July 23, 2013

How I Could Support Republicans And Their Pathological Hatred Of Obamacare

Elephant Blue Sneeze - image by Lance Page - truthout.orgRepublicans have a disease, and the only cure for that disease is abolishing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). That’s not to say Republicans do not suffer from an endless litany of reductive ailments of intelligence, but their pathological hatred, now manifested as a full-blown disorder, will only be cured when Obamacare is repealed.

And I could easily ignore this pathology and support Republicans, join in their will to destroy Obama’s signature legislative achievement, if only Republicans were offering something better. — Alas, they are not.

The Affordable Care Act is far from perfect, but it’s a substantive attempt to fix a health care system that has needed fixing for a century. In fact, it’s charity to call it a system at all. And so I agree with Dan Savage when he said Obamacare is evil, it’s just less evil than what we previously had — to paraphrase a statement he made on last Friday’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

But Republicans are not offering an alternative, they simply want to see Obamacare repealed. And for most Republicans, this overwhelming desire has as much to do with President Obama as it does quality health care for all Americans. If Republicans were offering a real alternative to Obamacare, like Medicare-for-all — yeah, that’ll be the day — then I could overlook their anti-Obama derangement, and praise their dozens of attempts to repeal Obamacare — in favor of true universal health care — as real progress for America. But I’m afraid right after doing so I would wake up from my Aaron Sorkin induced liberal coma.

If there is one thing more intense than Republicans’ pathological hatred of Obamacare, it’s their unabashed conviction and unmatched discipline to defeat Obama on any and all issues, at any cost to the country.

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