POLITICAL observations & opinions

* the Republican war on arithmetic and logic … in support of an ideology in which the suffering of the unfortunate isn’t a proper concern of government, and alleviating that suffering at taxpayer expense is immoral

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 17, 2011

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Paul Krugman writes in the NYT (1/16/11) …

  • Republicans seemed to have lost interest in the war on terror and shifted focus to the war on arithmetic.
  • But now the G.O.P. has moved on to an even bigger project: the war on logic.
  • in 1997 Congress enacted a formula to determine Medicare payments to physicians. The formula was, however, flawed; it would lead to payments so low that doctors would stop accepting Medicare patients. Instead of changing the formula, however, Congress has consistently enacted one-year fixes. And Republicans claim that the estimated cost of future fixes, $208 billion over the next 10 years, should be considered a cost of health care reform. But the same spending would still be necessary if we were to undo reform.
  • There’s more like that: the G.O.P. also claims that $115 billion of other health care spending should be charged to health reform, even though the budget office has tried to explain that most of this spending would have taken place even without reform.
  • The key to understanding the G.O.P. analysis of health reform is that the party’s leaders are not, in fact, opposed to reform because they believe it will increase the deficit. Nor are they opposed because they seriously believe that it will be “job-killing” (which it won’t be).

The GOP is against reform

because it would cover the uninsured

… and that’s something they just don’t want to do.

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  • the modern G.O.P. has been taken over by an ideology in which the suffering of the unfortunate isn’t a proper concern of government, and alleviating that suffering at taxpayer expense is immoral, never mind how little it costs.

read the entire column at … http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/17/opinion/17krugman.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

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