Crossposted from Addictinginfo.org
At the end of the day, no matter what Fox News tries to label the Affordable Care Act as, the ACA ensures over thirty million people will have health insurance that would not have had it otherwise. It ensures parents can keep their children covered until they can get their own insurance. It prevents insurance companies from canceling coverage just as people get sick in order to save some money and it forces those same companies to accept anyone, regardless of any pre-existing conditions. Overall, it’s expected to save almost 45,000 lives a year.
For some reason, the prospect of overturning it sent Republicans into spasms of joy. Here’s one now:
“Thank God! They struck down the individual mandate! They took it away!”
That’s Representative Jean Schmidt (R-OH), she’s a Birther and an abortion opponent. She once called fellow representative John Murtha Jr. a coward for wanting to end the pointless war in Iraq. Murtha was a 38 year Marine Corps veteran with a Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Schmidt worked in her daddy’s bank and never served a day in her life.
That the GOP wants Obamacare gone is obvious. What is less obvious is why they want it gone. No, it’s not because it will “destroy America.” Conservatives, like Schmidt, said that about Social Security, Medicare, 40 hour work weeks, labor unions, blacks and women getting the right to vote and pretty much every liberal advancement. All of these things have strengthened the country. No, what Schmidt and her fellow Republicans hate is that Obamacare was passed by Obama. That’s it. They’ve gone on the record as supporting pretty much every measure in the law but spent years and millions of dollars demonizing the whole package. Why? To deny a Democratic president a victory. The GOP has literally declared the individual mandate, an idea they invented, as satanic Socialism simply because Obama embraced it.
Watching an elected official scream in esctasy over what she thought was millions of people, millions of children, losing any hope for health care because is disturbing. Knowing that she only did so because of a crass political decision to squeeze the country until it begs for mercy and puts the GOP back in power is sickening. Knowing that she claims to be pro-”life” while gleefully celebrating 45,000 people a year being condemned to die from lack of health care is just GOP politics as usual.
Even though she lost her primary bid for 2012 and will be out of a job by next year, this video should be played nonstop until November as an example of just how little the GOP cares about the people of this country. “Party Before Country, it’s the Republican way!”