Friday, September 5, 2014

More on War on Obamacare As a War on Minorities and the Poor

I recently wrote that there are some compelling reasons why the states of the old Confederacy are, as a bloc, now the holdout states when it comes to expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. As I noted,

The dislike of white Southern working-class males for unions is part and parcel of a wider cultural penchant for resisting any and all institutions that serve the public good — and, therefore, the good of black Southerners mired in generational poverty after the Civil War. To an extent unimaginable to people raised outside the cultural context of the American South, the ethos of the common good is astonishingly weak among white Southerners, and that weakness is reinforced by the individualistic notions of salvation that dominate evangelical religion in the South.

And now here's Brian Beutler on how the war on Obamacare has become a war on minorities and the poor:

If you haven’t caught on by now, the conspicuous thing about the Medicaid freedmen and those who would be freed from the individual mandate is that they’re disproportionately black and poor. ACA rejectionism isn't enhancing their liberty at all. 
But there’s something conspicuous about the Obamacare opponents posing as tribunes for liberty, too. They’re nearly all affluent white people, who take their own health insurance for granted and probably wouldn’t consider themselves liberated if a court or legislature took aim at it for any reason. And though their rhetoric suggests otherwise, they're waging the final Obamacare battles against poor people and minorities, not on their behalf.

He's absolutely correct about this.

The graphic is from Beutler's article.

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