Days 152-158: No, Republicans Don’t Want People to Die…They Just Seem Callously Indifferent to the Short-term Human Cost of Their Anarcho-libertarian Pipe Dreams

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Some of the handful of Republicans I follow on Twitter have been complaining that we liberals are painting them with too broad a brush when we say they actually want millions of people to die. Of course they don’t; Republicans are not evil. They love their children. They love their pets. They just also happen to love small government.

Still, when it comes to the plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, GOPers need to reconcile some fundamental contradictions. You can’t believe in releasing health care to the whims of the free market, in forcing poor people to have more ‘skin in the game,’ in letting insurance companies drop costly clients, etc. without acknowledging that many more people will get sick (and some will die). You want the federal government out of healthcare, then you’ve got to own the consequences (even if they are only short-term bumps on the road to your libertarian utopia). Otherwise, you are just doing a version of Trump’s rainbow-out-the-ass-unicorn promise to maintain coverage, protect pre-existing conditions, end the individual mandate, all while reducing premiums and cutting taxes.

And speaking of skin in the game, what the hell kind of ideology of personal responsibility takes away Medicaid from millions of children?

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Days 123-151: For Whom the Bellwether Tolls

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Now we know. We are riding a wave of progressive anti-Trump energy big enough to panic the GOP, broad enough to swing votes left from their historical trends in several different states, and deep enough for…bupkis. Clearly the midterms will not be an easy sweep; despite manifestly criminal incompetence of the executive, Republicans still (sometimes begrudgingly) back the president.

It’s Go Time

That being said, the midterms are months away and Senate Republicans have finally agreed to expose their Obamacare repeal bill to the light of day. Details are expected tomorrow, with a CBO score coming early next week–the bill careening toward a vote next Thursday. Given passage, House Republicans would no doubt swallow the new version, thus setting up for an actual enactment of this larcenous shit pile of a law. The Senate version is expected to smooth some of the rough edges from the House version while remaining fundamentally unchanged in its design to extract money from the poor and middle class to provide tax cuts for the rich. The proposed cuts to Medicaid are even more draconian than the house bill, exposing the lie that the repeal has anything at all to do with the socialist horrors of Obamacare’s fines for those unwilling to buy insurance (see also: defunding Planned Parenthood–protests expected).

So what to do? We have a few short days to organize. Call those Dems and encourage them to shut down the process. Call those Republicans and tell them you’ll support their eventual opponent. Call those friends who live in other states. Call your professional organizations. Call your mother (not about Obamacare, just call).