God works in mysterious ways, I hear.
In spite of right-wing evangelist Pat Robertson’s declaring that he thought God was Speaker of the House, it turned out it was Paul Ryan.
I posted the word Schadenfruede on Facebook last week as it became clear the the Trumpists were on the verge of crashing and burning over repeal and replace.
It is a German word meaning deriving pleasure from the misfortune of others.
Reading that, some friends thought I was referring to the way Republicans in Congress and holding office elsewhere seem to get pleasure from the pain and suffering of working class and poor folks.
I was referring to the pleasure I was feeling watching TrumpRyan fumble, flail and fail.
There is another German word I know and like. Gemütlichkeit means having good cheer.
I’m feeling that at the moment too.
Health care in America is another one of those choice things.
The rich and wealthy get to choose. And so do we. They get the right to choose the kind of health care they can afford. So do we.
As a retired public school teacher my health care costs are manageable but in spite of what some think, my retiree insurance is hardly free.
I pay out of pocket for Medicare. I pay a monthly premium for the state teachers health insurance. I would not be affected by ACA one way or the other. But there is always the threat that I can lose what I have if the legislature acts.
There has been some talk from the Illinois legislature to take away the partial subsidy provided by the state to our health care costs.
As part of our teacher pension benefit, I believe the subsidy is protected by the pension protection clause of the state constitution. If the governor and the legislature try to take the subsidy away, I suppose the courts will have to remind them of Kanerva v. Weems.
As with the threats prior to the decision of the Illinois courts that current retiree pensions are protected, the threat to health care subsidies is particularly stressful on our older retirees.
Do the legislature and the Governor feel a certain amount of schadenfreude over this? They must.
I am with those who continue to wonder why the United States is among the very few wealthy, industrialized countries without a national health care system that is affordable, not tied to employment or run by the giant insurance companies.
Saving ACA is a win.
It is surely a loss for the Trumpists.
But a national single payer system of health care would bring us all Gemütlichkeit.