to appeal to people. When I raised this issue on FaceBorg with William Rivers Pitt, for example, his reponse, IIRC, was "Derp!"