I haven’t been known, Mister Anderson, to have the highest opinion of the logical reason capability of humans in general. But sometimes, Republicans have a way of dashing even my lowest expectations. I submit as evidence this story from Kaiser Health News:
EAGLE, Idaho — On Election Night, Bill McCarrel Jr. watched teary-eyed residents crowd into his historic bar, The Gathering Place, after President Barack Obama won a second term. His customers worried aloud about losing access to their guns and having to accept the federal health law that many revile as socialized medicine.
Like most people in this fiercely Republican state, McCarrel opposes Obamacare — even though he’s uninsured and can’t find affordable coverage as a result of his artificial hip and knees. But the former junior high principal is looking forward to shopping on the Obamacare online insurance exchange starting in October to see if he can get a plan he could afford.
I could simply offer this without comment, but that would deprive you of the revelation I had as I was reading this piece. Here we have a conservative man who mistrusts the government and presumably, like many of his fellow Western conservatives, preaches a naive gospel of freedom and free markets. And yet, because of the free markets he idolizes, he is unable to afford private health insurance because of his preexisting conditions. He despises the Affordable Care Act, and voted for a presidential candidate who promised to repeal it. And yet, because of that same law, he will be able to afford subsidized health insurance from which he cannot be rejected, precisely because the federal government has seen fit to regulate private industry precisely for the benefit of individuals like him–and he is eager to shop for insurance on this regulated exchange that he did not even want to see created in the first place.
I have spent some time now trying to understand the nature of the human species. I still cannot understand how two fundamentally irreconcilable ideas can inhabit the same brain without being forced into conflict by the merest exercise of thought.
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