Republican Mo Brooks Says that Sick People Don’t Deserve Health Care

Republican Mo Brooks Says that Sick People Don’t Deserve Health Care

Representative Mo Brooks from Alabama revealed the underlying thought as to why sick people don’t deserve affordable care from the Republican majority in Congress.

The desire to blame and justify on the part of the Republicans in Congress betrays the lack of a nuanced understanding of life in general terms, and how this disproportionately affects the lower middle and lower income classes in our country.

Assumptions

Not to mention the inerent stereotyping, classism, and racisim in making such distinctions.  And despite the lower class being heavily white the implied assumption based on other lawmakers comments appears to invlude a racial overtone.  Please Mo – what is your imperical evidence that the poor make the choices you are implying they make?

The conservatives in Congress seem to completely understand, as they attempt to exempt themselves from their own plan, exactly how hard this hurts those who are the most vulnerable in society. Worse yet – it isn’t that they do not care (which by all evidence they don’t) – the actively want to push this pain on those least able to financially cope with it.

Bringing it home

If it were your child or grandchild born with a condition requiring extensive care – would you take this same tack? When it hits home it’s often suddenly a completely different equation. We already spend more nationally on health care per capita than any developed nation. Yet we as Americans have the worst health outcomes across the board.

People should never have to beg for money to be provided care. We could already be providing to every citizen if we simply changed our approach to one that reflects the actions of every other first world nation. Most American families are one tragedy away from poverty already. This preemptive assignment of blame shows that they just don’t view the average American in a true and honest way. Ideology is fine, until it is held closer than the life of our fellow countrymen.

From the New York Magazine:

Republicans usually defend their health care position with an array of buzzwords like choice, patient-centric, or competition. In a CNN interview, Representative Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, makes the case for Trumpcare in much starker terms: it will free healthy people from having to pay the cost of the sick. “It will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool that helps offset all these costs, thereby reducing the cost to those people who lead good lives, they’re healthy, they’ve done the things to keep their bodies healthy,” explained Brooks, “And right now, those are the people who have done things the right way that are seeing their costs skyrocketing.”

Rep Mo Brooks [R-Alabama]
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