In this excerpt from "Splinterlands," written in the form of a fictitious journal from the year 2050, John Feffer offers his account of how the world unraveled.
Even if Republicans succeed in repealing the Affordable Care Act, they won't be able to erase the popular acceptance of the idea that all people should get health care.
Jon Letman is a freelance journalist on Kauai. He writes about politics, people and the environment in the Asia-Pacific region. Follow him on Twitter: @jonletman.