Now that the repeal and replace the health care bill effort has been defeated three times in one week it is time to discuss the healthcare bill. And I have a fundamental question why is it we as a country do not want everyone to be covered for their healthcare? At no point in the discussion did the Republicans say we want everyone covered. At no point will Obamacare ever cover everyone it is only made to lower the amount of people not covered.
I want to propose that it is because America is a country ruled in part by classism. The elite do not think most of the poor deserve healthcare. That is the real issue. We already have too many freebies for these people is an often refrains heard. Why should we give them another cent for another freebie. That is why some felt free to cut Medicaid and look at cutting back on Social Security whenever it is political viable. They conclude that the reason you are poor is because you do not know how to budget or you have moral issues such as laziness and drunkenness. If these are not your issues you lack the ability to learn any significant skill in other words you are too dumb to be employed caused by inbreeding or inferior genes.
Class has always been a problem in America. If you are interested in this further read the book White Trash which traces our the United State’s class history. Our peculiar class problem is we cover it up by downgrading the poor an uplifting the upper classes. We create myths about the self-made man and the better bred folk to convince us to go along with the class biases. Why should we take from these outstanding individuals by taxing them to provide for a motley lot of poor who will always be poor? The poor are less than and built different. If we leave the rich alone they will by osmosis create more jobs and a better America for all of us.
Healthcare is a right in every other first world country. If we a far richer country cannot afford it how can they? Because they believe it is an essential part of providing a good quality of life for their citizens. We at least in practice do not believe this. So we do not even talk about healthcare coverage for everyone.
A single payer healthcare program for all is now being discussed. But watch if the idea receives traction the debate that occurs around it. The first question besides how to pay for it will be who should be covered and not how do we cover everyone. And if you listen very carefully you will hear the code terms and dog whistles that will reveal America’s classism.