One of my favorite wing-nut arguments against Obamacare, and the U.S. having some form of a national health care system for all citizens in general, is that while every other wealthy, industrialized nation on the face of the earth has some form of it, America is somehow too big and “diverse” to do the same thing as those Stalinist hellholes like Germany, Canada, or Japan.
“Diverse” is of course the most obvious of racial dog-whistles.
The other argument — too big — is equally adorable. Ten years after the invasion and long-term occupation of Iraq, that country is now basically the definition of a failed state.
But in 2003 it was America’s god-given duty to freedom bomb places like this, because we were the only nation powerful enough to do so on our own.
So being a large, diverse nation allows — compels! — us into some of the worst foreign policy blunders ever made. But being a large, diverse nation means we aren’t allowed to have actual nice things like being able to get sick and not having to go into bankruptcy over it.
And what’s actually happening on the ground now with Obamacare is pretty telling. If you live in a Democratically controlled state it’s working fine. If you live in a Republican one, you’re shit out of luck.