Many of us wish that Obamacare were a simpler system, one that directly provided health insurance. Political reality, unfortunately, ensured that many people will receive coverage from private insurers, selling policies — often with subsidies — on the “exchanges”...naturally enough, the Obama administration is teaming up with the insurers and other parts of the health industry to help inform Americans of the benefits to which they will be legally entitled, starting Jan. 1.
And in the eyes of Republicans, Bloomberg reports, this makes Obama a “bully” — dragooning those private companies into helping sell a public program that will increase their profits. Why, it’s tyranny, I tell you!
Yes, it’s ridiculous. But they can’t help themselves. I suspect that the idea of helping lower-income Americans in any way would drive the GOP bonkers; but the idea that this help might come from Obama (implementing a program originally designed by Republicans, but never mind), and that Obama’s plan might actually work, drives them crazy.
The Republican Party is a party of the very wealthy (who benefit greatly from small government, like lower taxes on the rich, etc.) who need the votes of poor whites to shrink the government (poor minorities know the Republicans are out to screw them).
The Republicans have done a masterful job convincing poor and middle class whites in the flyover states that government is BAD and free market capitalism is GOOD (which is true only if you are very wealthy).
However the Republicans can only remain in power if the ignorant class keeps believing that they are better off by having less government. Most of them have no idea just how much of their meager existence is already a result of government programs and supports.
So imagine, if you will, if the poor goobers with low incomes and little or no health insurance suddenly get low-cost high-quality health care as a result of a government program? OMG!! Government isn't all bad? What next? Low interest student loans through the government so their children can afford to go to college and get better paying jobs? And what if the hated government passes a law requiring every employer to give their employees a paid one week vacation each year, and three days of sick leave with pay every year? Yes, the government (which is in fact We the People) can do things like that.
Once the Republican base begins to realize that free market capitalism only benefits a few and the government has the ability to benefit the many, the Republican Party will be (and is) doomed.