Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Obama’s spiritual mentor — is back in the news. Responding to a question about the health care debate, Wright opined that “racist right-wingers are upset because poor people are about to the helped.”
But the vast majority of poor American citizens have health insurance, and the various reform proposals being pushed by the Democrats are not confined to expanding coverage for the poor and near-poor.
In any event, “racist right-wingers” are not the reason why Democratic reform programs haven’t passed. Both chambers of Congress are controlled by Democrats, so it’s Obama’s failure to persuade them to sign on that is blocking passage.
But for Wright, America itself — nothwithstanding the election of his spiritual disciple to its highest office and the provision of free health care to most poor people — is a racist, right-wing country.
UPDATE: According to Keith Hennessey, there are about 6.5 million poor and near-poor Ameircans who have insurance but are deemed uninsured because, although enrolled in Medicaid or S-CHIP, they didn’t tell the census taker. There are an additional 4.5 million poor and near-poor who are eligible for Medicaid or S-CHIP but have not enrolled. If they need care, the hospital or clinic generally enrolls them.
Clearly, those racist right-wingers will stop at nothing to hurt poor people.
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