I would write something more coherent, but I’m wondering how much my insurance will eventually increase because, despite being in overall good health, I once had kidney stones (pre-existing condition!). Anyway, if you want to read people bringing the heat, you can’t go wrong with Paul Waldman and Charles Pierce. Here’s a bit of Pierce:
Goddamn them all. Goddamn the political movement that spawned them and goddamn the political party in which that movement found a home, and goddamn the infrastructure in which their pus-bag of an ideology was allowed to fester until it splattered the plague all over the government. Goddamn anyone who believes that blind, genetic luck is a demonstration of divine design. Goddamn anyone who believes in a god who hands out disease as punishment. Goddamn anyone who stays behind the walls and dances while the plague comes back again.
Then he gets mad.
- Now would be an excellent time for Democrats to propose a healthcare plan. ‘Not Republican’ isn’t good enough. The ACA had good points, but there are problems with the ACA (‘Obamacare’).
- Republicans are willing to let people tens of thousands of people die and many more suffer (and pay more for insurance), so that the wealthy will get tax cuts. That’s what this is about. They will invent all sorts of justifications, most of them abominations, to defend this bill, but, at its core, it is all about greed.
- The arrogance and lack of humility of the conservative position is nauseating. That many healthcare outcomes are beyond people’s individual control doesn’t even occur to them, but Republicans still think their good health is a result of their own righteousness. Utter unholy arrogance.
- Republican voters are about to learn that Democrats might not be able to protect them from their own stupidity. Unfortunately, the rest of us will be dragged down with those fucking morons.
- I don’t think the House bill will pass. What’s frustrating though, is that a mediocre healthcare plan, the ACA, will ‘compromise’ with a horrifying Republican plan (the House bill) to create a shitty system. We are moving backwards (and for anyone who said there wasn’t a difference between Democrats and Republicans, please shut the fuck up now. Yes, better than isn’t the same as good, but the lesser evil, when that’s the only alternative, is better than the greater evil). The idea that things must get better is naive.