Understanding Republican Cruelty

Or to put it another way, Republicans start from a sort of baseline of cruelty toward the less fortunate, of hostility toward anything that protects families against catastrophe.
I won’t pretend to have a full answer, but I think there are two big drivers — actually, two big lies — behind Republican cruelty on health care and beyond.
In this sense there’s nothing new about their health plan.
means taking away health care from people who desperately need it in order to cut taxes on the rich.
In fact, my guess is that the bill has low approval even among those who would get a significant tax cut.

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