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The lengths to which the Republican Party is trying to sabotage the Affordable Care Act is nothing short of bizarre. Some might say, evil. But this resistance to providing every American with affordable health care isn’t really about health care. It’s really a declaration of war over who deserves the benefits of being a citizen in a nation-state; who deserves the fruits of being an American.

If health reform is allowed to succeed, reactionary arguments against the government’s obligation to provide for the people’s welfare suddenly fall flat. Why - the public would then ask - is the government so awful if it is guaranteeing me the means to keep myself and my family healthy (and therefore, alive)? Hey, maybe the government isn’t so bad after all, and we should have more of it.

Meanwhile, as attacks on the ACA continue and mainstream news outlets act as if the law is headed for failure, the fearful cries against single payer grow ever more shrill in the conservative media. Anti-health reform zealots are the most frightened of a government expansion of Medicare to all Americans because they know the idea would be extremely popular and would help many Americans benefit economically. Calling the ACA - or Obamacare, as it’s come to be known - “socialist” or “Communist” is merely a distraction, when these zealots know full well that the ACA is based on the free-market theories of a conservative think tank. The distraction is meant to keep the public from even considering a better alternative to Obamacare.

But what is so insidious about attacks on efforts to get the United States toward universal health care is that the reactionaries seem to believe that some people aren’t deserving of health care at all. And so, neither are they deserving of a good education, a good job at a living wage, affordable housing, a decent pension in old age, or even food. This means there ought to be two societies in America: one for those who are entitled to all the resources and wealth in the country, and the other for those who can labor in it, but should expect little or nothing in return. In another age, the former class of people would have been called an aristocracy. If an aristocracy is what the reactionaries want for the United States, then they should just come out and say so.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    "Behind every great fortune is a great crime." - Honore de Balzac

    by mooremusings on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 08:14:58 AM PST

  •  I just realized this is my first diary (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Gooserock, Glen The Plumber

    in 7 months!

    "Behind every great fortune is a great crime." - Honore de Balzac

    by mooremusings on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 08:16:58 AM PST

  •  follow the money (0+ / 0-)
    But what is so insidious about attacks on efforts to get the United States toward universal health care is that the reactionaries seem to believe that some people aren’t deserving of health care at all.
    While it would great if everyone could get all the healthcare that they need, the difficulty always comes when trying to decide who will have to pay for it.

    Our collective desire for the services is greater than our collective desire to spend the money on it. Especially when those extra dollars one is spending are going to someone else.

  •  They Don't Want Services to Exist, Period. (0+ / 0-)

    They oppose government promotion of the general welfare as a principle in its entirety.

    Spotlighting noncitizens is a tool not a funamental purpose of this movement.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 08:35:16 AM PST

    •  Yeah, except that they rely on public research (0+ / 0-)

      for health solutions.  Private enterprise appears to co-opt more than it funds outright.

      "The plan is to allow those things that had been proposed over many years to reform a health-care system in America that certainly does need more help..." ~Sarah Palin

      by MsGrin on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 09:51:06 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Keep musing and publishing (1+ / 0-)
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    MsGrin

    Good points.

    Shall we go? Yes, let's go.

    by whenwego on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 08:42:53 AM PST

  •  I used to work for a guy (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    mooremusings

    ...who was an heir to a pretty sizable family fortune.  I used to write recommendation letters for his signature for his nieces and nephews to attend colleges.  

    We had a conversation about who gets in, and he kindly explained to me that the children in his family bring diversity to those campuses.  This was a notion which had not occurred to me about these individuals, so I asked how, exactly, they did that.  He looked at me as if I was abjectly foolish and said, 'they bring money.'

    It's been a decade since that convo, and I still can't quite get my head around it.  I can get that bringing an experience of poverty to campus may well enrich those who have not experienced want by allowing them perspective.  But the converse doesn't hold for me - it just seems to me that potentially being able to have a building built on campus (nominally in exchange for being admitted) seems like something other than diversity, exactly.  Is it valuable to the campus and to other students?  Well, of course.  But is it diversity?  My brain just can't make sense of it that way.

    At any rate, it was aristocracy in action, but to my mind, attempting to co-opt the language of democracy.

    "The plan is to allow those things that had been proposed over many years to reform a health-care system in America that certainly does need more help..." ~Sarah Palin

    by MsGrin on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 09:48:36 AM PST

  •  It amazes me (0+ / 0-)

    how much the uber-rich have to come up with ever more ridiculous reasons to justify unfair advantages. Money contributing to "diversity" - that's a new one.

    "Behind every great fortune is a great crime." - Honore de Balzac

    by mooremusings on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 02:16:06 PM PST

  •  Non-citizens get coverage - U.S. citizens not! (0+ / 0-)
    Governors who reject health insurance for the poor under the federal health care overhaul could wind up in a politically awkward position on immigration: A quirk in the law means some U.S. citizens would be forced to go without coverage, while legal immigrants residing in the same state could still get it.
    http://theincidentaleconomist.com/...

    Love it! Racist TeaParty/GOP governors deny Medicaid to (white) American citizens while (black, brown, yellow, etc.) non-citizens who are legal immigrants get coverage.

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