Quote of the Day

[Content Note: Class warfare.]

"On my first day as President, I will send legislation to the Congress that will repeal Obamacare entirely and replace it in a way that puts patients and their families back in charge of their health care—not the federal government."—Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, in the first major policy speech of his presidential campaign, during which he proposed replacing the Affordable Care Act with a program that "would provide a fixed amount [via tax credit] for all Americans without insurance to buy a health insurance plan. The amount would go up by age. So you would get $1200 per year if you were between ages 18 and 34, but the tax credit is $3000 for those between ages 50 and 64."

Naturally, lots of people currently insured under the ACA would lose their insurance under this plan, and health insurance would become a whole lot more expensive for many people.

So, yeah. Walker's plan is garbage.

But the reason I pulled out this quote is because it's entirely typical of something the Republicans say all the time, this shit about "putting patients and their families back in charge of their healthcare."

On what planet are we in charge of our healthcare? For-profit insurance companies are in charge of our healthcare. And that is always going to be true as long as we run healthcare through a private, for-profit insurance system.

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