Right Wing Pseudo-Patriots Are too Dumb To Realize Healthcare Reform is Freedom

Like Obamacare

Assigning labels to an individual from afar is a tenuous exercise at best, and is often based on false assumptions and mischaracterizations. It is true that abject ignorance is responsible for mislabeling more often than not, and there are quite a few standards that never quite hit the mark, but nevertheless are parroted as if they are absolute truths. Shortly after President Obama was inaugurated, critics on the right immediately began labeling him a Marxist, Socialist, and tyrant based on their perception of his agenda even though his administration was not in full swing. Conservatives typically use the Socialist moniker for any Democratic legislation or agenda even though there is only one Socialized program in America and it is specific to one segment of the population. However, during the healthcare reform debate, teabaggers and hardline conservatives began accusing the President of tyranny, and waving Revolution-era flags warning the government don’t tread on me” as if President Obama was robbing them of their liberty.

The Supreme Court’s ruling that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional elicited a new round of accusations that American democracy was decimated by tyranny in the form of a government takeover of healthcare, and that Americans were now “governed by a monstrous assault on [their] personal liberty and freedom.” This type of reasoning is fallacious for sure, but the pundits parroting the tyranny meme are influencing a segment of the population whose ignorance and reticence to take the intelligent course of action and actually read the provisions of the law portends that regardless the benefits to every American in the ACA, there will be a contingent of Americans clamoring for insurrection and overthrow of the government.

First it is important to reiterate the meaning of tyranny for the hapless pseudo-patriots who use the term with high frequency and intent to incite rebellion. Tyranny is a government in which a single ruler is vested with absolute power, especially when exercised unjustly or cruelly. For the Americans who slept through high-school government class, a reminder that the legislation was debated for nearly a year, passed both houses of Congress, signed by the President, and affirmed as constitutional by the Supreme Court and it should clear the air of charges of tyranny. The High Court’s ruling and subsequent outrage is another example of conservatives who consider any law they oppose tyrannical, even if it was their idea in the first place. Since tyranny involves unjust or cruel exercises of power, it is worth examining how the ACA is unjust and cruel.

The biggest pseudo-patriot complaint is that the individual mandate will send patriotic “real Americans” to prison for not taking responsibility for their own healthcare costs. According to the ACA’s provisions, a vast majority of Americans will never pay the “tax” for not purchasing healthcare insurance and there are three simple reasons. People uninsured because their coverage is unaffordable are exempted, those who are uninsured and do not file taxes because their incomes are too low are exempted, and those who would encounter “hardship” by paying the penalty are exempted, and in every instance, Americans who do pay taxes will pick up the tab for the uninsured regardless the reason for their exemption. There is even a religious exemption for people who believe medicine is the Devil’s work and an attempt by man to supplant god as the source of healing.

Republicans who consider any source of revenue a violation of god’s law used the court’s decision to rail on President Obama for tyranny in burdening the American people with more unfair taxation, and as usual, their assertions are lies. Grover Norquist said,” it’s now clear that ‘Obamacare’ is all about taxes and it hits everybody, not just rich people.” Sarah Palin claimedObama lied to the American people. He said it wasn’t a tax. Obama lies; freedom dies,” and Mormon king of liars Willard Romney said, “Obamacare raises taxes on the American people.” First, President Obama did not call the individual mandate a tax, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts did. Second, Norquist and Romney’s contention that “Obamacare raises taxes on the American people and that it his everybody” belies the Congressional Budget Office estimation that between 1-2% of the population will face the penalty/tax for failing to purchase health insurance. Speaking of unfair taxation, conservatives conveniently omit the tax benefits from the health law for employers and credits to help Americans purchase health insurance that will surpass any penalties 10 to 1, or $686 billion to $55 billion according to the CBO.

Most Americans will have access to affordable health insurance through an employer, exchanges, or public programs, and coupled with the various exemptions for low-income means nearly 98% of the population will not pay any penalty/tax for failing to purchase insurance. The reality is that the only people who will pay the modest penalty are those who can afford, and refuse, to take responsibility for their own healthcare and are addicted to having the rest of the country to pay for their medical treatment.

The individual mandate is a matter of personal responsibility, and it is a perpetual Republican mantra as reason to cut social safety nets and entitlements, except when it is proposed by an African American in the Oval Office. As it stands now, if a person does not have insurance and gets treatment for an injury, illness, or disease, the uncompensated care is paid for by taxpayers and 84% of Americans who can afford and carry healthcare insurance. The President’s health law is not tyranny; it is relief for taxpayers and responsible Americans, and a means to insure 30-million Americans without healthcare insurance.

What is most disconcerting from the “government under Obama is tyrannical sect” is that a majority of the complaints come from Americans who benefit from taxpayer-funded government programs. Americans who never file income tax returns because their incomes are too low, or enjoy receiving earned income credit (free taxpayer money), or use Medicare/Medicaid for childbirth, vaccinations, or emergency room visits are the first to cry foul and complain that the Obama Administration is imposing a prison sentence because they exercise their “god-given constitutional” freedom of living off other Americans’ tax dollars. What is really sad, is that most Americans who pay taxes feel a responsibility to help less-fortunate Americans and then have to listen to the same people complain government is robbing them of their freedom when they will receive free healthcare insurance and never pay a penalty.

Most Americans who learn what the Affordable Care Act entails see the program as a means to acquire healthcare coverage they most likely never could afford, and those who have coverage see the end of predatory providers’ malfeasance in delivering services the consumer pays for. Republicans and their conservative pundits know the health law is not tyranny, but reform the insurance industry has obstructed for sixty years. In fact, the people claiming President Obama is a tyrant cannot cite one example of tyranny except that he is an African American, Socialist, and Marxist. For the record, the only Socialistic program in this country is the Veteran’s Health Administration and it is highly regarded, highly successful, and extremely efficient in providing high-quality healthcare to the nation’s heroes, and under assault from Republicans who voted for Paul Ryan’s budget and Willard Romney who proposes giving Veterans a voucher to purchase insurance, but that is another article.

These cries of tyranny are the result of uneducated and racist Americans who find no genuine reason to oppose the President, and from conservatives who are prone to take advantage of racist sentiments rampant in the population. It is astonishing that this President provided the American people with a sound law to protect their investment in their own healthcare, and he is called a tyrant. The only tyranny Americans have suffered is from an industry that bankrupted millions of infirm citizens and refused to provide treatment for millions more with the blessing and protection of the Republican Party.

One begins to wonder, what is wrong with such a large segment of the population that they are willing to go “revolutionary war” on the government because it provides them with quality affordable healthcare and expects those able to purchase coverage to do so instead of living off the largesse of 84% of Americans who do pay income taxes and purchase health insurance? Now, Republicans are making the general election about repealing the health law to return to the status quo when pre-existing conditions, lifetime limits, and reduced coverage was standard procedure and they are banking on the “Obamacare is tyranny” mantra to carry them to victory. However, they would not take this course of action without the support and racist dispensation of teabaggers and pseudo-patriots who have as much comprehension of tyranny as they do quantum physics. The truth is, there is more intelligence in quanta reaction than all the teabaggers, pseudo-patriots, and hardline conservatives combined, and indicts an entire segment of the population who are not intelligent enough to realize they were just handed a precious gift they label as tyranny.




21 Replies to “Right Wing Pseudo-Patriots Are too Dumb To Realize Healthcare Reform is Freedom”

  1. “Tyranny” means, “A mere n***** has moved into the White House, and he’s telling me what to do.”

  2. I know it’s trite to say we can’t expect much thinking from conservatives at this point but it’s true. How they cannot see that 2+2=4 is beyond me unless its all that home-schoolin’

  3. This is Republican legislation with a few Democratic things tossed into the pot. This is not a Government takeover of healthcare, but a regulation of the Insurance industry.

    The smart thing for Republicans to do is sit down with the President and his party and strike a compromise. The Insurance moguls realize that this thing is not going away.

  4. Well done! Excellent, concise explanation of the lunatic fringe’s response to an imperfect (does not go far enough) but reasonable plan to make sure that all citizens have coverage.

  5. Let’s go through all the ways the ACA impinges on our freedoms and rights:

    It denies habeas corpus – NO!

    It is a bill of attainder or ex post facto law – not that either.

    There’s a religious test for political office buried in there somewhere – not that I’ve found.

    It abridges our rights to free religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition – no, no, no, no, and did I mention? – NO!

    It prohibits gun ownership – I wish!

    It forces troops to quarter in your home – no.

    It authorizes warrantless searches and seizures – not that either.

    It authorizes repeat trials and self-accusatory testimony – still no.

    It deprives you of counsel and trial or suit by jury – nope.

    It’s cruel and unusual punishment – that’s what I call the ABSENCE of coverage.

    It deprives equal protection of the law – if anything this enhances that.

    It constitutes slavery – maybe for the insurers that now have to cover you, but too bad.

    It cancels elections or deprives your franchise – that’s what the GOP is doing in some states.

    See how many ways the ACA deprives our rights? Wait – it doesn’t? Oh, well – never mind!

  6. Please share this – Republicans started the Iraq War to oust a dictator and install Democracy. Republicans wrote and approved the Iraq Constitution which includes Universal Health Care. Over 4300 AMERICAN MILITARY PERSONNEL WERE KILLED so that Republicans could give ALL Iraqi Citizens Health Care; but Republicans don’t believe that 30 million American Citizens deserve Health Care?
    Article 31: “Every citizen has the right to health care. The state takes care of public health and provide the means of prevention and treatment by building different types of hospitals and medical institutions.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/11/AR2005101100961.html

  7. Conservative = not wanting change. Maybe they’ve been resisting upgrading their computers, and still have the original first-release Pentium processor.

  8. Sheep have to be told how to think. They are incapable of being free thinkers. In life there are two types of people leaders and followers and most of the Fox right wing universe are followers.

  9. Rightwingers only want to be free of obeying laws. That’s why their shot through with fraudsters, con men, and a lot of violent types who think it is ok to ‘make your own law’ like the various militias.

    What they NEVER protest against is coercion by corporations, being cheated by business people, etc. Wonder why???

  10. True tyranny is being forced into medical bankruptcy. Or dying from lack of access to medical care.

    Great American motto: “Over 30,000 killed every year!”

  11. Would you prefer the term Blackie McBlackface?
    What these people think is what they think whatever term you use.

  12. Its an impingement of our freedoms to take care of our citizens, these Teabaggers really believe this. Can’t these morons move to Somalia already and try their Libertarian stupidity out for real?

  13. Yeah, and it wasn’t that long ago that they made bankruptcy far harder to get. The cry was “people abusing the system” (and yes, we’ve seen that), but the reality was they wanted to make it far harder for people to dump unjust debts and gain a measure of freedom (ever seen a bill go from $2,000 to $10,000 in a year? It’s the precursor to debt peonage).

    Republican Medicare – “Die Quickly and Cheaply. If we can make a profit off your death, so much the better!”

  14. man will the right wingers be pissed..first of all when the Obamacare label gets morphed into the Obama cares meme… then when the law becomes as popular as social security, or medicare

    it will ensure this presidents legacy as much as a place or Rushmore, or image on a coin..

  15. Never thought I would type these words, but “thank you Mr. Mitt Romney” (NOT Willard) for bringing this important information to light. It exposes a crucial element of the GOP, and it is that they do not care about America or its citizens. The information will be put to good use.

  16. Every dipshit that thinks the Affordable Healthcare Act was treason should read this article, it is well written and clear, and if they are too stupid to realize that the President has helped them, not imprisoned them, they are just using this as a reason to express their hatred and frustration at a black man being the President of the U.S. How could so many people be so stupid in this day and age?

  17. Hmm.. According to the GOP and their tea-baggers, it looks like the ACA does all the same things gay marriage does. Imagine that!

  18. you have basically described the Patriot Act, but you don’t hear the right complaining about that do you? Fucking hypocrites.

  19. Ugh. The real pity is that these people aren’t dumb. They’re just stupid.

    If they were dumb the adults in the room could finish their conversation in peace.

  20. Although the quote the teabaggers always bandy about amuses me. Apparently they didn’t read the whole quote- which should surpmisinformed, As it calls them ignorant and misinformed. Jefferson hit that nail spot-on.

    ” … God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty…. And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

    Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334 (C.J. Boyd, Ed., 1950)

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