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  •  Bill Kristol laid it out in 1993 (0+ / 0-)

    based on Ronald Reagan against Medicare in Operation Coffee Cup in the 1960s, and F. A. Hayek against the British National Health Service in The Road to Serfdom in the 1940s. The claim has been, all along, that health care for all would destroy the economy and turn our nations into Stalinist Hell holes, and at the same time that the problem is that people would like it and not vote for other Conservative measures.

    Except for Hayek, who also wrote Why I am Not a Conservative, but who is the darling of the Right regardless.

    Here is Kristol contra Hillarycare as I Diaried it more than four years ago.

    The sum of all GOP fears

    Passage of the...health care plan, in any form, would guarantee and likely make permanent...the largest federal entitlement program since Social Security. Its success would signal a rebirth of centralized welfare-state policy at the very moment we have begun rolling back that idea in other areas.

    But the...proposal is also a serious political threat to the Republican Party...It will revive the reputation of the party that spends and regulates, the Democrats, as the generous protector of middle-class interests. And it will at the same time strike a punishing blow against Republican claims to defend the middle class by restraining government.

    That is, Republicans claims to defend the middle class against protection from being denied insurance (pre-existing conditions), to defend them against protection from medical bankruptcy, to defend them against protection from being able to sue for malpractice (tort reform), and while we are at it Republican claims to defend the poor as well as the middle class from protections against the depredations of the 1%, and the hatreds and entitlements of the racists, misogynists, bigots, Mammonites, and gun nuts.

    Because refusing Medicaid expansion in a state means that the middle class taxpayers in that state will fund health care in all of the states that took it, with no benefit to themselves. That's how Republicans defend middle class interests. In the words of Reagan political strategist Lee Atwater, it was always OK as long as Blacks got hurt worse. But fewer Whites think that way any more, and we are approaching the tipping point on that as on so many other issues.

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 09:44:18 AM PDT

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    •  Agreed, except for this point. (0+ / 0-)
      fewer Whites think that way any more
      Unfortunately, it appears that more whites than ever are thinking this way. How else would one account for the face that as far to the right as the Republican Party has gone, it is drawing 60% of the overall white vote, 80-90% in the Deep South. The only good news here is that this is a steadily shrinking slice of the American electorate, but while that might bode well for the future, it isn't much comfort in the here & now.

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