GOP to the uninsured: Drop dead
By Matt Miller, Published: July 10
“The House is voting (again) to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday.
“Meanwhile, six Republican governors (so far) say they won’t go along with the law’s planned Medicaid expansion for 4 million uninsured people in their states, even though the feds would pick up nearly all the tab…
This is the shameful reality behind the GOP’s rhetoric on health care. Republicans don’t want to spend a penny to insure the uninsured.
We know this because back during the original debate over Obamacare, the “boldest” GOP alternative would have extended coverage to 3 million of the 50 million uninsured, versus Obama’s 30 million (which still leaves us 20 million short of behaving like every other civilized nation, mind you).
It was not always thus. It’s striking to recall that back in 1992, George H.W. Bush put out a serious plan to cover 30 million of the then 35 million uninsured. (Democrats at the time rejected it, figuring they’d do the job on their own terms once Bill Clinton won. We know how that turned out.) So the erosion of Republican seriousness over two decades can be tracked with unusual precision. As the ranks of the uninsured have soared, the size of Republican compassion has shriveled.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan gave me the most convincing explanation not long before he died in 2003. “Those folks never vote for us,” he told me, summing up the Republican mind on the issue, “and we have our priorities for the money.”
Like trillions more in tax cuts for the best-off Americans over the next decade.
Yesterday, the occluded front that drapes along the TN/KY border dropped a line of mid-morning thunderstorms over north east TN. There was no hike with Mike. Walking on wet pavement and carrying an aluminum trekking pole during frequent and close lightning is not conducive to longevity.
This morning offered what appeared to be a 30-45 minute window between lines of rain, and there was no apparent lightning as Loki and I walked down to Mike’s place. The light drizzle became apparent within 0.1 mile. Actual visible rain remained in abeyance until we were 0.2 mile from Mike’s on the return leg. Then, the volume and intensity of the rain increased with every step up the valley. When we returned to Mike’s, where we normally stop and talk about nothing for a bit, Loki and I pushed on. By arrival chez nous there was a full-fledged shower underway. My decision to wear Gore-Tex this morning was justified.
The morning news is generally depressing. One act of legislative retrogression follows another as the GOP/teavangelists race toward attempting to return the nation to the 19th century. They are lined up this morning in yet another act of stupidity, the “symbolic repeal of the affordable health care act. I’ve heard a string of Congresspersons and Senators stand before television cameras and lie about the “European socialist nature of the act when it is actually gift to the insurance industry, adding another 30 million customers to their roles with next to no oversight. There’s no socialism in that outcome. The reform we needed, and still need, is a universal single payer, national health plan that encompasses all citizens. The GOP loved the Romney model until it became the Obama model for delivery of health care. Now they can’t spread enough lies about it.
The teavangelists have proven their overall stupidity by allowing the theocrats further political power in their effort to overturn the prescription and use of all forms of contraception. The collective teavangelist base is pushing the schools and other social functions further and further from any intellectual awareness. They’ve been encouraged to wave their anti-intellectual banner as if it were something to be proud of rather than something to cause us to shake our heads in stunned disbelief. No nation that celebrates ignorance has any future other than providing under-paid hourly stoop-laborers. The path they have opened is clearly one to national ignorance. It is so tragic that there is not even amusement in hearing the various demagogues and hate mongers promise to move to Canada or other nations with national health care since the SCOTUS decision on health care.
Moynihan’s statement above is the point of the spear of truth. Those people who don’t vote for the religious, reactionary, right, have no place in the nation that the GOP/teavangelists envision. If you can think, can read and write, you have no role in their return to company stores and company towns. They won’t insure you, won’t provide health care, education, or any other social safety net. Please be sure to die of something communicable so that you can pass it on to others who don’t vote correctly either.