The Republican effort to sell Trumpcare to the American people is off to a very rough start. First, we had Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz, who said last week that poor people should not complain about the crippling cost of Trumpcare if they have the audacity to also own a cell phone. As reported by Restore Progress, it has since emerged that Chaffetz himself received a free iPhone from wealthy donors, the same donors who also pay his regular cell phone bill.
Now, we have Republican congressman Roger Marshall of Kansas, whose contempt for the poor is even more blatant. As reported by the Chicago Tribune, “[Marshall, a] first-term congressman who spent three decades as a physician — and is now part of a group of Republican doctors who have a major role in replacing Obamacare — is facing backlash after saying that poor people ‘just don’t want health care and aren’t going to take care of themselves.'”
In case there was any doubt about what he meant, he then added, even more insultingly, “morally, spiritually, socially”… the poor, specifically including the homeless, “just don’t want health care.”
Marshall’s comments are about as insensitive and outrageous as you will ever see from an elected official. On the plus side, he and Chaffetz have laid bare who Trumpcare is really designed to benefit: not the American poor, or even the middle class, but the extremely rich. As the saying goes, the more things change, the more things stay the same.