From Just sayin’…by George Duncan
Republicans’ Pre-Existing Condition: CRUELTY
My dad was an immigrant from Canada, a lifelong teamster, and not exactly a political science major. But back in the day when I thought FDR ran the US, and Pius XII ran the world, I asked him what the difference was between a Democrat and a Republican. “The Democrats are for the poor and the Republicans are for the rich,” he replied. There’s been considerable water under the bridge since those days, but I haven’t found any reason to challenge his view. And what I can’t understand is why so many people insist on ignoring that fact and keep electing Republicans to office, even at the cost of their own quality of life – and now with the Republicans’ proposed healthcare bill – their peril. As Congressman Joseph Kennedy III put it recently,
The bill is more than premiums and tax cuts. It is a cold and calculated world view: One that scapegoats the struggling, and sees fault in suffering. One dead set on dividing us based on who we love, where we come from, the direction of our faith and the size of our fortunes.
We see it in their tax plan, their budget cuts, their immigration policy, their civil rights assaults – and yesterday, in their cruel health care plan.
Exactly. A cold and calculated world view. Why can’t the American people see that and vote accordingly – even when they seem to be voting against their own best interests! Maybe people don’t want to be identified as “poor” as my dad put it. Okay, that’s understandable. But unless you’re banking close to $200K a year, you ain’t there yet so far as the Republicans are concerned – and you can bet that one way or another, you’ll be paying for those who are, so long as the Republican Party has anything to say about it.
“The healthcare we deserve”
That’s how Repuglicans (typo, but I decided to leave it) are characterizing their program to destroy healthcare in America. It speaks volumes of the contempt the Republican elite feels towards the rest of us. (Just look at that Rose Garden photo of the phalanx of smirking millionaires following the passage of their bill, and see where you fit in that crowd.)
So some 24 million of us deserve to lose our healthcare coverage entirely. Whew! That takes care of that expense. Let’s pass that money in nice, fat tax breaks for the wealthy – you know, our folks.
Those tiresome poor and “disadvantaged” slobs deserve to lose their access to Medicaid. Maybe eventually we’ll be able to kill that whole thing – one less entitlement!
And then there are those sick older folks. Of course they should pay more – it’s what they deserve for not taking better care of themselves!
Pre-existing conditions? Let’s just drop that hot potato completely and shove it off to the states in the form of waivers. Insurance companies can then lobby the state legislators to apply for the waivers and get the Congress off the hook.
There’s much more. The Senate has yet to present their version of the bill. But it’s never too early to call and write both Senators and Representatives and tell them what you think of their bill, and the cruelty with which they pretend to serve the people they’re supposed to represent.