I wrote a post about the article mentioned in the following letter: Republican plan to cut Medicaid is just plain mean. “You’ve really got to wonder about these guys.”
And with that, today's L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:
Just as slumlords have been sentenced by courts to actually live in the hovels they own, I'd like to see Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), who is sponsoring a bill to freeze Medicaid spending, be denied his plush congressional healthcare policy in favor of the Medicaid he claims coddles the unfortunates forced to depend on it.
Put your health where your mouth is, representative, or shut up.
Medicaid is the safety net for people who can't afford health coverage or don't receive medical benefits from employers. It helps people. It keeps people alive. About 70 million people are covered, half are poor children.
David Lazarus's L.A. Times column talks about how the GOP wants to take that aid away in order to tax rich people less. Yes, the "pro-life" party would rather let the less fortunate among us die than raise taxes on those who have more money than they know what to do with.
I'm posting bits and pieces from the column, but please read all of it and then pass it on to those who are turning their backs on working families (or those who are trying to get work or can't work) who just can't make ends meet, families with brand new babies who are born with life-threatening conditions who must be hospitalized and cared for in order to save their brand new little lives. Saving brand new little lives costs money that some families don't have.
Share it with so-called family values Republicans, "pro-lifers" who demand forced ultrasounds and births but once that's accomplished, ignore the newborns who need urgent care; instead they're willing to let them die because Medicaid is something Democrats-- President Obama specifically-- support, something that our big evil life-saving government is forcing on the opposing party, apparently so they and the Muslim Brotherhood can take over the world.
Republican leaders are determined to protect rich people from paying higher taxes. Now they also want to reduce health coverage for the poor.
You've really got to wonder about these guys. [...] This is scary stuff [...]
Medicaid is a declaration that healthcare in the United States is not limited solely to those fortunate enough to have well-compensating jobs or fat bank accounts. [...]
But cutting access to Medicaid for many low-income people, as the Republicans are proposing, isn't just horribly shortsighted — would they prefer people turning instead to emergency rooms? — it's an act of meanness unbecoming of the party of supposed family values.
Paul Castro, chief executive of Jewish Family Service, an L.A. nonprofit that assists the needy:
"Without Medicaid," he said, "we'd see levels of poverty in this country we can't even imagine."
Medicaid isn't just another budget item, such as the nearly $80 billion the Air Force has spent so far developing a new fighter jet, or the almost $600 billion that the Navy will spend on warships over the next 30 years.
Medicaid is people. It's a fair chance.
It's a healthy little baby now residing in Paulina and Jose Cifuentez's home.
David Lazarus is an author and American business and consumer columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He won first place in the 2005 National Headliner Awards contest for business reporting. And the Society of Professional Journalists in Northern California named him "Journalist of the Year" in 2001. (Wikipedia)
John Dean speaks the truth, just as this Republican did, as you'll see below:
Welcome to another edition of "Republicans Eating Their Own" courtesy of The Hill:
Freshman Republican Rep. Richard Hanna (N.Y.) compared the parties in Congress to sports teams only interested in “winning,” and this week credited Democrats in Congress with having “less anger” than Republicans toward the other side.
“If all people do is go down there and join a team, and the team is invested in winning and you have something that looks very similar to the shirts and the skins, there’s not a lot of value there,” he told The Syracuse Post-Standard editorial board on Monday, according to the paper. He called his Democratic friends “much more congenial” than Republican ones.
He then went on to warn that House Republicans are becoming “incapable of governing” by habitually deferring to “extremes.”
This is reminiscent of the book It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With The New Politics of Extremism and subsequent TV appearances by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein:
Their principal conclusion is unequivocal: Today’s Republicans in Congress behave like a parliamentary party in a British-style parliament, a winner-take-all system. But a parliamentary party — “ideologically polarized, internally unified, vehemently oppositional” — doesn’t work in a “separation-of-powers system that makes it extremely difficult for majorities to work their will.” [...]
[I]t has become “an insurgent outlier — ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition . . . all but declaring war on the government.”
John Boehner has been deferring for some time now, because he (and others) is more concerned about being booted out of office by those who favor tea party extremists than about the health and welfare of the American people. Politics matter more than we do. His job matters more than we do. Power and profits take precedence. So do scare tactics.
In this case, Hannah was referring to Michele Bachmann's McCarthyesque warnings and allegations about the Muslim Brotherhood who she claims are magically infiltrating and influencing the State Department, even though they can't seem to do the same to their own government.
“We render ourselves incapable of governing when all we do is take severe sides,” he said. “I have to say that I’m frustrated by how much we — I mean the Republican Party — are willing to give deferential treatment to our extremes in this moment in history.”
As John Dean said, poor Richard Hannah is sure to suffer the consequences for speaking the truth. Honesty may be the best policy, but it's not often the best politics. And that's a shame.
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