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Not the Real Reason

Last week the Washington Post published a speech by Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers titled “My son has a preexisting condition.  He’s one of the reasons I voted for the AHCA.”

The AHCA is the American Health Care Act, the bill the House of Representatives passed last week that will throw 24 million additional people into the “uninsured” column over the next decade and make it very hard for those who have serious medical problems to find affordable health insurance.

Let us put aside for the moment that the congresswoman’s speech is a model of mindless, tortured logic and makes no sense.

Let us put aside for a moment that the pre-existing condition the congresswoman’s son has is Down syndrome and that this condition makes those who have it eligible for a number of government benefits that fall outside the kinds of things the American Health Care Act even addresses.

And let us put aside for a moment that the congresswoman admits she’s not entirely happy with the bill that she nevertheless voted to make the law of the land.

Let us consider instead another reason why the congresswoman isn’t afraid to support a bill that will threaten the ability of everyone with pre-existing medical conditions to find affordable health insurance:

SHE HAS A JOB THAT PAYS $174,000 A YEAR AND DOESN’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT BEING ABLE TO AFFORD HEALTH INSURANCE.

And that, in a nutshell, is the social Darwinism behind almost everything Republicans do:  if you can’t find a way to take care of all of your own needs on your own then that’s too damn bad.