Kossacks, I won't lie to you. I'm worried.
Worried not so much even about the Public Option in the healthcare debate, nor the possibility of the fuster-cluck that would be mandated insurance, though both of these are valid and certainly worthy of concern. My worry is directed more at something more off in the future - and potentially even more dangerous.
It is an underlying fear I've had a while the second this debate started getting ugly courtesy of blue dog Dems and idiot polsters convinced that teabagging is a grassroots movement (but that several million taking to the streets to oppose the war in Iraq was only a minor protest).
It's a fear that's based strongly in global history, and one that we'd do well to not ignore. What is it I refer to? Follow me below the fold, gentle readers, and find out.
What I worry about is quite simple: Violence.
More specifically, violence in the aftermath of this health-care debate if it becomes abundantly obvious that this level of fail previously thought unattainable is nothing more than a dash-and-grab for the insurance industry, as this fantastic entry by Hunter displays that it may very well might be, the repercussions are nothing short of potentially disastrous.
And I don't mean the economic bottle of frozen stupid that is giving a huge kick-back to an industry that has gone out of its way to ruin this country out of raw, unadulterated greed, either.
I mean the very real prospect that if nothing is done about the healthcare situation as it stands, that violence is going to occur. As in, riots in the streets.
Perhaps I'm being a bit too analytical, but I'm seeing signs of a society stretched dangerously close to its breaking point everywhere. Not a day goes by where we don't see dozens - nay - hundreds of articles from across the tubernets regarding some of the most depraved abuses of power propagated by the Insurance industry. People have lost untold amounts of money - loved ones - their very livelihoods.
If you think that this sort of environment doesn't breed discontentment and lends itself well towards societal stability, you clearly aren't remembering your history lessons. History is rife with examples of the sort of exploitative behavior committed to by the likes of the Insurance industry by those with authority, and the "healthcare is not a right" argument (akin to "let them eat cake," since I've already referenced Robespierre once already, so let's go the full Monty), and putting it simply?
People are frickin' pissed.
We're already at the point where nary a day goes by where we don't see some insurance-related horror-story here up on the Reclist up on ye olde DailyKos. These diaries deserve to be read, observed, and analyzed, because every day our representatives block meaningful healthcare reform, stories like these - and worse - will continue in a country that is allegedly the best in the world (but dead-last amongst western nations and, in fact, behind several third-world nations in healthcare).
The thing is, there's only so much that a given system can handle before things hit a critical mass. Mandated insurance is highly likely to be that breaking point, since it's going to force people already paying out every orifice in their respective bodies to pay even more money to giant insurance companies by law if they currently lack insurance - a decision which makes about as much sense as putting a flock of dingos in charge of child-care, and, horrifyingly, for much the same reasons.
We already have people stretched to their limits by the situation as it stands now, all of which has contibuted to making for an exceptionally vitriolic climate (and frankly, in my humble opinion, justifiably so, given the beltway's apparent disdain for us non-upper-one-percenters daring to demand our fair share of pie). Perhaps my natural nervousness is getting the better of me, but I feel I have a legitimate fear that if this so-called "healthcare reform" turns into another massive cash-grab for the Insurance industry, that the crap will have hit the proverbial fan.
I'm worried that if that happens - that it becomes abundantly clear that the people of this country really don't matter to the government writ large, that we're going to see blastback of the violent sort. And given that we already have the likes of the teabaggers and such taking weapons to town hall meetings, this is highly likely to get ugly.
Am I being too analytical? I pray such is the case. But I am no longer so sure. What think you, Kossacks? Is this mere conjecture, or do you too likewise fear what may come of this if it turns into a giant fuster-cluck, which I suspect it may...?