Although I am still finding my own voice and forming my own opinions, the quiz reaffirmed that I am a “main street Republican.” Some things that I know for sure: I am pro choice and I believe the government is too big right now–spending is out of control and our deficit is a major concern. I agree that there is a big gap between the rich and poor in the U.S. and free or subsidized health care can greatly benefit those who cannot afford it. However, considering the fact that our deficit is at a historic level, the timing is not good for this health care reform (“ObamaCare”). It will add over $500 billion to our deficit and raise taxes by nearly $570 billion (Case Against Obamacare).
I read Robert Scheer’s article, Racism and Cruelty Drive GOP Health Care Agenda, which essentially accuses the GOP for being against Obamacare because they are racist. Although it was tough to read such a biased article and I did not agree it, I did learn some things. The article states “As the Times study noted: ‘In all, 6 out of 10 blacks live in the states not expanding Medicaid. In Mississippi, 56 percent of all poor and uninsured adults are black, though they account for just 38 percent of the population.’ But that also means that almost 44 percent of the poor and uninsured in Mississippi are white, and the gutting of this program that hurts them is evidence of the false consciousness that informs racist appeals.” This was astonishing to read but Mississippi is one example. What about the other southern states? What about the northern states? I still find it hard to believe that the Republicans are fighting against the health care reform out of racism: it is an economic issue first and foremost. One of the biggest reasons the Republicans are against Obamacare is because it will greatly increase the deficit. Racism is not the driving point behind the GOP’s health care agenda…although racism is still prevalent in our nation, it should not be to blame in this case.