Does Obamacare Make Americans Third World Citizens?
Americans may not see it because they may not want to, but when it comes to basic human rights at least, the world is coming to see little to differentiate the U.S. from the Taliban it wants to get rid of in Afghanistan. The Taliban thinks women shouldn't go to school; Americans think 32 million of them shouldn't have mandatory basic health care coverage. What is the difference?
The United States of America may be the richest country in the world without universal healthcare for all, a situation Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) is certainly attempting to change. For the rest of the world, however, with no easy access to facts and figures to compare, and unaware of historical U.S reticence towards human rights, efforts to challenge and repeal Obamacare could make us look more like a third world country. That is the take away from the recent Obamacare judgement by the U.S. Supreme court, the divided dissent and the GOP's ensuing political battle cries, all of which have brought the U.S political and legal system to world focus, with some looking in disbelief. Hey, is this the America everyone looks up to?
To many foreigners, thanks to our legal system, the U.S. is becoming a "Never Never Land" giving shudders down one's spine, nearly the same feelings an American family, who is offered a free holiday in Iran, gets in the gut at the thought of a trip.
The general apprehension about the U.S.'s attitude towards human rights might not be entirely without justification:
• When an Australian citizen seeks asylum in a third world country's embassy out of fear of incrimination and death penalty if extradited to the U.S.?
• When an ex president of a "friendly" nation with a population of 1.3 billion can be stopped andfrisked at the airport because of his name and racial profiling?
• When a president of the World Bank is handcuffed and thrown in the prison cell overnight without recourse to any legal aid because an illegal immigrant cried foul?
• When recent cases of miscarriage of justice have sent innocent people to the death row, to a death penalty which all civilized countries have abolished by now?
• When Guantanamo and stories of renditions are still a reality?