Stating the obvious about Republicans and health care

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Congressional Republicans are still talking like they don’t know the difference between health insurance and bulk purchase of medical goods and services. Either they know the difference or they don’t. If they really don’t know the difference, they are not qualified to legislate on health care. If they really do know the difference, they are not to be trusted to legislate on health care. It’s implausible that anyone elected to the US Congress would not know what insurance is, so Congressional Republicans must not be worthy of trust to legislate on health care. If for this reason Congressional Republicans should not be trusted to legislate on health care, it’s because their true aims and motives cannot be justified by reference to the general welfare. If their aims and motives cannot be justified by reference to the general welfare, they must be explained by reference to personal or factional advantage. Access to health care is of paramount importance to the general welfare. It follows that Congressional Republicans are putting considerations of personal or factional advantage ahead of the general welfare on a matter of paramount importance. No person who puts personal or factional advantage before any profoundly important matter of public interest is fit for public office. So Republicans who talk like they don’t know the difference between insurance and bulk purchase are not fit for public office.

This is all obvious, I think, but writing it down in a form that makes the chain of reasoning clear helps blow off a little steam. Also, I want to keep this as a reminder to myself not to talk as though Congressional Republicans are stupid rather than malicious.

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