Why Republicans Want to Repeal Obamacare

Robert Reich on Why Republicans want to Repeal Obamacare

Here’s what Reich says about an Obamacare repeal:

  • 32 million people will lose coverage, [UPDATE: 24M per Congressional Budget Office]
  • Tens of thousands of American’s will die as a result,
  • Medicare and Medicaid will be left in worse shape, and
  • The rich will get richer in a massive redistribution of wealth.

Missing from this list, and discussed after the video, is how Republicans can use the repeal to maintain control of Congress, the Presidency and the Supreme Court, even as a demographics shift works against them.


Robert Reich failed to discuss the role of these inconvenient demographic shifts and how they are working against the agenda of the rich white men in suits who fund Republican politicians more than Democrats. It’s not only possible but very likely that these shifts also factor into their wish to repeal Obamacare.

Baby Boomers and The Aging Population

  • 76M boomers were born after WW-II, between 1946 and 1964. America wasn’t prepared for that growth, and neither were other nations. There weren’t enough hospitals, pediatricians, schoolteachers, textbooks, playgrounds, or even bedrooms in our homes.
  • Average lifespan in 1940 was 63.5 years with some 9M Americans receiving Social Security. The ratio of workers to beneficiaries was 159-to-1.
  • Average lifespan by 2010 was 78.3 years, about where it still is today, and nearly 39M people received Social Security benefits. The ratio of workers to retirees was 2.9-to-1, but that was BEFORE the first boomer turned 65.
  • Despite living longer than earlier generations, US boomers are less active and have higher rates of chronic disease and disability. Almost 39% of boomers are obese, compared to about 29% in the previous generation.
  • 10,000 more baby boomers turn age 65 every day, retire, and go on Social Security and Medicare. 40% of them are low-income (below 150% of poverty level), meaning they’ll need more public assistance. But who do you think will be asked to pay for that?
  • By 2029, more than 20% of the US population will be over 65 (US Census). That 1-in-5 number is up from 1-in-7 today, and by 2035, 1-in-3 US households will be headed by someone 65 or over.
  • This is a worldwide phenomenon thanks largely to longer average longevity, and by 2050, the older generation will be larger than the under-15 population. (U.N.)
  • The age 85+ population needing the most medical care will grow the fastest over next few decades, equaling 4% of population by 2050, or 10 times its 1950 share (US Census)
  • 1.9M Americans are already 90+, up from 600,000 30-years ago and just 100,000 100-years ago. In 2010, people 90+ had a median income of just $14,760, about half of it from Social Security.

Republicans echo these statistics to justify attacks on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, when they should instead strengthen these programs with more progressive taxation policies and more meaningful healthcare reform. Of course, the rich white men in suits don’t want that, even though they benefit from the widest wealth inequality in history. Republican politicians now face a dilemma, because boomers who had no voice as infants and children now do, and they’re politically active and represent a substantial voting bloc.

The Poor, Minorities and Immigrants

The Republican problem is that whites are losing their majority control, and the poor, minorities and immigrants predominantly vote Progressive. It’s no wonder that they’ve used all the dirty tricks they can to keep political control.



Political Genocide is the latest and an extremely inhumane tactic designed to cut the number of poor, minority and immigrant voters. By denying them healthcare, as Robert Reich suggested, tens of thousands will die as a result. But even before that, public health officials have seen alarming differences in average lifespan between poor and affluent neighborhoods on opposite sides of the same town, according to the HBO documentary, The Weight of the Nation. Those differences are due to inferior access to healthcare, nutritious food, safe places to play & exercise, and competitive education & employment opportunities, as well as light & sound solution, environmental contamination, and gun violence. Republicans have historically opposed proposals to improve those issues, knowing full-well their impact, and that’s why I have no choice but to describe this behavior as a form of political genocide.Gerrymandering - How to Steal an Election

Gerrymandering is another way to steal elections by creatively drawing voting districts o win more seats than otherwise suggested by population demographics.

Voter Intimidation comes in many forms, such as hiring thugs as “poll watchers” at polling places or making imposing threats like, “Voter Fraud is a Crime, and Punishment includes Deportation.” Even presidential candidate Trump used voter intimidation tactics in his unsubstantiated claims of massive voter fraud, calling on his supporters to keep an eye on the polls.

Voter Suppression also occurs through various means:

  • Polling Locations & Times that are strategically selected to mostly disadvantage voters who would predominantly vote for Progressive candidates.
  • Voter Registration Records that are purged of predominantly Democrats in the name of preventing voter fraud, even though reported cases of fraud are extremely rare.
  • Voter ID Laws that are designed to make it difficult for students, poor people who don’t own cars, or the elderly who no longer drive. The Republican-controlled US Supreme Court in recent years overturned a law that long prohibited states with a history of voter suppression from making rule changes without first getting court approval. Since then, those abusive state have returned to their old practices, but a few courts declared their practices unconstitutional. Still, this remains a problem in many locations.
  • Misinformation that has the aim of confusing voters so they show up at the wrong place or date. Some of the most creative tricks include posting billboards or distributing flyers in predominantly poor or minority neighborhoods with intentionally wrong information.

2 thoughts on “Why Republicans Want to Repeal Obamacare


    The Shameful Republican Assault on Medicaid (The New Yorker, I commented…)

    COMMENT: What’s really behind Republican efforts to gut Medicaid, Medicare and Obamacare, and oppose Universal Healthcare? On the surface, it’s special interest lobbying from the medical industrial complex and a fear of redistributing wealth to help “losers.” (http://www.mhealthtalk.com/universal-healthcare-opposition/)

    But look beneath the obvious and you may find a more sinister motive — maintaining political control by simply allowing people who mostly vote for Democrats to die sooner. As disgusting as this sounds, I call it political genocide, and it’s already happening.

    Public health officials have long noticed alarming differences in average lifespan — of greater than 20 years — between affluent and poor neighborhoods on opposite sides of the same town. This statistic is from the HBO documentary, The Weight of the Nation, which is about obesity and poverty. (Watch at http://www.mhealthtalk.com/americas-obesity-epidemic-a-big-problem-updated/)

    Several socio-economic factors contribute to this longevity difference, including inadequate healthcare, access to nutritious foods and safe places to play & exercise, light & sound pollution that impacts sleep, the availability of steady work and quality education, and easy access to guns. Rather than addressing the causes of poverty and early death, it seems that Republicans would rather enhance them, purely for political reasons.

    Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich warned us that repeal of Obamacare would cause 30 million people to lose health care, and tens of thousands would die as a result. That’s tens of thousands less people to vote against Republicans, so for them it’s pragmatic to JUST LET THEM DIE.

    The GOP’s problem on health reform is they’ve spent years hiding their real position (VOX, I commented)

    COMMENT: Republicans in Congress still have time to honor Trump’s campaign promise to replace Obamacare with a healthcare system that covers everyone with much better care at far less cost, but they must swallow their pride, ask different questions, and consider Universal Healthcare (not Universal “access” to health insurance).

    Start with, “What REALLY is behind Republican opposition to universal healthcare?” It sure seems like it’s a fear of helping “LOSERS”. See http://www.mhealthtalk.com/universal-healthcare-opposition/.

    Robert Reich also shared his views about why Republicans want to repeal Obamacare, and I expanded on them in http://www.mhealthtalk.com/why-republicans-want-to-repeal-obamacare/.

    Many other recent articles on Modern Health Talk address the issues of public health policy and health care versus health insurance, so I encourage you to check them out too.

    Health Effects of Dramatic Societal Events — Ramifications of the Recent Presidential Election (New England Journal of Medicine)

    COMMENT: I was already aware of the health effects of poverty, where public health officials have seen average longevity differences of 20+ years between poor and affluent neighborhoods on opposite sides of the same city. This is the first I’ve heard of health effects of the societal climate and policies, so I greatly enjoyed the article.

    I have long wondered how politicians could justify allowing people to die unnecessarily, or at least not intervening to help them, but such harmful public policies can be politically expedient. The American Health Care Act, for example, would deny tens of millions of people access to care, and allow tens of thousands to die as a result.

    In http://www.mhealthtalk.com/why-republicans-want-to-repeal-obamacare/, I label such policies “Political Genocide” and describe them as being as effective at suppressing votes as suppression, intimidation and gerrymandering. This NEJM article seems to fit my description, especially what is said about The Daily Stormer. The hate website encouraged abuse and declared, “We want these people to feel unwanted. We want them to feel that everything around them is against them. And we want them to be afraid.” The effect is to disenfranchise entire non-white and non-straight populations by making them feel afraid of voting or protesting.


    “You can’t round up the ill, the disabled, the undesirables, and poison them in gas chambers. But you can take away their medicine and let them die.

    You can’t lynch a black man under a burning cross. But you can shoot him with a policeman’s gun.

    You can’t force a woman to wear a burqa and beat her if she steps outside. But you can rape her, fail to prosecute the rape, deny her health care for the PRE-EXISTING rape, deny her an abortion for the resulting pregnancy, deny her maternity care, deny her maternity leave and pay, and block her avenues to rebuild a life.

    You can’t round up the foreign-born, confiscate their property, and imprison them in detainment camps in the American West (again). But you can block them at the border and deny them re-entry, deny them reunion with their families and homes and lives, even though they have legal immigration status.

    You can’t put the poor in labor camps. But you can tax them so heavily, and make the cost of education so burdensome, that they and their generations can never, ever escape.

    You can’t go back to “separate but equal” schools. But you can appoint Betsy DeVos and let her do it through funding.

    You can’t own a plantation that profits off the backs of little children. But you can look at the budget and say, “oh, there’s no money for food-stamps for hungry children, but there are bottomless bottomless tax-breaks for the wealthiest white men!”

    You can’t appoint a Klansman. But you can appoint Jeff Sessions.

    You can’t go far as a “Nazi”, but you can get right up into the presidential administration as “alt-right”.

    The Republican platform is Evil, re-branded to succeed in our legal environment.

    You can’t be Hitler. But you can be Trump.”

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