…and Republicans don’t either. At least not about this – government’s responsibility for our commons.
If we follow their prescriptions to run government like a business, we need to internalize profits and externalize costs. That is the key goal to TrumpCare. It isn’t lowering premiums or increasing choice or making sure you can keep your doctor, the goal is to reduce government costs by decimating one of President Lyndon Johnson’s signature entitlement programs meant to stave of crushing poverty in history’s wealthiest country.
At times like this, as we are likely to see a Republican Wall Street version of Medicaid get signed into law, it’s beneficial to review the basics.
a) What is Medicaid? (image, including their advertisers, from the NYT)
b) Where are we likely to end up in the next few weeks or months? (From Kevin Drum)
c) A Senator, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, reviews in a series of tweets images of the language in the bill and what they mean in English.
Republicans are about privatizing government and our commons. The drive is a natural side-effect of an economic system that rewards focus on individual profits with no means of accounting for shared concerns.
How the vulnerable among us retains access to basic human needs such as health care should be one of a government’s primary concerns, especially when the society has the means to provide this access. But that isn’t the priority of the Republican Party, the priority is to minimize the public percentage of national spending. If you do this, there will be less that their most influential constituents have to pay in taxes.
The Republicans are pro wealth distribution, they just want to continue the destructive focus of our nations wealth (and the benefits that come with health, such as access to preventative health care) into the hands of the few.
This is something I wrote from October 1, 2013, the day the ACA market places opened…
“In order to win his party’s nomination, Mitt Romney had to run as far away from his plan as possible. Ultimately the conflict over the ACA is not about the ACA itself, it’s about how far right the Republicans have shifted. The ideology that the free market will solve all problems is as much a crazy utopian dream as the far left’s defunct dreams of a purely socialist state. Unfortunately the right wing/libertarian free-market fantasy is an ideology that wins hearts, minds and votes because it has an unbelievable amount of money behind it. With that money the ideology can buy a narrative that turns truth on it’s head.”
Here is just one example of how our collective perception of reality is influenced with money by those who have it and wish to make sure it isn’t spent on others:
More on David Valadao from congressional district CA-21 and other CA Representatives and their vote for the AHCA here.