Saturday, July 1, 2017

If Democrats Behaved Like Republicans

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New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof once asked whether there was a double standard for women in American politics (duh). A related question: is there a false equivalence between Democrats and Republicans in American politics? Also, why does a growing share of America’s middle class vote Republican?

Imagine if it were the Democrats who proposed to take away health insurance coverage from 22-24 million working class people, who lied about their intentions to do so, then later argued that eliminating said coverage was fine because it reflected people simply choosing “to [not] buy something they don’t like or want,” who wanted to eliminate insurance subsidies that benefit low- and middle-income Americans to make space for a tax cut for rich people, who were O.K. with health insurers charging more or denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.