Eugene Robinson sums it all up:
Obamacare’s real danger for the GOP is that it will succeed
. . . Other rich countries provide truly universal care through single-payer systems of various kinds. Obama chose instead to model the Affordable Care Act after a program implemented on the state level by the Republican governor who became Obama’s opponent in the 2012 presidential election. Yes, before Obamacare there was Romneycare, a private-sector, free-market solution designed to be in accord with the GOP’s most hallowed principles.
But in the years between Mitt Romney’s tenure in Massachusetts and his presidential run, the Republican Party lost its way, or perhaps its mind. . . .
For the radical far right, making health care more widely available through the existing network of insurers, most of them for-profit companies, is a giant leap toward godless socialism. . . .
Republicans scream that Obamacare is sure to fail. But what they really fear is that it will succeed.
That’s the reason for all the desperation.
It is no longer within my capability to fully comprehend that which motivates Republicans and Wingnuts — not by any means other than to recall, yet one more time, Dante’s Seven Deadly Sins, each of which does, indeed, seem to most precisely sum up both history’s and today’s darkside (i.e. far right wing) political “ethic.” Those ‘Magnificent Seven’ are, in no particular order: Greed, Lust, Gluttony, Sloth, Envy, Wrath, and Pride. Maximize each and all, and bingo, Tea Party defined with but a single exception, one that Dante and early Christendumb somehow missed (but which Nazi Germany well-understood, as do today’s American Tea Partiers): HATRED, particularly RACIAL Hatred. I suppose too, while were at it, we might as well also add Deadly Sin number nine (which both Tea Partiers and murderers each and all seem to adore): Guns.
Greed, Lust, Gluttony, Sloth, Envy, Wrath, Pride, RACIAL Hatred, and Guns. America thus (and very sadly) defined.