‘Obamacare,’ Brown v. Board, Social Security

Right wingers are so predictable.  They are against anything that even appears to benefit ordinary people, especially if ordinary Black people are seen as potential beneficiaries. Their ambition, very simply, is to tilt the balance in behalf of the well off; the “landed gentry;” folks they would describe as our “betters.”
Racial identity politics in America has made it easy for the right wing, the chauvinists, the jingoes, the Romneys, the Republicans, to dupe ordinary White people into supporting their plutocratic schemes by selling them the line that the lowliest White person has it better than each and every Black person, but: “Watch out. Those ‘coloreds’ are gaining on you!”
The Affordable Care Act–also known as “Obamacare”–has all that going on “in spades,” so to speak.
Despite the fact that many Republicans who now vehemently oppose the law were once ardent supporters of similar proposals of their own, they are livid at the idea that something that will make it easier for ordinary folks to go to the doctor, receive medical care, and maybe live longer like the rich do is something that was brought about nationally by this Black President of the United States (POTUS)…this Black President with his Black First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS), and his two charming Black daughters, and his Black mother-in-law, living in the White House with them, and his Black brother-in-law who is the successful head coach of a Division I basketball team. They are really steamed that this Black President made national health insurance coverage happen in this country.
They aren’t just a little worked up over what they termed “Obamacare” and the fact that its constitutionality was upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), they are absolutely apoplectic over it. For the 31st time since Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) has been Speaker, the House voted yet again July 11 on the “Bill to Nowhere.”
The GOP bill to repeal Obamacare is going nowhere, because if it could possibly even come up for a vote in the Senate (which it absolutely cannot) it does not have a simple majority, let alone a “super majority” of 60 votes to break an opposition filibuster. But if it did pass both the House and the Senate, President Obama–after whom the pejorative sobriquet is named–would most certainly veto the repeal of Obamacare, and it would then require two-thirds votes in both the House and the Senate to override that veto.
I’m wasting almost as much time describing now how much time the Tea Party-driven Republicans are wasting even talking about repealing Obamacare, not to mention how much time they’re wasting requiring the House to vote on it.
This political hissy-fit the right wing is having about overturning Obamacare, reminds me of the behavior by politicians in Southern states after the Supreme Court decided in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, to overturn school desegregation. “Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” one southern governor famously declared. In Virginia they coined the expression “Massive Resistance” to describe how they would oppose what was supposedly the “law of the land” after the May 17, 1954 ruling.
Believe it or not, the same thing happened when Social Security was enacted–the right wing went “buck wild” so to speak. “There is a precedent for this. When Social Security was passed, it was decried as socialism, just like healthcare,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters just hours after the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act was announced. “Like healthcare, it withstood a Constitutional challenge early on, and of course Social Security went on to endure as a cherished program in the country. The healthcare law is getting more popular with time, as more and more of it goes into affect.”
Even today, as a majority of the American population (56 percent according to a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation) believes it’s time to move on past debating the repeal of Obamacare, most Americans favor all the individual components of the law if you ask them individually about them, but they may still say they oppose “Obamacare” itself. Go figure.
In addition the foundation discovered, the states most adamantly opposed to the implementation of “Obamacare”–Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Arizona, Florida, and Texas, for example–are also the states with the highest rates of both uninsured children and adults, and the highest rates of children and adults requiring Medicaid assistance, and they are the states with the most significant problems with poverty. In other words they are the states most in need of the beneficial provisions the law provides their often indigent residents.
I see a picture beginning to form here, and it ain’t pretty. The plutocrats have tricked so many average Americans into thinking that because they’re White they’re better than all Black folks, including the President; and that they are all just one lottery ticket, or one slot-machine pull, away from being millionaires like them, and that their American “average ness” is just an embarrassing temporary condition, so support policies and politicians which favor the rich.
And so the charade continues: Social Security, Brown v. Board, and now Obamacare. It continues until the next charade, Election Day?

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