Just How Stupid, Mean and Spiteful is the Evangelical-Controlled GOP/Tea Party South? Here’s How Stupid

“What we could see, 10 years from now, is a Mason-Dixon line of health care… And [the GOP South] is doing it out of spite. Elsewhere, the expansion of Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, has been one of the few success stories of Obamacare… One side (with exceptions for conservative Midwest and mountain states) would be the insured North, a place where health care coverage was affordable and available to most people…

“On the other side would be the uninsured South, where health care for the poor would amount to treating charity cases in hospital emergency rooms. The South, already the poorest region in the country, with all the attendant problems, would acquire another distinction — a place where, if you were sick and earned just enough money that you didn’t qualify for traditional Medicare, you might face the current system’s version of a death panel.”  By TIMOTHY EGAN ( The South’s New Lost Cause, NY Times)



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  • John Martinez

    “acquire another distinction — a place where, if you were sick and earned just enough money that you didn’t qualify for traditional Medicare, ” This looks like a direct quote so not sure what you can do about it. However, the correct term is “Medicaid”, Medicare of course is the program for the elderly, not necessarily the poor.

    Excellent article by the way. I hadn’t thought of the long term implications of the South’s rejection of the medicaid extension. I guess I had hoped they would vote out hard-nosed governors that would prevent their constituents from getting healthcare out of spite, I have been proven naive in the past though… :)

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      No, because those constituents aren’t the right color, the right religion, the right income level and don’t write big campaign checks.

  • Jonenred

    why you commies like children so much you killed 55 million of them since 1973 in the US.

    • zola98

      And half or more are R’thugs/Teabaggies who have had abortions and I mean multiple and pretend their cases were/are different and therefore not the same as the women whom they are demonizing.

      This article is about sick people including children who are being denied affordable health care because of R’thug/Teabaggies’ meaness, vindictiveness, and just plain evil belief that these people are not worthy of the same care they receive at tax payers’ expense.

      • kenofken

        The formula for determining right and wrong is simple from the conservative point of view. Abortion, welfare etc. is only evil if the person doing it is lower income and/or darker than yourself.

        • zola98

          Good point though I think it’s more about the colour than the low income since a lot of those whites are also poor and are suffering the same but are too stupid to realise they are no better off than the visible minorities. They seem to think it’s the norm like the woman who proudly told G Bush that she worked two jobs when in reality she should only need to work one job if there was more equity, equality and decency.

          • Jonenred

            your side owns abortion. your side fights to keep it legal every day. stop killing children then we can talk about welfare (like this isn’t enough already)

          • zola98

            You would sound more sincere if you cared about all the children who go to bed hungry, are being sexually, emotionally, physically, mentally abused , have no home or bed to rest their weary, scared body. Show some concern for the living.

          • Jonenred

            unborn children are living

          • mojones1

            Sidestepping the issue of thousands of already born children who are living in poverty and abuse does not strengthen your position. Your holier than thou posts remind me of the people who were challenged by Christ “let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

          • tpeterr

            You’re both sidestepping the others’ argument. And to a certain extent, you’re both missing the point.

            Jonenred: I believe unborn children are alive and deserve their human rights. But we do have to take much better care of the ones who are out here and hurting.

            mojones (et al): Abortion kills babies for convenience. Where’s the “right” (civil right or moral right) in that action?

            Everyone: the real battle here is about the abuse of sex. Sex should be about more than feeling good. It’s also an admission of our vulnerability to the possible — every time you have sex, you should feel the possibility of spending the rest of your life with your partner, caring for a child. Sharing that feeling makes sex FAR more intimate than seeing sex as a couple bodies twerking in the night.

          • suburbancuurmudgeon

            Abortion is not about “convenience.” Ever talk with a woman who’s had or is contemplating an abortion? I have.

          • mojones1

            Convenience? Really? You are certainly entitled to your opinion that embryos are babies, but it is just that. Your opinion. Trying to boil the issue of a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions about her own body down to “abusing sex” is judgmental and and small minded. Bottom line no one has the right to tell you that you must have an abortion. No one has the right to tell a woman that she may not. Her body – her circumstances -her decision.

          • Jonenred

            Are you a Christian?

          • suburbancuurmudgeon

            Not according to the Bible.

          • suburbancuurmudgeon

            He isn’t. As soon as they are born, Jonenred and his peeps throw poor kids to the wolves. “It’s your fault your mother is a slut.”

          • Jonenred

            Our CPC and Catholic church help single moms all the time. I come from a poorer area as well.
            Let’s say I’m an awful person and do nothing to help born children. This still doesn’t erase the fact that abortion kills a child.

          • suburbancuurmudgeon

            I have a problem with people who protest mightily about abortion, especially the ones who think a teenager should carry her pregnancy conceived by rape, but then lose all concern once the kid arrives, as if it is a punishment, while also making contraception hard to get. You can’t have that both ways. Planned Parenthood decreases the need for abortion–that is why it’s called PLANNED Parenthood.

            Solution: Stop judging women’s sex lives; make contraception easily available, do whatever you can to make abortion a last resort, and put your money where your mouth is after those kids come into the world. Leaving them to poverty and abuse is just as bad as, if not worse than, abortion.

          • Jonenred

            nothing is worse than murder. stop killing babies.

          • suburbancuurmudgeon

            Stop being pigheaded. Life is far more complicated. Be concerned about those who are here.

          • Jonenred

            unborn children are ‘here’, pick up a biology 101 book. stop killing babies and acting like a liberal freak.

          • suburbancuurmudgeon

            You’re a one trick pony which is why no one listens to you.

          • Mark

            Maybe if you quit calling yourself pro-life, and more truthfully termed it “pro-birth,” people would argue with you less. Most pro-lifers quit caring at the moment of birth. How can you call yourself pro-life when you don’t care one iota what kind of healthcare all those lives subsequently get – or don’t get?

          • Jonenred

            Obama is your god.

          • Oswald Carnes

            I think I’ll start up the Blessed “Virgin” Mary Fund for the Prevention and Termination of Unwanted Pregnancies. Would you like to contribute?

          • Jonenred

            you punk.

          • Butterbunz

            I think she actually worked 3 jobs.

      • MrE.

        Its not jut those guys .Its both parties .

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        I read an article several years ago about an anti-abortion protester whose daughter had an abortion. Her rationale? “My daughter is a straight A student. She isn’t a slut.”

    • Ron

      Ah, the simple minded have spoken. First, being pro-choice doesn’t mean someone is a communist. Second, if you want anyone with a brain to believe you are “pro-life”, you MUST actively support contraception for all and health care for pregnant women and children. This includes the healthcare for poor people as noted in the article. If you don’t, then you’re nothing but a “pro-birth” hypocrite.

      • buttermade33

        Teabaggers throw the words “communist and socialists” around the same way angry little monkeys throw their own feces. They don’t know the meaning of either one, and are too stupid and stubborn to look up what they mean.

    • Oswald Carnes

      Jonenred is an admitted pedophile enabler.

    • http://www.gmcbridellc.com/ TigerRag…

      Yo, Jonenred, how many children were killed before Roe v. Wade? And how many would be killed if RvD were over turned? Here’s the point, abortions will never go away. Won’t happen. Making them illegal will just mean that the rich will continue to do what they have always done…get on airplane and go where ever they need to go to get what they need or want and the poor will live with either unclean surgical conditions in some back-alley clinic or live with the consequences of an unwanted birth in whatever unfortunate circumstances they might present itself. I might also add that there are great many very wealthy groups supporting the anti-abortion effort in this country not because they really support the cause but because they like to be able to count on the anti-abortion crowd’s support when it comes time to back things like the government shut down, insidious supreme court nominations, anti-environmental issues, pro-gun legislation (as if that was pro-life) and on and on and on. The pro-life movement in the US is the most exploited political movement that ever was. But, hey, if it works for you, go for it. You’re just being used and in a very bad way!

  • smel111

    Actually, Medicaid is not free healthcare, we pay for it with our taxes, but don’t get any benefit from it.

    The Adminstration should have focused on insurance reform, not creating the monstrosity this plan has become.

    The author of the opinion piece states medicaid is one of the few positives law. If there are only a few positives, why in the world are we keeping it.

    Only 500k people have enrolled and 5.5m have lost their insurance. 90% more have lost their coverage than have enrolled. Why should anyone enroll anyway, if you don’t have a need for coverage, you can pay the fine/tax. $95 next year is a lot less than the $16800 for the first year my family was quoted.