Why We Hate Affordable Health-Care

CALVIN Trillin, Deadline Poet

 We Hate It’Cause It’s His: A Republican Sea Chantey

 “The Individual mandate had been at the heart of the Republican health-care reform for two decades. The mandate made its political debut in a 1989 Heritage Foundation brief titled ‘Affordable Health Care for all Americans,’ as a counterpoint to the single-payer system and employer mandate, which were favored by in Democratic circles…. The mandate made its first legislative appearance in 1993, in the Health Equity and Access Reform Today Act- the Republicans alternative to President Clinton’s health- reform bill,”    Ezra Klein, The New Yorker

 Oh why do we loath this thing?

We used to love it so.

We used to say, for health reform

This is the way to go

We said it was free enterprise

(And we explained just how).

If this our idea back then

How could we hate it now?

 We hate it cause it’s his lads, We hate it cause it’s his.

We hate it cause it’s his, lads. That’s what our hatred is.

You needn’t be a whiz , lads, to ace this simple quiz.

 We hate it cause it’s his lads. We hate it cause it’s his.

 If Mitts plan was the model here,

What caused this great upheaval?

If Mitt’s make sense, then why is this

Just socialistic evil?

If this approach once seemed so good

That all us were for it,

How come it’s so wicked now

That all of us abhor it?

 We hate it cause it’s his lads, We hate it cause it’s his.

We hate it cause it’s his, lads. That’s what our hatred is.

You needn’t be a whiz , lads, to ace this simple quiz.

 We hate it cause it’s his lads. We hate it cause it’s his.

 

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