With website glitches going nowhere and the GOP playbook almost played out, Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner and Fox News contributor, is busy trying to concern troll the “redistribution” structure of ObamaCare to the mainstream media like John Harwood (a very sane, responsible journalist). York is not alone in this venture.
York tweeted Harwood, “Obama totally misrepresented plan, ignoring its redistributive structure in his public appeals.”
And again, “BTW, you are absolutely right to say that ‘the redistribution of wealth has always been a central feature of [Obamacare].'”
But Harwood, who covers Washington and national politics for CNBC and the New York Times, is not new to politics, nor is he a drama king/concern troll like many of these fools. He wondered, “what does it say abt our politics that saying “economic justice requires redistribution of resources” is red flag? http://nyti.ms/1h9OPPu”
Harwood linked to his NYT article that discusses redistribution of ObamaCare in depth. He noted:
“Redistribution is a loaded word that conjures up all sorts of unfairness in people’s minds,” said William M. Daley, who was Mr. Obama’s chief of staff at the time. Republicans wield it “as a hammer” against Democrats, he said, adding, “It’s a word that, in the political world, you just don’t use.”
York had a very silly answer, “It says ‘economic justice’ is incredibly slippery, potentially dangerous concept. Reasonable to view as red flag.”
Harwood, “OK. But pretty much every political idea or value can present slippery slope problems”.
And there you have it. The truth.
Let’s take Republican ideas like Republicans’ defense of oil company subsidies and of Walmart’s refusal to pay a living wage thereby forcing employees on government programs (subsidizing Walmart’s profits with our tax dollars) — both of these are a redistribution of wealth – a socialization of corporate losses while refusing to let the people in on the profits.
ObamaCare returns the people’s money to the people.
Citizens want other citizens covered a lot more than they want to subsidize oil company losses and Walmart’s cheapness with their employees while getting screwed on the profits. And no matter what Republicans say or how entitled they act to make decisions about our money, it is OUR MONEY and OUR VOTE. We already voted on this issue and the polls back it up. The only real issue with ObamaCare is some liberals don’t think it goes far enough.
ObamaCare benefits those of us with private insurance already by cutting costs because those without insurance won’t be using hospitals as healthcare visits. Those with private insurance will still benefit from free well tests like mammograms and protection from insurance companies dropping us when/if we get sick.
All of this ObamaScare fear mongering is meant to justify scraping ObamaCare:
I don't believe Obamacare can be fixed to lower premiums and expand access. We need to scrap it & start over: https://t.co/LlBcNOK4SE
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPWhip) November 24, 2013
Republicans want to scrap ObamaCare and start over – but not really. If they really wanted to start over, they’d have an idea and they don’t. But whatever they come up with will be a corporate giveaway that doesn’t protect patients, if their previous “solutions” are any indication.
So they’re going to rattle up so “redistribution” fears while totally ignoring their own very costly and dangerous welfare/redistribution to corporations. Republicans are the ultimate backseat drivers — yelling without telling the driver what the problem is, just so they can hopefully cause an accident in the service of stopping progress. Their hypocritical, Machiavellian “ends justify the means” tactics know no bounds.
This America – the one where other citizens want their fellow citizens to have access to affordable care, is not the GOP’s America. These are the same people who mock the sick and shame the poor, while cheering the death of the uninsured. Of course they think any monies going to the poor instead of Shell Oil Company is a very bad thing.
But the American people don’t share the GOP’s vision for America. And that is the real reason they won’t stop back-seat screeching and concern trolling.
It’s true – there’s redistribution in ObamaCare. Of course there is. Any time we spend tax dollars we are redistributing the wealth. The questions are, who benefits and what are the other ramifications/costs/benefits to society.
Don’t be afraid of “redistribution” charges, because this accusation is a phony distraction with very big holes for the party of Corporate Welfare. It just shows their rampant hypocrisy and feelings of entitlement to our money – which is ironic, since many of the corporations and very rich (Mitt Romney) don’t even pay taxes, so why should they have any say in how we redistribute them.
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