doubt that we are dealing with statistics here. Dr. Sommers has made it clear,
in other interviews, that he cannot state, unequivocally, that there was a
causal connection. But you've read what he says. People will most likely die in
states where Republican Governors refuse to accept 90% funding for expanded
coverage for the poor.
The Rght has
talked about death panels. Maybe we should be talking about Killer governors,
or Death governors. Frank Luntz, the GOP's language meister can tease out, with
focus groups, which is more or less detrimental. Then we can talk about the
poison tea party policies, or Death Sentence for the Poor Tea Partiers.
another consideration too. In Florida, there's another effect from allowing
6000 people under the defined, close to poverty lines to die. They won't vote.
There's no need to require them to have voter IDs. Okay. Maybe I'm going a bit over the top on
this one. But bear with me. If Governor
Rick Scott in Florida, Rick Perry in Texas, and governors in South Carolina,
Wisconsin and elsewhere actually go ahead with their threats to refuse the
expanded coverage the ACA brings, over a four year period, Florida will have
taken almost 23,000 voters out of the picture. Nationwide, if enough Republican
state governors line up with Scott and Perry, over 300,000 close to poverty
potential voters could be permanently taken off the voter rolls.
my expedition into over the top voter purge speculation, the idea of governors
making decisions that will likely lead to the deaths of thousands is heinous.
What's even sadder is that they are doing it because the American political
situation has become so toxic that these politicians think that this is what
voters want. Worse, there are many on the right who actually don't care and
don't feel any responsibility for these likely deaths.
Hopefully, the Governors will see the study and change their minds, and not quite literally, but very likely, grant reprieves to thousands of people who would otherwise die. If they fail to do so, then it's not unreasonable to say that the deaths of those people are on the governors' hands.
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