Race: It’s What the Gov’t Shutdown and Obamacare Opposition is About

Remember during the healthcare debates when right-wingers touted the then bill when later became ‘Obamacare’ as reparations for black folks? If you don’t remember, this was around the time those racist pictures of President Barack Obama depicted as a Kenyan Voodoo Doctor emerged.

Well since then, the rest became history as we say; and, ‘Obamacare’ is now the law of the land. However, as far as “reparations” may go, according to The New York Times, it seems that a significant number of African-Americans will be left in the cold, thanks to Republican state legislators who govern the states within which they live. I’m no conspiracy theorist, but the writing on the wall is hard to misinterpret if you ask me. Because from where I sit, the government shutdown and opposition to ‘Obamacare’ has nothing to do with anything other than race.

This from 2009:

obamacare-race-witch-doctorStill believe in post-racial politics? Read the health care bill. It’s affirmative action on steroids, deciding everything from who becomes a doctor to who gets treatment on the basis of skin color.

President Obama is on the record as being officially opposed to reparations for slavery. But as with other issues, you have to sift through his eloquent rhetoric and go beyond the teleprompter to get at what he really means.

His opposition to reparations is based on the fact they don’t go far enough. In a 2004 questionnaire, he told the NAACP, “I fear that reparations would be an excuse for some to say, ‘We’ve paid our debt,’ and to avoid the much harder work.”

Never mind there are those who thought we apologized at Gettysburg and that an African-American president is a recognition of the hard work that has been done.

At a press conference with minority journalists last fall, candidate Obama was pressed for more detail on his reparations position. He said he was more interested in taking action to help people who were just getting by. Because many of them are minorities, he said, that would help the same people who would benefit from reparations.

“If we have a program, for example, of universal health care, that will disproportionally affect people of color, because they are disproportionally uninsured,” Obama said.

This may be a goal of Obama’s health care plan: the redress of health care disparities on the basis of race and the punishment of those believed to be responsible, such as greedy doctors who perform unnecessary tests and procedures and greedy insurance and drug companies lusting for profits.

[…] The racial grievance industry under health care reform could be calling the shots in the emergency room, the operating room, the medical room, even medical school. As Terence Jeffrey, editor at large of Human Events puts it, not only our wealth, but also our health will be redistributed.

It’s estimated that the national effort to extend health coverage to millions, will leave out two-thirds of poor blacks and single mothers, and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance. Those left to fend for themselves are some of the nation’s most vulnerable. They are among the eight million Americans who are impoverished, uninsured, and ineligible for help who in my opinion are being punished for largely voting for Obama. But yet, Dr. Ben Carson thinks ‘Obamacare’ is the worst thing since slavery. Yep, God forbid if a black person wants to be healthy in America. Because, not being able to afford health care coverage — or, the ability to access it — represents true freedom even if it kills you.

This from The New York Times:

The 26 states that have rejected the Medicaid expansion are home to about half of the country’s population, but about 68 percent of poor, uninsured blacks and single mothers. About 60 percent of the country’s uninsured working poor are in those states. Among those excluded are about 435,000 cashiers, 341,000 cooks and 253,000 nurses’ aides.

“The irony is that these states that are rejecting Medicaid expansion — many of them Southern — are the very places where the concentration of poverty and lack of health insurance are the most acute,” said Dr. H. Jack Geiger, a founder of the community health center model. “It is their populations that have the highest burden of illness and costs to the entire health care system.”

The disproportionate impact on poor blacks introduces the prickly issue of race into the already politically charged atmosphere around the health care law. Race was rarely, if ever, mentioned in the state-level debates about the Medicaid expansion. But the issue courses just below the surface, civil rights leaders say, pointing to the pattern of exclusion.

Yep, so much for that whole forty acres and a mule stuff…

Every state in the Deep South, with the exception of Arkansas, has rejected the expansion. Opponents of the expansion say they are against it on exclusively economic grounds, and that the demographics of the South — with its large share of poor blacks — make it easy to say race is an issue when it is not.

Ahem, see the Obama voodoo witch doctor photos — yes, it’s never about race.

obamacare-raceThe law was written to require all Americans to have health coverage. For lower and middle-income earners, there are subsidies on the new health exchanges to help them afford insurance. An expanded Medicaid program was intended to cover the poorest. In all, about 30 million uninsured Americans were to have become eligible for financial help.

[…] Blacks are disproportionately affected, largely because more of them are poor and living in Southern states. 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.

Dr. Aaron Shirley, a physician who has worked for better health care for blacks in Mississippi, said that the history of segregation and violence against blacks still informs the way people see one another, particularly in the South, making some whites reluctant to support programs that they believe benefit blacks.

[…] Dr. Shirley said: “If you look at the history of Mississippi, politicians have used race to oppose minimum wage, Head Start, all these social programs. It’s a tactic that appeals to people who would rather suffer themselves than see a black person benefit.”

Opponents of the expansion bristled at the suggestion that race had anything to do with their position. State Senator Giles Ward of Mississippi, a Republican, called the idea that race was a factor “preposterous,” and said that with the demographics of the South — large shares of poor people and, in particular, poor blacks — “you can argue pretty much any way you want.”

Yes, it’s never about race, is it? I know, it’s about a 2% medical device tax. Because, I’d hate to think that the folks I saw on the news throwing barricades at the White House at the World War II Veteran’s Memorial were really upset because a black man has taken away their freedom.