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.
INCONVENIENT DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFTS
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.
HOW TO STEAL AN ELECTION
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 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.