I know Canada is super famous for its "free health care" but it really isn't free. We pay for it in our taxes, that's 15% of everything we buy. We pay a lot of taxes to maintain our health system. Just mentionning that to those who think canadians may "have it easy". But of course, the situation in the US is much worse, no denying that.
The health care system in the USA is private. Nothing is free. Government helps pay for elderly people and low-income people. "Obamacare" requires all Americans to buy health insurance, while also making affordable insurance available to more people.
The aversion to universal healthcare is longstanding. The horror at this particular law seems to be very specifically political. I mean, you couldn't come up with a more centrist, watered down attempt at universal healthcare if you tried. But Obama's opponents paint it as radical and communist. I wonder why?
I find it funny when they always try to back it up from a free market perspective, but do they not realize that a market is somewhat stymied when you have tons of young people scared to leave their jobs and try something vaguely entrepreneurial because of the loss of medical coverage? It doesn't serve the free market; it serves the interests of large corporations and the insurance industry. Which, I guess, is the hallmark of Republican thinking. I have nightmares that that garbage will come up North. There's signs it already has.
I don't even pretend to know how these things work, but I know you are correct, this piece probably doesn't remotely represent the whole pictureof whatever criticisms. Are A, B, and C all strawman arguments? Is that what strawman means?