The current version, attempt number 70-something, to repeal Obamacare looks like it will be unsuccessful. For the moment that is. I still think that given enough time it will be repealed as the nation’s lack of regard for one’s neighbor is contemptible. However much you rationalize depriving others of services with abstract debates on taxes and personal responsibility, you’re not an island. “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” You think you’re you. But you’re not you. You’re everyone else.
If that sounds verbose or eccentric, just think of it like this:
In 1859, people were told to “be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” Removing healthcare for millions is no victory, even as the political party representing the majority of the government is arguing to the contrary. Hell, even the AMA, which I am not a fan of, opposes repealing the law on the grounds of primum non nocere. But when has the advice of professionals, the demand of millions of people, or a call to human decency ever stopped the levers of power before?
Given the importance of this issue to the current ruling class, I can think of no way of seeing this bill’s defeat as anything other than just one thing: stalling. Just like medicine.