During the 1930s, President Roosevelt and his fellow New Deal policymakers made it a priority to expand medical services to all Americans. The WPA built & operated health clinics, the PWA built large hospitals, the CCC provided medical services for its low-income enrollees, young men & women in the NYA assisted in health research, and so on. Later, during his Second Bill of Rights speech, Roosevelt called for "The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health."
Obamacare (or, more properly called the "Affordable Care Act" (ACA)), while not as good as a single-payer system, has provided health insurance to millions of Americans - Americans who were denied health insurance before, by Corporate America. While few Democrats fight for (or even mention) a New Deal today, Obamacare does expand the New Deal concept of more health service for more people, regardless of ability to pay.
According to a study by Georgetown University, more children than ever before have health insurance, thanks, in part, to Obamacare. And West Virginia children have been doing exceptionally well. Terri Giles, executive director of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, said: "While we have been chipping away at this for years, it was the ACA that really put us over the top. We saw significant declines in the number of uninsured children, and we’ve seen no increases, even across the nation - it just so happens that West Virginia, in this instance, is on top. We really made this a priority for this state."
Meanwhile, Republicans and Tea Partiers have been working hard to take it all away. Through legislation, through legal actions, through political extortion, and through prophecies of apocalyptic doom, people like the Koch brothers, Koch-fund organizations, Koch-funded politicians, and the Ayn Rand worshiping congressman Paul Ryan are working feverishly to find some way--any way--to kick children and their parents off health insurance. They assure us they're working on a "market-based" alternative but, after five-and-a-half years, they have nothing to offer except continued declarations to repeal Obamacare. And these declarations appeal to their radical base of voters - voters who continue to scream out, "Obama wasn't born here! He's the Anti-Christ!! Benghazi!!!"
The fact is, health insurance doesn't have a pure "market-based" solution. Health insurance is not like cars or furniture. For example, there is always a tendency to insure the healthy, and neglect those in need. There is little or no incentive to insure people who are going to cost you a lot more than they're paying you in premiums. When you have a market failure or imperfection like this, the government must step in to remedy the situation. Or, we could go back to the right-wing way--the policy we had for decades--which sarcastically says, "You don't have health insurance? You can't afford your medicine? Awwww, too bad for you."
Recently, it was reported that support for the Tea Party has dropped to a record low. Maybe Americans are finally waking up, and realizing that helping one's fellow citizens is better than calling them "takers," "moochers," "parasites," "wild animals," and "lazy pigs." Then again, tens of millions still plan on voting for Republican politicians who want to get rid of Obamacare, Medicare, and any other government-run or government-assisted health program. Hopefully, for the sake of America's children (and many others), more people will vote for non-Republican candidates.