I was listening to National Public Radio while driving home from work yesterday late afternoon. They did a feature, following up on one of that same morning, about Texas refusing to extend Medicare, and in so doing, foregoing about 100 billion Obamacare dollars “from the federal government.”
If the number 100 billion didn’t make you pause, then you haven’t been paying attention. However, later in the feature, we learn that it’s $100 billion over ten years.
Well, that’s a tad different.
The Texas budget is about $100 billion annually, so the original premise of the story would lead anyone to believe that Texans were being forced to go without the value of every penny of every dollar they were paying in taxes!
Still, ten cents of every tax dollar is a lot too.
But that’s not the whole of it. In the piece the NPR “reporter,” one Wade Goodwyn, kept telling about how it was only Texas Republicans paying close attention to political considerations that kept Texans from getting what should be their money.
Now, presumably these 100 billion dollars, or 10 billion dollars, whichever way you wish to think of it, were dollars that Texas is sending to Washington in the first place.
Nowhere in the piece did NPR even hint at questioning the legitimacy of that. In other words, NPR accepted as perfectly okay the idea that Texans would send $10 billion every year to the central government, and not get one thin dime back.
And all because of Obamacare. How does that scenario not indict Obamacare as a catastrophe?
Nowhere in the piece either did NPR mention the possibility that Texas Republicans might actually have been acting on dearly held principles. Obamacare, after all, is not viewed favorably by all Americans. In point of fact, more than half of all Americans view Obamacare quite unfavorably. It’s perfectly reasonable that Texas Republicans might actually oppose Obamacare, and all the monies associated with it, simply because it’s the right thing to do.
Imagine someone comes up to you and says, “I just stole $100 billion from the rest of Texas. Here, you take it!”
A hundred billion dollars? Enough for you and your kids and your entire large immediate family, and all their descendants for the next 10 generations to have a dream life without ever doing a lick of work.
One would hope that you’d still say, “No thanks. You can keep your dirty money, and in fact I’m calling the cops.”
Obamacare is the theft; Texas Republicans told Washington to keep its dirty money. NPR sided openly with the thief.