Joe Biden Signs Health Care Executive Orders

Today was health care day.

CBS News:

“Washington — President Biden on Thursday signed a series of health care-related directives he described as reversing “the damage” done by former President Donald Trump, which including taking action to rescind and target anti-abortion rules.

“I’m not initiating any new law, any new aspect of the law,” Mr. Biden said in brief remarks from the Oval Office. 

The president said he is “restoring the Affordable Care Act and restoring the Medicaid to the way it was before Trump became president, which by fiat he changed, made more inaccessible, more expensive and more difficult for people to qualify for either of those two items.” …

Mr. Biden also issued a presidential memorandum unwinding the Mexico City Policy, known as the global gag rule, which prohibits U.S. dollars from flowing to international non-governmental organizations that provide abortions, advocate to legalize and expand abortion access, or provide abortion counseling. …”

USA Today:

“Biden said his actions are designed to “undo the damage Trump has done.”

“There’s nothing new that we’re doing here other than restoring the Affordable Care Act and restoring the Medicaid to the way it was before Trump became president,” Biden said. “As we continue to battle COVID-19, it’s even more critical Americans have meaningful access to health care.” …”

It was another “meh” day.

The Mexico City Policy is a symbolic issue that has been batted around like a tennis ball between the two parties since the Reagan era. Neoliberal Joe signed some executive orders which restored the Obama era status quo on Obamacare and Medicaid. Neither issue is really a “win.”

The real question is why a huge win for Democrats like universal health care coverage will go nowhere in this Congress when 63% of the public now supports it:

The answer is that Donald Trump won 25% of the Democrat Leaning Working Class (DLWC) vote in the 2016 election. Trump retained his grip on lots of those voters in the 2020 election.

1 out of every 5 Republican voters is a Democrat on economics. 1 out of every 3 Republicans supports universal health care coverage. The polling on the issue may have shifted even further after COVID. Republican voters are warming on wealth redistribution and cooling on Corporate America. Meanwhile, White professionals and corporate elites are concentrating in the Democratic Party.

The problem is that the Democrat Independent Liberal Elite (DILE) or White upper middle class professional wing of the party has alienated all of these working class voters by taking extreme stands on culture war issues. Millions of White moderate voters support universal health care coverage and raising taxes on the wealthy, but also really dislike political correctness and open borders. They also dislike the focus on “trans” issues and climate change extremism and things of that nature.

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8 Comments

  1. The Democrats really dropped the ball on Health Care Reform while Obama was President. Joe Biden is going back in the same direction which is bad legislation and bad policy. What’s interesting is that he’s only been in office a few days and he’s done numerous Executive Orders. Same goes for when Trump was in the White House. It’s super obvious that the US House of Representatives and the US Senate do nothing….nothing….nothing. Everything done now is by Executive Order and those orders obviously change when that party is voted out of the White House. We pretty much live in a Dictatorship of Executive Orders at this point because our representatives and senators are doing nothing at all. Pretty sad I think for the democratic process. We really do need Health Care Reform. The Democrats on the far left want Communist or Socialist style health Care. The Republicans on the far right want no Government in Health Care at all. We already know how expensive Health Care is and people go bankrupt all the time because of Medical Bills. It’s a national crisis in my opinion….the lack of affordable health care for everyone. Why not just do something fast (more in the moderate view / populist view) and give Health Care Vouchers to everybody. Make the medical system lower costs that match those Vouchers. Something fast….of course the Government and all our elected officials would see how high everything is in the medical system and our National Budget would probably go bankrupt the first Years. Like it really matters at this point…they print money for Wars for the Jews, Oil Companies, and the Military Industrial Complex. Foreign aid. Deals for big business. Politicians get rich doing nothing while in office. Why not print some money for Health Care Vouchers so we can finally have a Healthy Population because Oh I dunno….people can afford a Doctor! With that position….maybe the medical system will drop prices and the good ole fashioned “Free Market” will finally deliver on low prices. I’m game on anything so long as it’s Universal and Affordable. Deo Vindice !

  2. The ruling elites care about workers’ health only to the extent that it affects their bottom line. Meanwhile, “our enemy” China has essentially eradicated the novel coronavirus within their borders. Vietnam also took charge of the pandemic and has not had one single death, and Korea (DPRK) has not had one case. The pandemic that could be eradicated using nineteenth century or early twentieth century medical technology is allowed to spread almost freely among the “herd,” while immense profits are made from treating it.

  3. Joy. A shitty healthcare not based upon creating a healthier people. Where obesity, drugs, despair, etc, run supreme. Nice.

    An egalitarian healthcare system, while a serving as a good foundation, is still reactionary, and predicated on simply caring for people. Our society is far sicker than what an egalitarian system can answer for. The remedy lies far deeper within us.

    The healthcare system should be not just be organic like the immune system of the body, but serve as a conscious institution, with life of its own, charged with forging Man to a healthier ideal. It also protects from viruses, bacteria, etc, entering the societal-body and is alert the society of what’s going on globally and prepares accordingly. As well as certain very dangerous hereditary disease prevented from being passed on. All areas of society should be oriented towards this goal. It should be needs to be hierarchical, and revolutionary in its goals of elevating man and society, both individually and collectively, to a healthier state of being. Knowledge needs to be embodied. Healthcare professionals need to be paragons of health. All medical knowledge of health should be incorporated into their being (i.e. being physically fit and not smoking). Knowledge is detached from being and from practice. Paragons are the absolute living embodiment of their teachings. It’s more than a career. It’s more than a lifestyle. It’s a higher calling. Medical professionals also should serve to create a healthier society, not simply being glorified babysitters like today.

    Obesity runs rampant due to hedonism, consumption, nihilism, fueled by both democracy and capitalism. Our bodies are the mirrors of who we are; and to judge a book by its cover while it has truth isn’t entirely true. Hierarchical body types should be mandated for everyone to strive for by society; Obesity frowned upon. Idealism and perfection can never be attained. That’s the point. Idealism is a never ending internal journey to new heights and becoming more than we knew we ever were, as well serves to orient ourselves to the proper direction in life. It forces us to both look within and look upward to the Stars always just out of grasp.

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  4. The idea that your employer should provide your health coverage is absurdly obsolete. It might have been a good idea back in the old days, when most Americans worked 25-40 years for the same company. But that’s obviously no longer the case. If the government has enough money to keep the military – industrial war machine humming along decades after the Cold War ended then there’s enough money to fund a national healthcare system as well.

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