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    I am still trying to figure out why so many ordinary Americans seem not to understand why basic healthcare is so essential to a strong functioning society. How can you like parts of a bill, but not most of the rest, particularly what I call the "individual responsibility" mandate part.
     The Republicans seem beside themselves in their manic attempt to repeal the whole law. Apparantly, as Senator mitch McConnell said, the plight of 30 million uninsured is not an issue. Preventing the 30 million access to healthcare IS.
    So I switched my brain to "Kafka-mode" and tried to figure out what could be the real reason why the Republicans want all of healthcare eradicated.

    The answer is Social Security. Despite fierce resistance to the program by Republicans seventy-five years go when it was founded, the United States has built up this fund of billions of dollars for seniors. At this time many more people have lived long enough to be seniors to be able to recieve the money they paid into over their working lives to retire with something.
     That's the problem. Too many Americans are living long enough to get their Social Security.
     For the past decade many in the Republican party have been trying to figure out ways to funnel this enormous pie to their 1% masters. To be able to deliver this plum to their Wall St. masters would be the ultimate accomplishment of their serf loyalty to the have-way-too-muchess.
     Two years ago, the attempt to "privatize" it by handing over control of the money to Wall St. "investors" happily came at a bad time time, right when America found out that Wall St. harbored a horde of fraudulent leeches.
     But how else can they try to pluck this plum of billions of dollars for the 1%? The fruit is still out of reach.
    If only health care truly were a privilege instead of a right! The more ordinary Americans that are blocked from receiving healthcare , the sooner thousands, then hundreds of thousands, then millions, can die of preventable illness before they reach 65. That means all the money these prematurly dead millions put into Social Security will be funnelled for the priviledged who can afford "free market" healthcare.
     Think of it! Last year a report came out about how not only has American's life expectancy not gone up, but in many counties lives have started to become shorter. At the same time efforts to raise eligibility up to seventy or more have intensified. Get rid of all regulations and soon the life expectancy of every ordinary worker will plummet to the point of no one living long enough to retire...
     Except the plutocrats who will have successfully garnisheed the American healthcare services and all its advances for themselves.
     Social Security will finally be all theirs at last!
     We have all heard of more absurd conspiracy theories, haven't we?
     Could this one have a grain of truth?

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  •  You are on to something (7+ / 0-)

    Here is more..

    As the Affordable Care Act becomes increasingly associated with Medicaid, and as Republicans continue to demonize it as taking away Medicare money to give to "undeserving" people, the Affordable Care Act itself will be unpopular.

    Democrats need not be shocked by Republican governors' refusal to accept Medicaid funds, and they need not feel that the experience of the Affordable Care Act means that Americans don't like "socialized medicine." What Democrats need to learn from this experience is that Democrats need to avoid the welfare trap, and need to embrace the power of universal social insurance.

    Universal social insurance has always been popular and will remain popular when implemented. It's just a matter of having the courage to enact it in the first place.

    Thass how the RW is working this.  If we had gone Single Payer, everyone would be benefiting including the "undeserving."  That is why Social Security and Medicare poll so well.
  •  And the tax on the wealthy making an inroad.... (6+ / 0-)

    The Far Right are very angry about the extra medicare taxes on the upper income.  This has been the battle line on most everything.

  •  It's worth thinking about (2+ / 0-)
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    by JamieG from Md on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 12:43:28 PM PDT

  •  This certainly has crossed my mind- (4+ / 0-)

    As out there as it sounds, and some of my R friends have given the "oh come on now that's absurd! That's crazy!" pat response.  

    But what else can it be?  They hated SS, they oppose everything that helps people, there's no other reason left.

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    by ArtemisBSG on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 12:51:39 PM PDT

  •  One part of this is right (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't think the Right really wants people to die younger to free up Social Security $.

    But switching from Social Security as a retirement program to an alternate program that puts investment dollars into privately managed accounts is a long-time Republican position and it would be a bonanza for Wall St. We are talking about a lot of additional Other People's Money that Wall St. could collect fees on. You would think this idea would be very dead after the meltdown of 2008, but it hasn't completely gone away. Romney hasn't actually embraced the idea of complete privatization, but Gingrich did in his primary campaign.

  •  I would not spend too too much time guessing at (0+ / 0-)

    their motivations: I think that's always a mistake: Very bad policies have been derived from very good intentions - bad stuff is not always born from evil - it just seems that way a lot of the time.

    The real question for me is -  what is in their message that creates so much ill will about the law among the same people that would no doubt gain the most from it?  Remember, in Wisconsin recently, something like 30% of union households voted for Scott Walker. Why do people vote against their economic interests?

    I think our work on this issue needs to focus on what the message should be for the people we want to reach? The idea of healthcare as a right for all is not working - the union households that voted for Scott Walker do not believe it.

    In fact, we now see from polling data,  the message about the real Bain Capital  is an effective message because it's true and goes against the core of what many Americans think is 'fair'  -and in fact strong parallels can be drawn comparing the investors in Bain and the profiteers, lobbyists and congressmen involved in the healthcare industry.

    It may be time to frame healthcare under the 'Bain' lense.  If there was a graph that showed what you got for a health care dollar over the last 20 years compared to investor profits in the same period - it would be an eye opener  - that's the message.

  •  Social security (2+ / 0-)
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    From the other angle of careless and excessive spending, the excessive contracts for all things remotely related to the so-called War on Terror coming together with the long string of tax cuts creating the austerity panic.

    I've said previously, there is no time since I've been alive that it seems less likely that the majority of people will be able to work longer or that life spans will continue to rise with the environmental problems that exist today.

    Too many people simply can't seem to accept the fact that the majority of plutocrats, their purchased enablers and wannabes do not think like the great majority of us.  And the real power-wielders, like the Kochs for instance, for all their hypocritical Christian pretensions or perversions, views all of us expendable resources.  Of course they would never admit it, but everything they do and promote points exactly to the belief that human life, much less well-being of the multitudes, exists for their consumption.

    And they're becoming awfully close to saying so directly.

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    by blueoasis on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 01:22:08 PM PDT

    •  Plutocrats are expendable, too! (1+ / 0-)
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      by joe wobblie on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 01:57:24 PM PDT

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