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All the truth we can eat

The reason why repealing and replacing Obamacare was a disaster in the Republicans’ hands is this (from a comment at the NYTimes):

PEWashington DC

The Republicants got nothin’. Morally bankrupt, they have now demonstrated that they are intellectually bankrupt as well. 

The Fiction: Republicans implied that they had a plan to make the individual mandate easier and cheaper to swallow, giving every voter the freedom to pick their doctors at a lower premium than they are currently paying, all while not imposing cost controls on the providers, hospitals, etc. 

The Truth: The Republicans never had a plan to replace Obamacare. They just used anger over the individual mandate, Medicaid gap and lack of cost controls to make a case for a “change” election.  That’s how they got votes. You need to attract real voters and what better way to do it than to target people who don’t have the time or inclination to think things through. That’s right, get them all angry with resentment and sic them on groups without power. Viola!  

The Ultimate Truth: The very wealthy donors to Republican coffers see themselves as shareholders in an Ownership society. They didn’t authorize all that money be used for the healthcare of so many Americans who can’t figure out how to make their own god damned wealth. They’re not interested in pitching in to take care of other people. Let other people take care of themselves. What’s it got to do with them??  It’s not even the token tax cuts they want back. They’re just ideologically opposed to a whole nation of individuals banding together in an entity called “government” to negotiate on their behalf for a thing that all other modern western countries take for granted. They’re not interested in participating in that. 

That’s what this is all about. Very wealthy people who want to own our streets, bridges, police force, airports, air traffic control systems, coast guard, CDC, etc, etc, etc, and don’t want to pay for it or let the rest of us who pay for it to use our government to negotiate on our behalf on a group discount. 

In other words, they’re deadbeats. 

The Republicans’ one job was to get Obamacare off the backs of the rich. They didn’t need a plan to replace it. They tried, they failed. Trump will now make it fail through starvation and incompetence. 

Either way, mission accomplished. 


7 Responses

    • I think upending the patriarchy was not her primary goal. It was just a necessary precondition.

    • So many men never understood what was so important about Hillary’s campaign, besides the fact that she was the most qualified candidate by miles.

  1. I’m glad they didn’t repeal it, still. I’m glad we don’t have Trumpcare (yet). I’m very nervous about what’s going to happen next.

  2. The Republicans won’t be happy until Jacob Riis has to rise from his grave to photograph the have nots.

    • But the fat cats are certain that the mean-spirited folly of the Stupid White Folks of Real Murka is infinite, and so they need never fear that Robespierre and Lenin will follow Mr. Riis out of the grave. Perhaps they are correct to be certain; only time will tell.

      Though there is also the possibility that they will lose control of their political operatives. The fat cats of Germany once thought they could use a nasty Charlie Chaplin lookalike to control the masses–he’d pull the strings of the masses, and the fat cats would pull his strings.

      Twelve years later, the surviving fat cats walked, dazed, through the bombed-out ruins of their factories. I wonder how many of them ever admitted that they had miscalculated the situation.

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