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The United States' political system is in crisis.

Both parties are beholden to special interests which limit their ability to do the right thing for the population. So while the GOP rams through a cruel health care bill that only 17% of the population supports the Democrats provide timid opposition for fear of exposing the cracks in their own foundation.

A functioning and healthy democracy is not a guaranteed thing and we are now seeing the results of what happens under a system of oligarchy at its very worst. Hence if you are a poor or even middle class citizen you are stuck because your options are currently just about zero with the only way out being possibly an outright revolt against the industrial military complex, Wall Street and the rich benefactors which keep both parties doing their bidding.

Donald Trump may be a clown whose time may soon be up but he is not the real problem. His antics are just diversions which keep the population from seeing the true cruelty afoot. Meanwhile Paul Ryan and the GOP are making sure that in places like Virginia poor people lose the medical coverage that is currently keeping them alive. The man whose story I heard on NPR the other day was similar to many others in states where insurance companies that used to provide coverage are whittling down in numbers. The reason is simple: the demands for basic coverage under Obamacare wasn’t good for the profit margin because under a for profit system poor people are just part of the collateral damage.

A single payer system would help to solve the problem but that is anathema in a country where many associate any form of governmental program with communism.

What this does however is leave the United States as the only industrialized nation without basic healthcare coverage for its citizens. Obamacare was only a Band-Aid solution which was supposed to be improved upon; instead things are threating to go back to darker times where for some people getting sick meant declaring bankruptcy.

So even as the man child president's reign may be coming to an end, the real problems still need to be addressed.


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