posted on November 01, 2013 10:31
Whatever else it does, Obamacare drives Republicans into a frenzy of hype, hypocrisy, irrationality and overreaction.
Exhibit A: Republicans in Congress are outraged that website glitches prevent Americans from signing up for a program Republicans compare to slavery. Why are they complaining? They should take a cue from George Holding, take a nap and chill out.
Exhibit B: Republican governors who probably know better (like Pat McCrory and unlike Ohio’s John Kasich) reject Medicaid expansion, even though it would help millions of Americans and save hundreds of millions of dollars. Politically, the governors have no choice. They’re terrified of the Tea Party.
Exhibit C: Obamacare is a classic Republican policy, hatched by the Heritage Foundation, once championed by Newt Gingrich and put into law (no matter how much he denies it) by Mitt Romney.
How is it a Republican policy? Well, it starts by saying: no more free ride; everybody has to get insurance. The rest of us don’t have to pay all your medical bills. (See: “takers.”)
Obamacare achieves that goal through another thing Republicans should like: the free market. Instead of government providing the insurance (which would be “socialism” like Medicare) you have to buy insurance from an insurance company.
Finally, expanding Medicaid means people can afford to get primary and preventative care, which is cheaper, instead of waiting until they’re really sick and going to the emergency room, which is really expensive – and we all end up paying for.
We have national health insurance now. Your taxes, insurance premiums and medical bills already have a hidden surcharge that pays the bills for people who don’t have insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.
If Obamacare fails, the logical next step is to put everybody on Medicaid/Medicare. I half-jokingly suggested that in a blog last week. Then two conservatives said the same thing: Marc Landry in the N&O and Ross Douthat in The New York Times. (Needless to say, I’m reconsidering my position.)
All this shows how Obama Derangement Syndrome is driving the Republican Party farther and farther to the right – and farther out of touch with more Americans. Now, Democrats have plenty of problems, but they look much more rational right now than Republicans.
Saturday, November 02, 2013 4:52 PM
So, the best thing you can say about the total and complete debacle known as Obamacare is that it is driving Republicans crazy? My goodness. No wonder our country is so screwed up with liberal/progressive democrats like you running it. No problem with this failed program that is going to cost the majority of Americans that now have insurance more money and has seen so many entities all around our country having to be given waivers to it because of how horribly it will affect them. Hey...if it causes republicans to go into a tizzy...that's good enough for you, right Gary? There's a part of your brain that has been infected somehow, Mr. Pearce. What a ridiculous post. I know, I know...I said I wasn't going to post here on the front page anymore, but your presentation here is SO absurd, it needed to be responded to.
So, if republicans are the only ones going into a tizzy about Obamacare, then explain why Obama has the worst ratings he's ever had now and why so many people (democrats included) are running away from him and his policies at breakneck speed?
I'm sure the people you are wanting to "work" for in campaigns and the NCDP will just love what you've said here...so, I guess I understand that money and influence for you is FAR more important than truth and honesty and reality.