Just a brief comment, but I'm a little puzzled by the panic over the ruling by a Federal District Court about Obamacare last week.
The court seemed to have decided (by a 2-1 majority, the two justices being of course two more examples of the pollution of our court system by corrupt right wingers) that Obamacare subsidies are only allowed for State exchanges and not the Federal one that exists in those many States whose voters have decided to stab themselves in the back by electing Republicans to run things.
Well, we all know that it is very likely that this ruling will not stand, but what would happen if it did? The States that voluntarily participated in the Affordable Care Act (the Democratic States) would continue as they are into the foreseeable future, while those States that rejected participation due to spite and political animus (the Republican States) would see millions of their residents stripped of access to health care. Over a few years, we would see the health status of the two groups of States diverge more and more, with people from Republican States getting sicker and sicker, and paying more and more for whatever scraps of insurance they could afford, while the health status in Democratic States would continue on the upward path initiated by Obamacare.
There's nothing like the possibility of dying to sharpen the focus of people, particularly when that possibility is created for no reason but political advantage.
We already know that there is a wide divergence between Republican and Democratic States on many issues that affect their residents- education, infrastructure, teen pregnancy rates, infant mortality, etc. So far, this has not added up to a great enough critical mass to snap the residents of Republican States out of their daze. But threaten them with a premature death that residents of other States don't face, and maybe finally they will decide who is really on their side.