My friend and former IBM colleague John Patrick posted a very good entry in his blog on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare. As we all know, the ACA has had a rough start. In his entry, John asks two basic questions: do we need the ACA?; and, should it be repealed?
John has always been a pioneer in embracing new technologies. He understood the power of the Internet very early on and worked tirelessly to get IBM involved. Together, we organized IBM’s Internet Division in the mid-1990s and continued to work closely until his retirement from IBM in 2001. He was one of the first people I knew who had a blog, - which is still going strong after all these years, - and was a big influence in my decision to start my own blog in May of 2005.
Do we need the ACA or something like it? John points out that “The United States is the only developed country in the world that does not have universal healthcare, meaning that all citizens have healthcare insurance.” Different countries have developed universal health care along different models. The UK has a single payer system. Germany’s is based on over 200 payers. Canada’s is operated by its 13 provinces.