This morning I read the opinion piece in the New York Times by Charles M. Blow, and then I read the most recommended comments to his article. The two comments which really say it all, in my opinion, are the following:
Karen Garcia New Paltz, NY
Lost in the circular blame game media hype of the GOP vs the White House vs. the contractors vs. HHS are an estimated 30 million people who’ll still be uninsured even if the website worked like a charm from Day One. This includes the 8 million desperately poor people deliberately barred from expanded Medicaid in GOP-controlled states.
These same 30 million are joining nearly 20 million others who, starting Friday, will have their SNAP benefits cut by an average of $32 a month for a family of three. That’s a week’s worth of thrifty meals. And since most Food Stamp households contain children, it kind of does bring the political malpractice up to the level of felony-grade child abuse.
The looming cuts don’t even factor in the $4 billion already agreed to by the full Senate. That’s peanuts, compared to the $40 billion the clinical sadists of the House GOP want to inflict, just to hold up poor people as Old Testament pariahs deserving of scorn.
So where’s the outrage over the deliberate slow starvation of a fifth of the population? Where’s the anger over the fact that half of all public school children now live below the poverty line, and that a third of all adults are deemed officially poor in the “one exceptional nation?” How about the insanity of both parties even discussing chained CPI for retirees when the level of extreme elder poverty jumped another 16% in the last year alone?
A website glitch is the least of it. Where are the jobs? Where’s the humanity?
Oct. 30, 2013 at 9:41 p.m.REPLY
Obamacare may have had some start-up woes and missteps, but I don’t know of any major government initiative that was devoid of implementation problems, or that depended so heavily on a complex Web roll-out. Whatever this says about assigning blame and the subsequent hazing of Mr. Obama, it says one thing very clearly about Republicans: they can attack this plan with impunity because they had absolutely nothing to do with it. Their contribution to the health care discussion has been to obstruct it, and to say that the American people don’t want affordable health care.
Republicans have used this false austerity mantra for the last 5 years, and not because it will grow the economy. We can’t cut our way to prosperity any more than we can starve our way to full bellies. But the intention is to starve the government of revenue, close or seriously constrict social safety net programs, and obstruct any and all legislation that might reflect favorably on Mr. Obama. Hence the glee with which they pounce on the problems.
They have tried to abort Obamacare, and, failing that, have turned its birth into a breech delivery, intending to cause pain rather than pave the way for uninsured families to get health insurance. I’d like to say that they just don’t care about American families, but that would not be accurate. Their lack of care would be welcomed. What they’re doing is actively hurting millions of people for their own selfish motives.
Oct. 30, 2013 at 10:22 p.m.REPLY