Letter: Hamilton ‘rant’ missed true reason behind ObamaCare
November 12, 2013
To the Editor:
In his column published on Nov. 8, Bill Hamilton writes an indictment of the Affordable Health Care Act (AKA ObamaCare). In so doing, he claims that "what is really at stake here is whether America becomes an out-and-out socialist welfare state or whether America continues to be the bastion of free-market capitalism and the home of individual choice and freedom."
I would gladly be labeled a socialist if it meant having insurance for 30 million Americans who have no access to health care and if it meant giving folks here a real shot at life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — none of which are possible if you die because you can't afford medical care.
I read Hamilton's column several times, but I did not see any mention of the plight of the uninsured or the under-insured. Guess he just forgot to mention that the goal of the ACA is to provide health care to them because it didn't fit with his rant. As an aside, that "bastion of free-market capitalism!" to which Hamilton refers is the same one that allowed the big banks to make irresponsible loans and ultimately take down the economy not only here but in the rest of the world. It's also the one that supersedes the presumably worthy goal of striving to maintain life on this planet (by reducing air and water pollution and greenhouse gases) with the free-market capitalism goal of making as much profit as possible.