Maintain on to your hat: all of it comes collectively now. occasions in our nation’s capital, in an odd fever dream, The Huge Bang Idea simply got here to me. No, name it the Huge Fecal-Bang Idea, as I examine how our nationwide management proceeds from one inanity to the subsequent.
However relating to well being care, and wiping out the protection web utilizing false premises, inanity kills. So that is price writing. However to see the way it all ties collectively, we have now to return over half a century.
The place else are you able to learn concerning the hidden connections between Hollywood, medical health insurance within the US of A, Actually Unhealthy Tax Cuts, Wisconsin cheese-eaters, opiate dependancy and Actually Unhealthy Logic?
We’ll conclude with the antics over the previous 12 months of Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin within the annals of well being care. However to tug it collectively we have now to again to simply over fifty years in the past. Take a stroll again to 1967.
That 12 months two occasions occurred involving two main characters of the day. Hollywood!
The primary was the ascent of an actor named Ronald Reagan, maybe our first media-celebrity politician, to his first time period as California governor. A while later, eyeing greater workplace, he was insisting government-is-the-problem-not-the-solution. A mantra carried by ever-bigger megaphones till we arrived at this time day s-house.
California, after all, as an entire is now far much less prone to throw up proper wing politicians onto the nationwide stage. (Rep. Issa is leaving it as we converse.) However our nice expanse of purple fly-over nation nonetheless belches forth folks like Paul Ryan and Ron Johnson to bollix up well being care and just about all the pieces else.
The second occasion price recalling from 1967 is the grand Oscar-winning Mike Nichols and Buck Henry collaboration, The Graduate. Neglect concerning the stars. They’re nonetheless within the information for all types of strange issues. Bear in mind Mr. McGuire? Till our present president trumped him with a potty-mouthed single-word viral epithet, Mr. McGuire was the single-word champ, along with his fatherly diatribe to Dustin Hoffman on the long run: plastics.
(The actor, Walter Brooke, who was amongst different issues an enormous Thomas Jefferson fanatic, was reportedly so enthused by his position that he remained without end wistful about his personal failure to put money into plastics. Beginning in 1968, although, many extra did take the fictional Mr. McGuire’s recommendation, incomes tidy sums in life imitating artwork.)
Present biz carrying over into the general public sq.: Nothing New.
A decade or so later and now removed from Hollywood, one other household, that of right this moment’s Senator Ron Johnson noticed the identical writing on the wall. They launched an organization in Wisconsin now known as Pacur. A bit off-subject to discover simply how a lot credit score this intrepid midwestern businessman-turned-politician can take for single-handedly pumping up an organization that specialised in plastic extrusions.
However by 2016-2017, Johnson had executed simply that in spades. And now in line with a number of sources he allegedly makes use of the latest tax-cut laws to win all types of particular concessions for plastics from the GOP management in trade for pushing that laws ahead. (See the cheesemen’s reference to one another and the alt-right right here and right here.)
Concurrently in 2016-2017, in line with the reliably proper wing organ Washington Examiner, Johnson was already now making a prefatory argument about Medicaid and the way it is perhaps answerable for the opiate disaster. That this took my breath away is what, within the occasion you are still studying, prompted the screed I am now writing.
So first the boys from Wisconsin enact a bodacious and completely not wanted nay dangerous tax lower, favoring the rich. However lengthy earlier than its success was assured the cheese boys have been getting ready the bottom for the dismantling of Medicaid. First you create a deficit by handing out tax breaks to wealthy mates. And donors. You then produce the “proof” for the place the ensuing deficit will be addressed, on the backs of poor sufferers.
That this proof is specious is sort of inappropriate. It appeals to the Base, if that is nonetheless large enough (it’s till November 2018 proves it is not) to make a distinction in pushing by the proverbial Drowning-of-the-Child-in-the-Bathtub.
However the hanging logic utilized by Johnson permits us to conclude with observations on the a number of fallacies of reasoning generally dedicated by the more and more excessive proponents of this grand new concept of repealing the 20 th century. Brings us proper right down to today–January 17, 2018–and the hearings Ron Johnson held on the vestiges of the Inexpensive Care Act and Medicaid enlargement. Allegedly they have been “attempting to hyperlink Medicaid enlargement to the opioid abuse epidemic.”
The notion–now soundly disproved, if such issues matter, by precise evidence–that first rate medical health insurance gave extra folks entry to prescribed drugs, together with opiates, and was due to this fact dangerous as an unintended consequence, is as laughable as is local weather change denial. However why ought to that cease them when “it is simply frequent sense”? (I paraphrase.) The brand new line of assault on Medicaid is like a lot different demagogic off-the-skids reasoning coming to us from extremists of each ilk.
They endure from so many logical fallacies it is arduous to know the place to begin. (However a great place is right here, at UT El Paso.) The argument-from-pathos: “belief your intestine.” Too, the associated biases of Affirmation and Availability, permitting for these wingers’ selective use of “proof” that solely appears to bolster their view: “extra folks with dependancy have Medicaid that those that do not.”
Say what? See additionally: the Huge Lie Approach. Over-generalization. The Put up Hoc Propter Hoc Fallacy, well-known ever because the Hippocratic writings. This final one is vital: “Disco precipitated AIDS.”
Or, extra to the purpose, as a thought experiment, think about what could possibly be subsequent when your dad and mom and grandparents stand to lose some or all of their Medicare protection. Analogous to what the boys of the GOP are doing with Medicaid–a low-cost shot and simpler goal than Medicare.
“Proof is now exhibiting that dependancy to demise is way extra frequent amongst individuals who have Medicare. Dying is unhealthy. Let’s intestine Medicare.” The folks do not depend. What counts? Plastics!