So, is this bill good for you? Yes, if you meet the following criteria:
1.Your income is more than $200,000 a year
2.You have a job that comes with good health insurance
3.You can’t imagine any circumstances under which you lose that job or income
4.You don’t have any family members or friends who don’t meet those criteria
5.You have zero empathy for anyone else
Let’s see. Do I qualify?
Nope. Not even close.
Yes! Except, of course, that I work in education, which the Trump administration wants to destroy.
Nope. I’ll definitely lose this job inside a decade, when I retire. Or, to look on the bright side, when I die.
Nope. Three kids who are just starting early adulthood.
No, although I suppose I could work on it. I’ve already lost all empathy for Trump voters.
I guess I should be 80% against the bill by those criteria. It’s more like 800%, though.
But we do know the script the Republicans are following.
The set of people who can check all these boxes is not a winning political coalition. But Republican leaders believe that their voters are tribal enough, sufficiently walled off from information, that they’ll ignore the attack on their lives and keep voting R – indeed, that as they lose health care, get hit with crushing out-of-pocket bills, see their friends and neighbors face ruin, they’ll blame it on Democrats.
I wish I were sure that this belief was false.