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“A Good Day for America = A Bad Day for Obama”

December 14th, 2010

Rejoicing at the healthcare ruling

"Tea Party tax day protest 2010" courtesy Fibonacci Blue

My brother basked in today’s news and sent me this brief little love note:

Hopefully this will lead to the collapse of the whole law and we can throw it in the trash can where it belongs.

The big news—that a federal judge in Richmond, VA, ruled that the healthcare bill’s individual mandate is unconstitutional—sent my brother and lots of other middle-aged white people into immediate orgasmic ecstasy.

This is the sort of thing that makes one’s day these days.

But it’s worth looking at what my brother said today, and what his Rightist talking points really mean.

My brother would like to scrap the “whole law,” never mind the various Republican concepts included within. Such as provisions to allow insurance to be sold across state lines; the ability for individuals and small businesses to organize and acquire health insurance at lower prices (like corporations and union do); and for states to come up with their own more innovative and closer-to-the-ground plans.

And what about the specifics in the bill? The parts that prohibit insurance companies from dropping a patient’s insurance if he or she gets sick; denying coverage to children due to pre-existing conditions; allowing minors to stay on their parents’ plans until they are 26 years old? And then there’s the small-business tax credits.

Yes, bro, I said tax credits.

Would my brother like to get rid of all these as well?

The fact is, my brother doesn’t care what’s in the bill. The content of the thing is secondary to its political nature. Healthcare reform is Obama, and therefore it must fail.

This is a deeply cynical outlook, but alas, the one owned and distributed by the highest officials in the GOP. The Right’s goals are not in sound policy, but in short-term political gain. Rather than work with the President and the Democratic Senate to tweak the bill to make it better and more functional, the GOP would rather spend two years fighting and destroying healthcare reform just to rewrite most of it with their own pen.