25 Jun

Many years ago, the thought was that people in government should seek to help the people. 

Somewhere along the line, that changed. Now, there’s a theory that one helps the people only indirectly, by first helping the rich and powerful. The middle class and the poor must wait for the handouts and subsidies to the very rich and to corporations to “trickle down” to them. 

It’s a long wait, indeed, because 30 years of adherence to that faith, the wealth hasn’t trickled down. It’s been concentrated in a small elite whose wealth keeps growing .

Representative Chris Collins is part of that 1%, and his staff have been very vocal on Twitter lately. Collins is evidently trying to carve out a niche whereby he is the Congressguy who most hates Obamacare. Here, he highlights a Chicago Tribune editorial that wrings its hands over the Affordable Care Act’s coming implementation.  He employs the hashtag “trainwreck” to describe the federal implementation of what had been the conservative solution to universal health insurance coverage – a mandate to purchase insurance through private companies or a government-run exchange. The coming “trainwreck” is merely a nationwide application of Massachusetts’ Romneycare. 

Here, Collins bemoans Washington “dysfunction” over defeat of a Farm Bill. The dysfunction came about because the Republicans demanded a reduction in food stamp spending because government is no longer about helping people down on their luck, but about helping to subsidize private farming. If you’re depending on some Democratic votes to pass the bill, Republicans should keep their members from deliberately provoking Democrats by adding unacceptable last-minute amendments to that bill. 

Here. Collins addresses the right-wing echo chamber. 

Check this survey out:

Did you see this? I looked and looked, but I didn’t see the survey that’s intended for average citizens who also happen to make up Collins’ constituency. After all, we vote for this guy, too. Why is he so concerned about the problems facing businesses? When he goes and talks to Greta Susteren about the poor, beleaguered businesses who are forced to cut people’s hours because of the coming Obamacare “trainwreck”. 

But the translation of that is: people are being deliberately denied health insurance coverage because neither the businesses nor their representative in Congress thinks it’s important. 

What’s Collins’ solution to the health insurance crisis? What is “CollinsCare”? He and his Twitter minions consistently avoid that question, falling back on the argument that NY-27 elected him and not Hochul, and therefore it is his job to demagogue Obamacare in order to ensure his re-election. But given his incessant agitation against the notion that average people should have health insurance coverage, we know what CollinsCare would look like. 

Under CollinsCare, medical bankruptcy is the way to reach universal coverage. 

Under CollinsCare, a vagina should continue to be a pre-existing condition. 

Under CollinsCare, your pre-existing medical conditions should continue to disqualify you from obtaining health insurance coverage. 

Under CollinsCare,  the ER is good enough for you, and preventive care is socialism. 

Under CollinsCare, treatment consists of “Maybe you Shouldn’t Have Gotten Sick”. 

Under CollinsCare, “middle class” is a synonym for “vassal”. 

Under CollinsCare, the best way to treat leukemia and other acute disease is to set up tip jars in convenience stores. 

Under CollinsCare, health insurance is a “trainwreck”, so it’s better to have medical debt you can’t pay. 

Under CollinsCare, a $1 million lifetime cap on insurance payouts is plenty. 

Under CollinsCare, having the 37th best health insurance system in the world is good enough. 

Under CollinsCare, being a citizen means not caring about your fellow citizens. 

Under CollinsCare, 50 million uninsured Americans is too few. 

Under CollinsCare, chemotherapy is for the privileged few. 

Under CollinsCare, your college grad loses coverage. 

Under CollinsCare, medical treatment is a privilege for the well-to-do. 

Under CollinsCare, the slogan is “Fuck People”. 

But in the video shown above, Collins tells Greta Van Susteren that the Affordable Care Act was passed “in the middle of the night” in a “hurry”. 

The Affordable Care Act was debated and negotiated between the Summer of 2009 and its signing in March 2010. It was reported out of committee in July 2009. The Senate vote took place at 7:05 pm on December 24, 2009. The final House vote took place months – on March 21, 2010 at 10:49 pm

No hurry. No “middle of the night”. If Collins would so brazenly lie about silly, easily rebuttable facts, it calls everything else he says or writes into question. 


7 Responses to “#CollinsCare”

  1. mikeinwny June 25, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    Food Stamps aside, the Farm Bill benefits the 1% and drives up costs for the rest of us. http://reason.com/archives/2013/06/10/the-great-farm-bill-ripoff

  2. Brian Paterson June 25, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    When republicans fail to effect the “trainwreck” that they’re now relentlessly predicting, they’ll be finally on to discussing something else in time for the 2016 presidential election.

  3. jimd54 June 25, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    I recently was in Florida visiting a good friend and we got in the discussion of “Obamacare”. It was stunning how misinformed he was. It’s actually funny because his opinions are much like “Collinscare”. He thinks it will be run by the IRS. He does not understand why the uninsured can’t make due with the emergency room and has no idea how that bloats the cost of healthcare. He had no idea exchanges were the Republican alternative to universal healthcare. Guys like Collins really do the country a disservice.

    • Ismaeal Naji June 26, 2013 at 10:13 am #

      I never understood the notion of using the emergency room like some of these Anti “Obamacare” opponents tout so much

      • jimd54 June 26, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

        I think it is their answer to the fact that millions of Americans are uninsured. At least that’s what my friend said. When I pointed out the fact millions of people lack health coverage his retort was no one is ever turned away from the emergency room, completely missing the point of preventative check ups, blood work etc. that would keep people out of the emergency room in the first place.

      • Ismaeal Naji June 28, 2013 at 10:50 am #

        do they realize, that when people go to the “emergency room” that it increases the cost of folks who are already paying way too much for health insurance?

  4. Know Saint June 25, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    It’s very important that you continue to get the word out about this despicably evil man!!!! Even better, insert these type of articles in your print edition, reaching even more people. Keep the pressure on, Alan. Good for you!!!! It’s sad looking back today seeing all the damage this man had done to the region, especially in the city and with safety net programs. It’s hard to believe that some Democrats actually followed this fool, only to have Collins and his ilk piss all over them and laugh.

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