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Fri May 5, 2017, 11:30 PM

Obamacare repeal is based on racial resentment

Yes. All that venom building up.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2017/05/05/obamacare-repeal-based-racial-resentment/iVNtB9fpr3JNm7IKfYyorK/story.html

Obamacare repeal is based on racial resentment

By Michael P. Jeffries May 05, 2017


House Republicans are taking health services away from disabled children, women who give birth, and survivors of rape and sexual assault. They are consigning thousands of people with serious illnesses to death by making them uninsurable in an era of unaffordable treatment. Virtually every reputable medical organization in the country condemns the health care bill that passed the House Thursday, but the GOP clings to two reasons for passing it.

First, Republicans claim that the new legislation provides economic benefits. These benefits are unclear, though reports suggest that they entail a transfer of resources from vulnerable people to rich people. The bill passed the House without a score from the Congressional Budget Office, so we can dismiss any economic justification for it without further discussion. Passing the bill without a score from the CBO is a signal that Republican legislators are not taking the economic dimensions of this issue seriously, so we can follow their lead and move on to the heart of the matter.

The other explanation given by House Republicans for passing the bill is political. These congressmen felt they had to repeal the Affordable Care Act because they promised to do so. Most Americans have no quibble with Obamacare itself, but for Republicans, repealing it is and always has always been a way to repudiate former president Barack Obama. Since taking office, President Trump has done several things that he previously chastised Obama for, but these contradictions have had little impact on his party or their supporters. This is largely because GOP voters’ disdain for Obama and support for Trump cannot be separated from findings about racism. Studies conducted after the election confirm that racial resentment directed toward people of color predicted both overall support for Trump and voters’ propensity to switch from Obama to Trump.

GOP voters know they don’t like Obama, but they do not know Obama’s legislative record, whether it pertains to the economic recovery or health care legislation. A December 2016 poll showed that 67 percent of Trump voters believed that unemployment had risen during Obama’s tenure, even though it dramatically declined. A February 2017 poll found that one third of all Americans did not even know that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act were the same thing. Over half of the Republicans in that poll did not know whether Medicaid would be impacted by repealing Obamacare. Medicaid will be gutted by the new bill.

So the naked truth is that racial resentment directed toward Obama set off a chain of events that will likely cause 20 million people to lose their health insurance and ignite a public health crisis of unimaginable consequence.
Some time ago, I wrote about one of the myths of white supremacy: the idea that its ill effects are limited to targeted groups. I explained, “What white supremacy does, eventually, is normalize and spread the abuse, trauma, and destruction initially prescribed for targeted groups.” The damage prescribed by hateful ideologies is most severe within targeted groups, but it is never contained.

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Doreen May 2017 #5
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NurseJackie May 2017 #7
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri May 5, 2017, 11:38 PM

1. Not surprised at all. Voting Republican as a working American is based on racial resentment. eom

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri May 5, 2017, 11:39 PM

2. So darn true.

 

The real truth of what the GOP is all about.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri May 5, 2017, 11:46 PM

3. Anything that a black president does is bound to be rejected by Trump or the GOP

The Republicans had 17 candidates and they chose the most racist and bigoted. Say no more.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri May 5, 2017, 11:48 PM

4. K&R

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 12:40 AM

5. I felt that was the case right from the beginning.

I used to be on a poll site that has been closed for a few years but it was operating during the first Obama election. I saw posts that indicated racism but never said anything outright about it. Well, on the day Obama won one of the people on the site was extremely angry and called all of us the N word lovers and threatened to kill Obama. Needless to say his post and him disappeared within hours. That site sure spoke loud and clear without it actually being said outright what one of the main things was against Obama. I am truly sad and angry that people are willing to hurt millions simply because of their hate for someone different than them.

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Response to Doreen (Reply #5)

Sat May 6, 2017, 10:38 AM

6. So did I, Doreen.

I couldn't help it. Just seemed like 2+2=4 there.

I could not help but suspect that the main reason for the ferocious hatred of President Obama was that there was a black guy in the Oval Office and he wasn't the janitor (and who the hell did he think he was?). I'm still rock-solid convinced that's true. All President Obama's election wound up doing was to rip the scab off a not-healed wound and let all the pus and toxins and noxious infections ooze out all over the place, unrestrained.

And here I was so hopeful that his election meant we had FINALLY grown up as a nation, turned the page, closed the chapter, gotten over it, and gotten beyond all the racial bullshit of America's past. To riff off that cliche - the past was prologue.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 12:23 PM

7. It infuriates me when I see politicians and candidates whose "success" is based on racism.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 12:33 PM

8. Someone whose wife voted for Trump said it was all about racism and reaction against Obama.

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