This is what Rob McKenna wants to undo

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  1. 1

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Republicans, as usual, are exploiting the politics of resentment. The common meme emanating from the right seems to go,

    “I worked hard to pay for my health coverage, so why should people less deserving than me get health care?”

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    Chris Stefan spews:

    @1

    “I worked hard to pay for my health coverage, so why should people less deserving than me get health care?”

    Don’t forget the racial subtext: “Why should brown people get health care?”

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Republicans, as usual, are exploiting the politics of resentment. The common meme emanating from the right seems to go,

    “I worked hard to pay for my health coverage, so why should people less deserving than me get health care?”

    Of course, the judgmentalism underlying this argument is entirely inappropriate, and the reasoning itself is logically flawed.

    Lack of health coverage most severely impacts children, yet no one (at least, no reasonable person) expects children to “work hard” for their health care. Conservatives seem willing, if not eager, to punish kids for having undeserving parents.

    But the whole question of “deservingness” is a red herring. This “zero sum” approach to who gets health care is unnecessary, because our country is rich enough to provide health care for everyone, and the whole system is more efficient and cost-effective if we do it that way. The conservative notion that people should be punished for not being successful enough is unethical and needlessly cruel.

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    slingshot spews:

    @ 1 & 2, Often it’s “I worked hard” at my government job “to pay for my health coverage”.

  5. 5

    Michael spews:

    @4

    You’ve got something against the guys that the drive snow plows that keep I-90 open in the winter?

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    spews:

    slingshot @4:

    @ 1 & 2, Often it’s “I worked hard” at my government job “to pay for my health coverage”.

    What’s your point? That a “government job” isn’t a job? That government employees don’t deserve to have their employer offer a group health insurance plan?

    Or that you’re an unthinking dumbass parroting the rabid pronouncements of hate radio? On that point you’ve made yourself quite clear.

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    Michael spews:

    @4

    People work hard for what they have, they shouldn’t have to worry about losing everything they’ve worked for because of some capricious action on the part of their health insurance provider or from a medical emergency while in between jobs.