Trying to stay alive. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Now we've gone so low we're down to dueling obscenities: The GOP Senate version of "health care" aka tax cuts for the richest 2% of Americans vs. the ungodly spectacle of Capitol police arresting, manhandling and dragging out of wheelchairs disabled people protesting its monstrousness outside the office of Mitch McConnell; amidst reports of post-arrests blood on the floor, some thought McConnell should have to clean it up, while others argued he already has enough blood on his hands. His travesty of a bill rushed through House and Senate with no public input would hurt almost everyone: It would strip 23 million of health care, raise costs, reduce coverage, roll back vital protections, slash Medicaid, defund Planned Parenthood and likely kill many, all while lining the pockets of insurance companies and the very rich. Says Ezra Klein, "It's not complicated. Just cruel."
No surprise, then, that just 17% of Americans reportedly approve of a massive giveaway to the rich seen as an act of class war, a bell tolling the end of democracy and an objectively bad piece of legislation that makes acceptable the murder of poor/old/sick people, children with cancer or disabilities, those struggling with opioid addiction, and anyone else unlucky enough to fall ill. Even Barack Obama, ever civil, chimed in asking Republicans to remember - did they ever know? - that "public service is not about sport or notching a political win... it’s to make people’s lives better." This hack job, with its "fundamental meanness," obviously doesn't: "Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family - this bill will do you harm." This, despite the final, Orwellian blow of its name: the Better Care Act. Patton Oswald, reacting to the sight of a handcuffed woman in her wheelchair and all the rest: "The fuck world are we living in?" A world, says a furious Elizabeth Warren, of "blood money" for the rich, where we have to tell them no.