Since the Supreme Court so helpfully re-wrote Obamacare for the nation, our side had been scrambling to figure out what to do. U.S. Representative Brian Babin (R) proposed a bill enrolling SCOTUS in the program so that they “see firsthand what the American people are forced to live with”. A more likely outcome is that we will find out why we were right all along. No, scratch that, we will not find out what they do to get their healthcare; we will not be privy to such information.
For starters, wealthy people like the justices can always fly to Switzerland and pay for treatment upfront. And sure, we can require them to get their medical services through exchanges only, but such restriction can, of course, turn out to be unconstitutional. (Are they? I don’t know, I’m not a lawyer!) Are we going to prevent these illustrious men from traveling abroad? What is it, the Soviet Union? Not to mention that they themselves are the final authority on the subject of constitutionality.
Speaking of the Soviet Union. I should know, I grew up there, a granddaughter of a doctor. My grandfather managed to make a nice living for our family running a private practice out of our apartment. Although technically all medical and dental services were technically free of charge, considering the sensitive nature of the trade, medical professionals were in a position to ask clients for compensation. They weren’t alone operating on the immense Soviet black market, but the trade was so lucrative that in the last decades of the Soviet Union, entrance into the technically free of charge medical schools was secured by hefty bribes.
Med school graduates weren’t necessarily the best people to cure patients, and finding a good doctor was an especially difficult task. We were fortunate to know some old school doctors through my grandfather, and we used his network up until we left the country, at which point they were all dying off anyway. That was us, the relatively well-connected but in other respects very average people.
The elites, as it was known, could use the best hospitals in the country, and if they needed to, could go abroad. Similarly, Fidel Castro doesn’t have to go to the fabulous free of charge Cuban doctors; when he got sick, he went to the German ones. Even if forced to use Obamacare, the SCOTUS justices and their peons will be able to navigate it to get the services us plebs can never dream of. That’s why the Tea Party so opposed Obamacare to begin with.
The real problem with Babin’s proposal is that it’s reactive, revanchist and backward looking; tactics, not strategy. Their side is annihilating the English language and allowing non-citizens to vote and we… what do we do? Eliminating taxes on medical devices and enrolling Supreme Court Justices in a silly government program.