Free marketeers? Supply siders? Galt acolytes? The party to promote sickness and death? The party that will cut your taxes until not even your toilet will flush. The news this week of the death of a young, healthy woman from, what for her, was probably preventable, for no better reason than the lack of health insurance really does force us to look at what the Republican Party, Teabaggers, Wingnuts and Glibertairians are actually attempting to foist onto an entire society - that WE ALL should ACCEPT this for what it is - Our families, our friends and neighbors and our enemies are going to get sicker and die sooner because they are prevented from engaging in a financial transaction with a multinational corporation. Nate or Kevin or some other graph wizard could chart out what this really looks like - you know - health insurance premiums go up another 75-80%, deductibles increase, employers drop our insurance so more and more of us go without routine, exotice, and life saving healthcare - the pool of insured shinks and shrinks until the only Americans left in the insurance pool are Congresspeople, state and federal employees and the top 10% of wage earners. This in turn will shrink the doctor/hospital pool; health care providers will have to charge higher and higher fees to cover the loss of patients - and the downward spiral spirals downward. The Republican position on Health Care Reform is anti-business and anti-American (as in would rather see the destruction of society than do the right thing), and wholly, nakedly political.
And given all that, the thing that really pisses me off is the fact that, even though they are the Minority Party, they may still force a weak-ass, piece of legislation on the American Taxpayer, because what? Democrats locked their better angels in a box somewhere and too many of them lost the key or forgot where they left the box.
Here's an idea; if you support real health-care reform, and you live in a congressional district where your Congressperson does not support real health-care reform, declare you intention to run for Congress. And your only platform is I WANT CONGRESSIONAL HEALTHCARE. I wonder what this debate would look like if some of these numbskulls had FIVE or SIX HUNDRED primary challengers.