Thursday, January 12, 2017

Why Do Republicans Hate Obamacare? Because They Hate Obama

Robin Marty of Cosmopolitan has finally cleared up, in a cogent way, one of the enduring mysteries of the Obama presidency: why Republicans are so opposed to Obamacare. We Democrats sensed that it had a lot to do with racism and politics; still, it was hard to comprehend how Republicans across the country, without ONE single exception, could heartlessly and ruthlessly deprive seven million Americans of health care insurance. Here is what Marty wrote:

“The GOP’s refusal to vote in favor of Obamacare’s passage and their aggressive opposition to every element of the bill - even those they had agreed with in the past - served to help them sweep into power in both Congress and a number of state legislatures when the 2010 midterms came around. And by taking over a number of state legislatures and governors’ mansions, Republicans could then block portions of the ACA from going into effect, further hampering the reforms. Red-state legislatures often refused to expand Medicaid so more people could receive subsidized insurance plans, leaving their residents with far more expensive out-of-pocket costs than blue-state counterparts. They also often opted out of opening their own state exchanges, forcing the uninsured to enroll through the federal exchange instead, which limited their coverage options and put a greater burden on the federal site. By first refusing to support Obamacare and then purposefully trying to make it fail, Republicans believed any consumer dissatisfaction would rest completely on the shoulders of the Democrats, since they were the only ones to vote in favor of the law.

“So do Republicans really despise the Affordable Care Act? Despite the fact that they have voted in some way, shape, or form to repeal some or all of the ACA more than 60 times in the six years since it was signed into law, the answer may surprisingly be no. Or at least, not as much of it as they claim. But they do hate the 'Obamacare' that was passed solely with Democratic votes and signed by a Democratic president, and they will do anything to tear that down completely. And when they later replace it with a new plan that has a surprising number of policies similar to the law they just undid, well, then we will know the thing they hated most about Obamacare was always Obama.”

Republicans, as we all know, are profound and oblivious hypocrites who think only of themselves and not the welfare of others; yet they claim to be Christians. Guess they missed this Bible verse from Psalms 41:1-3: "Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble, the Lord delivers him...the Lord sustains him on his sick bed; in his illness, you restore him to full health."

...and this one from Proverbs 19:17: "Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed."

...and this one from Galatians 6:2: "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the Law of Christ."

...and this one from...oh, what's the point? Republicans are heartless, conscienceless bastards who pay no heed to the book they purport to love more than any other.