Venomously and mischievously the Republican Party has opposed the Affordable Health Care Law whose basic aim is to insure all Americans against any kind of medical catastrophe. Sara Palin, among others, has gushered forth against it and its “so-called” evils like a broken toilet spewing forth its sewerage.
The Republican Party is seemingly against it to the last man; generally denouncing Obama Care as the worst catastrophe ever promulgated against the American People. Rick Santorum seems to count it as equal to the worst punishment Satan could command against any sinning soul. The Koch brothers have put out rather disgusting commercials telling young adults to opt out of the law, refuse to join and don’t get medical insurance. They would rather have them be dependent upon the government and the taxpayers if a critical medical emergency were to occur.
What’s wrong with this law? What great evil will it bring about? How will it damn the American People?
There is one interesting note of irony here. The Affordable Health Care Law (Obama Care) was originally a Republican proposal or plan, particularly as it was carried out in Massachusetts during Mitt Romney’s governorship. It allows everyone to take full responsibility for their own and their family’s health care. It also allows for an expansion of private business based upon the principles of the free market by having the system run by private enterprise.
The Democratic idea was to set up a system based upon a single payer, the government. They would run the system as they do Social Security and Medicare. If the Democrats had pushed this idea through then most of the problems that existed with the present system would not have occurred. The system would have been government sponsored and government controlled. It would have included all people in the United States. Instead the Democrats tried to glean Republican support for the program. In passing the bill the Democrats did not receive one Republican vote in either House of Congress.
Why then have the Republicans come down so heavily upon a plan which is mostly their own, and which espouses all their principles? The Republicans are a political party run mostly by mature white males. They have two major factors against Barak Obama: one is that he is a Democrat and two, that he is black. This is not necessarily the order of importance of those two factors.
The Washington Republicans in both Houses of Congress agreed in caucus shortly after Obama was elected President in 2008 that they would make him a One-Term President by not supporting anything that he wanted to bring about, that he would be the least successful of all elected presidents. They publically announced this.
Unfortunately for them the Democrats controlled Congress for the first two years of his first term and they passed, among other reforms, the Affordable Health Care Bill, trying to get Republican support by espousing their basic principles. The Bill received no Republican support of votes. In fact it was adamantly opposed by the Republican Party. When Obama was reelected to a second term the Republicans were stuck with their initial position and they all had to follow the party line and oppose the measure.
This is true even though they probably would have strongly supported the bill under a Republican President. To me, this is the ultimate irony, having to dramatically oppose what you initially promulgated.
Is this behavior rational? Does it serve the American people, many of whom are still facing the 2008 Real Estate Crisis, which was brought about by the major banks in the United States, with the support of a former Republican dominated Congress.
The situation is ludicrous. All the legislators take an oath to follow the Constitution and serve the American people. Instead the Republicans are ignoring their oath and serving the Party. Their goal, at any price, is to return ruling power to themselves. To date they have exacerbated negative economic conditions with the sequester, refused to supply an operating budget to the United States, and closed the Federal Government for a period of time, costing the economy billions of dollars and, during a time of high unemployment brought about the loss of additional hundreds of thousands of jobs.
If anything, instead of gaining support, by their legislative actions, both on state and Federal levels, the Republican Party has adroitly alienated all sorts of groups of people/voters. On a Federal level the House of Representatives has refused to pass immigration legislation, arbitrarily continuing the separation of members of families and keeping young people who were brought to the United States as babies or young children from becoming citizens. There was a case of an Arizona police officer discovering that at the age of 42 that she was actually born in Mexico and had to resign from her job. One of the reasons given for this is that immigrant Latinos tend to vote for Democrats.
The Republicans have alienated a large percentage of the female population, presumably over the issue of birth control, taking Constitutional rights away from women and depriving those that are poor of medical aid by closing their free clinics. The argument is that this is to stop abortions from being performed. Somehow or other they have also alienated Asians. In addition to all of the above the Republicans have attempted to limit the votes of minorities and the aged on the state level where they can, because these people also vote for Democratic candidates.
At the rate they’re going the Republicans may end up with almost no supporters at some point in the near future. Then, I suppose, they will complain that they are being unfairly picked on.
I suppose if the Republicans can restrict the vote to just evangelicals and the members of the far right they can regain political power for a long period of time. They may even be able to follow the precepts of someone like Rick Santorum who seemed to want to set up a modern day theocracy where a relatively small group of elderly white men would decide what is morally, ethnically, and legally right for everyone in the nation.