The cartoon pictured how the rich’s income and wealth are rapidly and hugely increasing while the average worker’s income is held down.
Strain’s excessive mention of human life value seems inappropriate for his arguments but if carried to his extreme results suggests that tobacco companies should receive billions from the government rather than paying billions to the states. His petty mention of routine, sometimes optional, treatments also is a smokescreen. He totally ignored the fact too many people lacking insurance fail to get early diagnosis and treatment. All too often, the resulting “charity” treatment is vastly more expensive and too late.
Too many corporations are cutting work hours to avoid paying health care premiums. Thus his apparent pitch for the Burr-Coburn-Hatch plan that would repeal the ACA, including the individual mandate to purchase insurance, and leave the current system of employer-sponsored coverage largely in place.
His ties with American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, an influential pro-business, right-wing think tank, put him representing the rich/corporate interests – the top one holding the lease in the cartoon.