Should healthcare be a right reserved for the rich?
Apparently, Republicans in the US Senate think so. Senator Scot Brown from my own liberal state of Massachusetts signed on as a sponsor of a bill that would allow any employer or insurer to refuse any kind of coverage that they feel violates their beliefs as a religious person, or their own personal sense of morality. The way the bill is worded, there would be nothing to prevent a corporation or insurance company from adopting the moral belief that any costly medical procedure is unethical, and therefore excluded from their coverage. Only those wealthy enough to afford expensive procedures out of pocket would have access to full medical care.
When challenged on the air about this fact, Brown offered the lame-brained excuse that if some employer or insurer did that, they would get sued! Sued for obeying the law he helped write? How would one win a lawsuit when the defendant need only point to the letter of the law? Brown is an attorney and a former prosecutor. He is either acting wilfully ignorant or he must have cheated his way through law school to make such an asinine statement as that.
What is up with the GOP? The War on Contraception, War on Science, War on Healthcare, War on Workers, War on Women, rigging voting rights to exclude demographics that typically lean Democratic, alienating Latinos with the immigration demagoguery, alienating blacks with dog whistle racism, alienating homosexuals with their War on the LGBT Community, the rush for another Middle Eastern war of choice… Have they decided that only by crapping in the hands of virtually every large voting block in America, they are going to somehow win elections? Or have they become so Balkanized, so deep in preaching only to the choir and believing everyone listens exclusively to Faux Noise, that they believe all of America agrees with all these policies?