Okay, so that Plan B I had in case everything went to hell? I hate to be a pessimist *again*, but it seems to have flown out the window and bounced out the door. At least one aspect of it.
I was hoping that if we truly went to Hades in a conservative handbasket, I would be able to focus on local political action. Specifically, I had imagined that if the Affordable Care Act was struck down by the Supremes, there would be ways for progressive activists to make universal health care happen here in Oregon. We’re a liberal state, so it didn’t seem like a stretch. Or I could finally give in to my mother’s nagging and move East, to Vermont or Massachusetts, one of the states that had a good health care system already in place.
Now I’m hearing from various places that if the individual mandate is rejected by the court, this will automatically make the individual mandate in these state programs unconstitutional as well, and it will mean that most of these plans will come to an end. I’m hearing this from fellow liberals, not conservatives.
Is this true? I really hope it isn’t. If it is, there’s nowhere left to go. Every place in America, even the places which would like to have universal coverage, will be stuck with the abuses of the status quo system.
There’s always the option of going overseas: plenty of countries which not only have universal health care, but take it for granted and don’t have to deal with huge political fights about it. But as I’ve said before, I just don’t see myself leaving this country. I have too many friendships, people I care about—I have roots here now. I’ve grown to love this place.
So, Plan C—if things are going down in flames and there’s not much I can do about it, I’m going to sit back and enjoy the bread and circuses, and the good company. If we’re headed in the direction I think we are, and I end up living in the slums, at least I’ll be with my friends!