The big lie, since I’ve been aware of politics in the Jimmy Carter era, is that America is best governed by a federal government which provides only for the common defence and works to promote general welfare through state governments, non-profit organizations etc.
That is the baseline for conservative and libertarian rhetoric. That is what gets the Freedom Caucus insurgents elected over establishment candidates in Republican primaries.
This is ridiculous on it’s face. Do the Republican voters really wish to do away with Social Security or Medicare which are federal programs? Of course not. At least not their own benefits, but they are willing to listen if you are talking about Medicare or Social Security of the next generation.
With this in mind, here are some select quotes from yesterday’s American Health Care Act House vote debacle which continues to today with a dictate from President Trump to bring the AHCA to a vote.
(Title: The health care bill could be Donald Trump’s Iraq War)
The core philosophical disagreement here is real and worth hashing out. Whereas liberals see access to health care as a right, conservatives see it as more akin to transportation — important, and perhaps worth subsidizing at low levels, but if someone can’t afford a car, it’s not the government’s responsibility to buy them one, much less buy them a nice one. This is the viewpoint the AHCA reflects.
It is not the viewpoint elected Republicans are selling. Instead, their rhetoric fits the sort of plan that Sen. Bernie Sanders might offer. Donald Trump won the 2016 election promising to protect Medicaid from cuts and ensure coverage for all. After the election, he reiterated the vow, telling the Washington Post “we’re going to have insurance for everybody” with “much lower deductibles.”
And click the link below to watch Topher Spiro, an expert on Health Policy at the Center for American Progress call out Betsy McCaughey’s credibility on the topic of health care as she is the person credited with originating the “death panel” lie that helped create a largely baseless (or at the very least confused) animosity against the Affordable Care Act.
From John Amato’s crooksandliars.com blog…
“McCaughey tries to counter that the AMA doesn’t represent all doctors, as if that matters to her argument, and claims “lots of doctor groups” want the ACHA to pass.
“Name one.” says Spiro. She ignores the question. Of course.
Just a little context from yesterday’s edition of the intertubes as we enter day two of the House vote on the AHCA.
Who knew that ungoverning could be so difficult?
update: 3/26/17 8:30 am… (2 days late)