Friday, April 11, 2014

Never underestimate how much Republicans hate the poor

And speaking of the Mighty Krug-man, he has an excellent column in today's NYTimes. He's pointed this out before, but it's so appalling and shocking it bears repeating until nobody can say they are unaware of the hatred today's Republican party has for the poor:
Most Republican-controlled states, totaling half the nation, have rejected Medicaid expansion. And it shows. The number of uninsured Americans is dropping much faster in states accepting Medicaid expansion than in states rejecting it. 
What’s amazing about this wave of rejection is that it appears to be motivated by pure spite. The federal government is prepared to pay for Medicaid expansion, so it would cost the states nothing, and would, in fact, provide an inflow of dollars. The health economist Jonathan Gruber, one of the principal architects of health reform — and normally a very mild-mannered guy —recently summed it up: The Medicaid-rejection states “are willing to sacrifice billions of dollars of injections into their economy in order to punish poor people. It really is just almost awesome in its evilness.”