The Republican Party has a long tradition of playing divide and conquer with their political agenda.
There was 2012’s infamous “Makers vs. Takers”, a phony divide created by the Romney campaign to pit honest, self-sufficient patriots who pay their taxes and follow the rules (conservatives, of course), against the rest of us who are allegedly all on welfare, or are fraudulently collecting disability, or are illegal immigrants sucking-up services without paying any income taxes.
More recently, we’ve Republicans rally around the devilishly clever “Blue Lives Matter” banner in response to the groundswell of the “Black Lives Matter” movement protesting police brutality and the disproportionate number of Black men dying in otherwise routine confrontations with law enforcement. The subtext could not be more clear: Liberals support the thugs and cop killers, while conservatives are the champions of police officers and the law.
It appears Republicans are at it again, attempting to divide the populace this time to advance their draconian Obamacare repeal bill, newly revised and making its way through congress this week. The new version allows individual states to opt-out of Obamacare’s requirement that insurers cover Americans with pre-existing conditions and move them to a higher risk pool with much, much higher premiums – and fewer subsidies to pay them.
Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) appeared on CNN today, and told The Lead host Jake Tapper:
“My understanding is that [the new bill] will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher healthcare costs to contribute more to the insurance pool that helps off-set all of these costs, thereby reducing the cost to those people who lead good lives, they’re healthy, you know, they’ve done the things to keep their bodies healthy, and right now those are the people who’ve done things the right way that are seeing their costs skyrocketing.”
‘Makers vs. Takers,’ ‘Black Lives vs. Blue Lives,’ meet ‘Right Wayers vs. Wrong Wayers’ (patent pending)
Millions of cancer patients, type 1 diabetics, and the elderly – to name just a few categories of Americans – endure afflictions that often have nothing to nothing to do with lifestyle. Also, many children at or under the poverty line often lack access the kind of nutrition that supports healthy lifestyles and promotes long-term personal health.
None of that matters, according to Rep. Brooks and the GOP. If you’re sick, you’ve done it to yourself, and you shouldn’t expect healthy Americans to subsidize your slovenly or nihilistic lifestyle.
One has to wonder how the citizens of Rep. Brooks’ state, Alabama, which ranks as the 2nd most obese state in the Union, feel about this latest attempt to divide our country.
You can Rep. Brooks interview with Jake Tapper below.