St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Republicans Who Oppose Obamacare Are Like Stalin… Want People to “Die Needlessly”
Stalin was found guilty of genocide against the Ukrainians during the famine, or “Holodomor” as it is called in Ukraine, of 1932-33. Millions of Ukrainians died in this premeditated plan on the part of Joseph Stalin.
The Post-Dispatch today told their readers that if you oppose ObamaTax then you are a no-good killer like Josef Stalin.
A new low for the Post-Disgrace…
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board published a piece this morning on the Obamatax. If you are against it you are like Josef Stalin and “Want to allow people to be sick and die needlessly.”
From the Post Disgrace:
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is out this week with a study saying that last month’s Supreme Court decision upholding most of the Affordable Care Act — but allowing states to opt out of Medicaid expansion — would save the government some money.
But the savings would come at a price — 6 million fewer people would gain insurance coverage under Medicaid, the federal-state program that covers certain low-income Americans. The CBO estimates that 3 million of these people — most of them adults — would be able to buy subsidized insurance through state insurance exchanges created by the ACA. That leaves a net 3 million fewer people who will be covered than the 33 million envisioned in the new law.
The good news is that it will save the government $84 billion over 10 years. The bad news is that the cost of whatever health care these 3 million get, usually in hospital emergency rooms, will continue to be shifted onto those with private insurance in the form of higher premiums.
Even worse news: According to estimates in a study published online Wednesday by The New England Journal of Medicine, for each 500,000 adults who fail to gain access to Medicaid, 2,840 more deaths can be expected each year…
…The CBO and the Harvard School of Public Health researchers who did the study in The New England Journal were dealing with statistics. They are best guesses by impartial experts. The real savings must be measured by people who don’t die and people who don’t get sick. Human beings.
To quote that eminent expert on mass deaths, Josef Stalin, “When one man dies it is a tragedy, when thousands die it’s statistics.”
When politicians come before you this fall denouncing “Obamacare,” when Republican-dominated state legislatures — including Missouri’s — begin opting out of expanding Medicaid, this is what to ask:
So you’re OK with people suffering needlessly? And you’re OK with killing 17,000 people a year? Because if you are, admit it. Don’t hide behind “we can’t afford it.”
Sure, that’s a viable position. Darwinian, but viable. “Decrease the surplus population” is Scrooge-like, but viable. If you’d rather not raise taxes on the fortunate and on health care freeloaders, that’s a viable position. If you want to continue to allow people to be sick and to die needlessly, that’s a viable position.
But tell us face-to-face. Tell us they have to die because you just flat don’t care.
UPDATE: It would be nice if those lecturing producers to pay more taxes would pay their own taxes.