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Forum Post: Republicans’ new anti-Obamacare tactic: Class war

Posted 9 months ago on Oct. 30, 2013, 1:57 p.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee were on the leading edge. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, and his colleagues tried to stoke a fire of panic by advancing the false charge that Healthcare.gov violates legal protections preventing the government and private entities from disclosing people’s health status information.

Other Republicans settled on a less mendacious strategy. It’s true that a subset of Affordable Care Act beneficiaries will see their overall out-of-pocket costs increase under the law, or be required to pay hundreds of dollars a month for first-time coverage, with no premium support from the government. Those people are coming out of the woodwork. And so Republicans are now spending as much time disingenuously bemoaning Healthcare.gov’s problems as they are pretending that the Obamacare marketplaces will create more losers than winners.

If a flood of stories about “rate shock” scare people out of browsing for plans themselves, all the better. But the real backup plan, such as it is, is to pit a thin demographic — healthy, young, middle-class, disproportionately male individuals who had cheap but crappy insurance until now and are resentful that they have to pay more — against the newly insured, and older, sicker beneficiaries who will see their costs go down, and hope the latter don’t have enough clout to prevail in a political brawl.

The right’s demographic will probably be easier to mobilize. See this L.A. Times story, or David Frum’s Twitter account, for a taste of the (in some cases understandable) resentment. But if Healthcare.gov works soon, it probably won’t have the numbers. We’ve known for years that Obamacare wouldn’t be immediately beneficial to everyone’s bottom line — that it would create a new financial hardship for a small minority of consumers. But first-year premiums actually came in lower than expected, which means this demographic will be smaller than anticipated. Moreover, I think the right is badly underestimating how important the law is already proving to people who were uninsurable until this month. Many of them will be happily paying thousands of dollars a year more than they had been — because it costs $0.00 a month to apply for insurance and get turned down. http://www.salon.com/2013/10/28/republicans_new_anti_obamacare_tactic_class_war/

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[-] 2 points by ZenDog (13178) from South Burlington, VT 9 months ago

As a strategy, class warfare is not new to the repelican leadership.

They've been engaged in class warfare for a number of years, but I'm not sure they were aware of that fact. Once it dawned on them that in fact that is what they were doing, waging class war, they decided they better get out in front of the accusation, and it seems to have been quite successful.

[+] -6 points by aprilsnow (14) 9 months ago

You are too funny. DOG!!

Class warfare is what launched our current POTUS" career; WTF do you think a community organizer is???

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (13178) from South Burlington, VT 8 months ago

I plan to celebrate when you sick right wing shills stop breathing. It will be a beautiful day.

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[-] 2 points by shooz (17714) 9 months ago

http://wendellpotter.com/2013/10/healthcare-gov-disaster-symptom-of-larger-problem/

Amazingly enough, these issue were created by Newt Gingrich's dismantling of the OTA.

The

Office of

Technology

Assessment.

The first step to dismantling effective government is to assure that it lacks knowledge of technology.

It's the libe(R)tarian way.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (13178) from South Burlington, VT 8 months ago

fukin repelicans . . . if it ain't broke, lets BREAK IT!!

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[-] -1 points by HCHC4 (-28) 9 months ago

Bottom line: The federal government is now forcing people to purchase the corporation's products.

Can't wait to see where this leads us down the road. Good times ahead!!

[-] 2 points by shooz (17714) 9 months ago

http://www.rickscottwatch.blogspot.com/

You missed how this guy helped make so.

You also skip over the fact that those same corporations force people back on the government anyway.

It's how Scott made his fortune.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 months ago

Bottom line, you're a fucking narcissist.

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[-] -2 points by gameon (-51) 9 months ago

where it's always been meant to lead,...........to fascism.

[+] -5 points by oktoberchill (-3) 9 months ago

Really. They already have the police state infrastructure in place. Now they are starting the fascist polices that any sensible person knows cannot be challenged. We are well and truly screwed

[-] -2 points by Devonshire (81) from Norwich, VT 9 months ago

I agree, we are in a very, very perilous situation at this date and time, but still you can't lose hope.

I just got back from NY where I heard Alexis Goldstein and Professor Richard Wolf as well as two other people speak.

My point; There is a lot of good people taking risks and working hard to make this a country a place we can all be proud of.

I know that I don't want my legacy to be acquiescence to the corrupt status quo. What about you?

[-] -2 points by HCHC4 (-28) 9 months ago

I'd rather lose a fight and walk home with a bloody nose than to have humored a bully.

[-] -1 points by Devonshire (81) from Norwich, VT 8 months ago

I can tell that about you hc. ;-). I'll send some bandages..

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[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 8 months ago

Save some for yourself. You're going to need them.

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