What's Washington doing to help the working class?
These days, it seems as if every special interest group out there has a voice in Washington — the Greenies are in bed with the EPA, the White House houses President Goldman Sachs, et cetera, et cetera — everybody, that is, except for the working middle class. Does anyone have our backs? If not, why not?
First off, here's Instapundit, otherwise known as Glenn H. Reynolds, professor at the University of Tennessee Law Center, writing at USA Today:
Not working for the working class: the key to Obama's struggle with white working class voters is not "white" but "working"
This opinion column is worth a read, so much so that I won't even bother quoting it. The link opens in a new tab, so go on over, read it, and then come back for the rest.
Right. Keep that perspective in mind while considering this next story. A Gallup poll finds that many Americans are delaying medical treatment for themselves or a family member because of the costs involved. Not just elective care, but real, necessary procedures. From Stephen Green, VodkaPundit on PJMedia.com:
Your ♡bamaCare!!! Fail of the Day
From the conservative blog HotAir.com:
Gallup: ObamaCare not shielding consumers from economic choices
The wonderfully snarky Ace of Spades HQ gives the marrow of the discussion:
Gallup: Highest Level of Americans Ever Report Skipping Health Care Due to Costs; Hardest Hit? The Middle Class
Remember, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as the PPACA, the ACA, or Obamacare) is basically a tax on the healthy to help pay treatment costs for the sick. Americans are required to purchase pricey insurance policies, with high deductibles and copays, in order to lower insurance costs for those with pre-existing conditions and those earning below some percentage of the federal poverty level (sorry, can't remember the actual figure offhand). As Democrat Senator (NY) Chuck Schumer said on Friday, the ACA helps roughly five percent of registered voters. That doesn't mean it will automatically hurt the other 95%, but there's gotta be a reason the ACA is becoming less and less popular as Americans "find out what's in it," and the Republican Party on average just isn't that good at messaging. In other words, it's not what people are saying about the law that's driving down support for it; it's what the law is doing, and people don't see what it's doing as a good thing.
So the health insurance law isn't helping the working middle class. The 2009 attempt at an economic stimulus package didn't help. EPA regulations are widely expected to send heating, cooling, and other energy bills "skyrocketing," to borrow the president's word. The amnesty for illegal aliens is expected to drive down wage pressures, harming the lower levels of the working class. No one can even seriously argue that this administration's foreign policy is a boon to workers; the overseas turmoil keeps nerves on edge everywhere, including in American living rooms. And now, it's even more expensive to see the doctor for that ulcer you've got building up.
So let's ask that question again. Who's got the working middle class's back?
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