Ted Cruz pointed out the obvious, that Obamacare is going to hurt Americans, including working class Americans. It is going to increase income inequality. So, the Rachel Maddow website trots out a sneer from Steve Benon: “The Contradiction Behind Cruz’s Confusion”
So let me get this straight. The Affordable Care Act is too generous to working families, but it’s also punishing working families. Health care reform goes too far in making economic inequalities less severe, but health care reform also goes too far in making economic inequalities more severe.
Clearly, Ted Cruz takes himself and his rhetoric very seriously, but one wonders if he expects the rest of us to do the same.
News flash: No one ever thought that “Health care reform” could make “economic inequalities less severe” outside a general plunging of everyone into an equal poverty (which, technically, would result in less inequality). If people actually believed that the Obamacare magic spell could work, then there would have been more supporters and Republicans would not have swept up seats in 2010.
It is true that the conviction that theft is wrong is more prevalent in circles that vote Republican. But most of those people also hold to another notion with immediate consequences for economic theory: crime does not pay. Robbing from the rich and giving to the poor cannot empower the poor or make them truly better off. If anyone benefits, it is the robbers themselves.
So opposing redistribution is not contradictory to noticing that redistributionist policies hurt the people who they claim to help (like African Americans and women, for example). On the contrary, the promises of redistribution are usually cover for plans to further degrade the middle, working, and lower classes.
Brenon attempts to win against Cruz by bluffing:
As a substantive matter, the right-wing senator’s argument is predicated on an assumption: the Affordable Care Act will put working-class Americans out of their jobs. He said as much in his little speech: “We know that Obamacare is killing jobs all across the country. Indeed, Obamacare is the biggest job killer in this nation.”
The problem, of course, is that the right can’t support any of this with evidence. There is literally nothing to support Cruz’s claim. Nothing. Cruz pointed to a “survey” conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – a lobbying group that tends to ally itself with the GOP – but the “survey” was an unscientific poll the group conducted on a website two years ago. As even Cruz should understand, this wasn’t a legitimate examination of private-sector intentions.
The survey was not “nothing” even if it wasn’t a scientific investigation. The White House Administration’s attempt to withhold numbers as long as possible and refuse to explain if it is counting those who enroll as being insured or getting ready to purchase insurance tells us that everything possible will be done to obstruct the collection of data.
But here are a few other data points:
- It is going to hurt Hispanics disproportionately, especially because they tend to work in the service industry.
- “We Have Worked So Hard To Get Out Of… Debt … And For What?”
- “How are we supposed to live?”
- Sticker shock coming for those who try to use their insurance.
- “How many families in America have $9,000 in cash to pay the deductibles, plus the $13,800 annual insurance fees?”
- Obamacare is killing a mother with multiple sclerosis.
- Millions signed for Medicaid …which means not much more than a right to wait in line. No access!
- Many, who thought they would qualify for subsidies, don’t.
- Obamacare restricts and reduces access to health care.
- Making college less affordable.
- Obamacare slows retail spending.
- More pity and rage.
- “One percent” get their own hospitals.
- Obamacare sees monopoly as a benefit, but it actually boost prices and degrades quality.
- “Higher premiums, more risk.”
- SeaWorld cuts hours (do you think they are the only one?)
- Full-time jobs being replaced with Part-time.
- Under Obamacare “Part-Time” Will be “Full-Time”
Ted Cruz is not making an assumption. He’s trying to wake people up to reality.