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Republican Party Makes it Official: "F*ck the Poor!" (and the working class)

An updated version of my post from a few days ago:

Alan Grayson, 2009:

 If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: "Die quickly." That’s right. The Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick."

AEI scholar Michael Strain, 2015:

End Obamacare, and people could die. That’s okay.

...Consider this question: Should society have as its goal that the government prevents all deaths from any health-related ailment other than natural causes associated with ripe old age? The notion is absurd — to both conservatives and liberals. There are limits to the proper amount of scarce resources, funded by taxpayers, that Washington should redirect toward health care.

As Laura Clawson succinctly puts it:

Ignore that it's not what we're talking about when we talk about Obamacare. We're talking about people not dying or being forced into bankruptcy by illnesses or injuries that our medical system can absolutely cure or manage. If you can afford it. Which many, many people could not until the passage of Obamacare.

Strain's whole argument boils down to "screw the little people," though he works hard to erect enough straw men and redirections to pretend that what he's really talking about is a viable replacement that would bring FREEDOM and not direct so many scarce resources to useless crap like health care.

Well, today, Greg Sargent of the Washington Post notes that the Republican Party has now stated, with no caveat or equivocation, that those making less than around 75K per year can all go to hell:

Morning Plum: GOP leaders hope Supreme Court ‘tears apart’ Obamacare

 the Wall Street Journal has now dispensed with this charade:

Congressional Republicans say they won’t move to preserve consumers’ health insurance tax credits if the Supreme Court strikes them down, raising the stakes in the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

The reason for this is spelled out in unvarnished terms:

Leaders in the GOP-controlled House and Senate see the court challenge as their best hope for tearing apart a law they have long opposed. If the court strikes down the subsidies, Democrats are expected to clamor for lawmakers to pass a measure correcting the language in the law to revive them. Congressional Republicans say there is no possibility they would allow that.

And there you have it.