A while back a bunch of Nashville bigwigs tried to live on food stamp levels of food for a week (I think they got like $21, but I am too lazy to look it up for something tangential to my larger point. Let’s not get distracted here, folks!) and Coble and I were talking about it and she was on the side of it being ridiculous bullshit and I was on the side of well, yeah, but if it really does help them understand…
And they all did claim to get some understanding of it and to be shocked, just shocked to find that it was very difficult to eat well on $21 a week.
And then I guess they went back to having their $21 lunches.
So, maybe Coble was right after all.
I don’t know.
I’m just perusing this Slate article on the healthcare plans of the three main Democratic contenders and I’m sensing something in the background of this discussion that has chilled me to the bone.
They really, truly are going to make this healthcare discussion about how to make recalcitrant poor people buy healthcare. Why, oh why, won’t those poor people get insurance? Can’t they see how they’re hurting the rest of us?
I know we talked about that before, but it’s that we now seem to be openly, as fucking liberals, talking as if poor people cause their own problems and that they are to blame for how their problems effect us.
I see it. I mean, I look at that article and I see the words on the page and all the talk of “enforcement” and I just about still can’t make it real.
Like poor people “refusing” to have health insurance is some kind of problem the solution to which requires us to “enforce” and make them behave.
I’m truly just dumbfounded.
We’re really going to try to achieve universal healthcare by making it illegal to not have health insurance.
Gah. This is embarrassing.