I don’t care to write about Obamacare, but Matt Miller does and has. Mr. Miller is what I would call a compassionate pragmatist, but he must look radically liberal to those on the right as he believes higher taxes and greater government investment in education is necessary if this country is to turn itself around. If this post prompts further interest, you can learn a lot more about him if you check out his web site.
I mention Miller because in a recent editorial in the Washington Post he gets to the heart of what basically separates the world views of Republicans and Democrats, especially the Republican power brokers of today. It is the differing significance each gives to the role of luck in life. Democrats tend to think of themselves as fortunate to be where they are, while Republicans tend to think of themselves as deserving. In turn, Democrats tend to look at less successful people as less fortunate, while Republicans tend to see them as undeserving, or at least far less deserving then they are.
As such, despite being one of the richest men on the planet and a perfect poster child for the self-made man, Warren Buffett leans Democratic as he sees himself as having had a lot of luck in life, beginning with his being born a man in 1930s America and the automatic advantages that conveyed. Need I add, especially for a white man. Such advantages a Republican would take for granted.
The Republican answer to Obamacare is no Obamacare and then maybe we’ll agree to make some changes in the health care system that will somewhat benefit perhaps a million or two, rather than the 20 million Obamacare aims to aid a great deal. And don’t remind us that the roots of Obamacare grew out of the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation, because we never really thought that was a good idea to begin with.
Despite its now looking like Obamacarelessness, given the lack of a real alternative, if you are well insured but relate strongly to: “There but for fortune go I….” it is Obamacare or nothing, for the Republicans don’t feel a need to offer anything comparable as suggested in Miller’s piece: Obama’s Well Insured Critics.