The latest affront to citizens of the Bluegrass State in the dumb hillbilly joke race is a variation of this one. A Kentuckian is asked about the Kentucky Health Insurance website KYNECT.gov and he responds that he likes it just fine but he don’t want none of that ‘Obamacare’! I think it springs from a lot of people saying that they,’ don’t want no Government Healthcare and keep your Government hands off my Medicare!’ during the last elections.
I find it hard to believe we are so ill informed that after all the squawking about health insurance Kentuckians still do not know that the Affordable Care Act which touches all aspects of health insurance and includes all of us is Obamacare! The KNECT website is doing on a local level what the Federal website is doing. Had we not set up the KNECT site we would have been using the Federal website to register for Insurance.
This, sometimes willful, ignorance of the Affordable Care Act is definitely a tribute to the Republicans ability to deceive the citizens to reach their political aims. It bespeaks the Republicans own weakness that they are driven to destroy the program Romney instituted in Massachusetts when he was the governor there. Democrats favored a single payer plan, but seeing as the Mass. Plan worked, and was instituted by the Republicans, Democrats figured it as a great way to get health insurance to all our citizens as most modern countries do.
It was very surprising that Republicans repudiated their own plan and have so vociferously opposed the implementation of a plan they invented but that just fits with their platform. Opposition to health insurance for all citizens, opposition to raising the minimum wage, an effort to reduce or eliminate entitlements, welfare, food stamps and any number of programs that help or support the middle class and the poor, and an adherence to the economic policy of supply side, or ‘trickle down’ economics which puts the money in the hands of the wealthy to trickle down to the rest of us. A policy that has led directly to the inequality we see today and the recession left to us at the end of the Bush presidency.
Now they are trying to get us to believe that having health insurance for all citizens is a bad thing. That somehow raising the minimum wage will hurt Kentucky. That living up to the call to treat all our citizens with dignity and to help them make their lives better will somehow destroy America!
It leaves me with the need to ask a version of the question asked of Forest Gump. Do Republican politicians think we are stupid or sumpin’?