It seems especially ridiculous that those Republicans (like Sen. Ted Cruz) who repeatedly make the unsubstantiated claim that the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) is a “job killer” are willing to drive the whole economy off a cliff through their tactic of threatening to allow the U.S. government to default on its loans if their list of demands is not met.
It is widely understood that such an occurrence would cause such a trauma to the economy that there would be a hemorrhaging of jobs rivaling if not surpassing the “Great Recession,” the effects of which we have still not shaken off. It is reminiscent of that clichéd scene we have seen in so many cheezy “B” movies — they have their hand on the explosive plunger saying if they don’t get their way we all blow up.
To call them reckless is an understatement. It is pretty obvious their interest is not in preserving jobs, but rather in preserving the current stranglehold that powerful oligarchies have on this country (and on Congress) — in this case the insurance industry. How many have already lost their livelihoods in bankruptcies because of medical conditions? What do Republicans propose to do about that?
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