May 09

Why GOP Thinks It Can Get Away With Trumpcare

Paul Krugman - CarrierWhy are they doing this, and why do they think they can get away with it?

Part of the answer to the first question is, presumably, simple greed. Tens of millions would lose access to health coverage, but — according to independent estimates of an earlier version of Trumpcare — people with incomes over $1 million would save an average of more than $50,000 a year.

And there is a powerful faction within the GOP for whom cutting taxes on the rich is more or less the only thing that matters.

And on a more subjective note, don’t you get the impression that Donald Trump gets some positive pleasure out of taking people who make the mistake of trusting him for a ride?

As for why they think they can get away with it: well, isn’t recent history on their side? The general shape of what the GOP would do to health care, for the white working class in particular, has long been obvious, yet many people who were sure to lose, bigly, voted Trump anyway.

Why shouldn’t Republicans believe they can convince those same voters that the terrible things that will happen if Trumpcare becomes law are somehow liberals’ fault?

And for that matter, how confident are you that mainstream media will resist the temptation of both-sides-ism, the urge to produce “balanced” reporting that blurs the awful reality of what Trumpcare will do if enacted?

In any case, let’s be clear: what just happened on health care shouldn’t be treated as just another case of cynical political deal making. This was a Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength moment. And it may be the shape of things to come.

–Frank Moraes
Republicans Party Like It’s 1984

1 comment

  1. James Fillmore

    I think Krugman’s on it here. The GOP has learned there is absolutely nothing which will alienate their base. And if swing voters become frustrated and stay home, gravy.

    I don’t imagine Trump even thinks enough to get a kick out of betraying his promises. He probably erases them from memory. People who need constant confirmation of their fabulousness will find it. All bad outcomes are someone else’s fault, all good ones their doing. It’s especially easy for rich people, who are sheltered from bad outcomes. Just give Trump one email from a voter whose live was “much better” under Trumpcare, and he’ll naturally imagine the same goes for everybody.

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