In reference to the Feb. 2 column “ End Obamacare, and people could die. That’s OK” by Michael Strain: Only a right-wing “scholar” with the very right-wing American Enterprise Institute would argue that it is OK for more people to die as a result of repealing the Affordable Care Act.
This “scholar” suggested that money saved from repealing the ACA could be better spent “for other important programs,” which in Republican doublespeak means either more money for the military or fewer taxes for the rich.
In other words, repealing the ACA with the likely outcome of more low-income people dying is not necessarily a bad thing. That’s because the collateral damage of “a slightly higher mortality rate is an acceptable price to pay for certain goals.” And what are those goals? What could possibly be so desirable that lives must be sacrificed? We guessed it: Less government, more liberty, more free choice, less taxes.
Strain claimed liberals argue that repealing the ACA is “immoral.” Speaking for only one liberal, it’s not that I think ending the ACA is immoral; I think the whole conservative ideology as represented in this article is immoral.