The rich are different

This quote is all over for good reason:

A New York City donor a few cars back, who also would not give her name, said Romney needed to do a better job connecting. “I don’t think the common person is getting it,” she said from the passenger seat of a Range Rover stamped with East Hampton beach permits. “Nobody understands why Obama is hurting them.

“We’ve got the message,” she added. “But my college kid, the baby sitters, the nails ladies — everybody who’s got the right to vote — they don’t understand what’s going on. I just think if you’re lower income — one, you’re not as educated, two, they don’t understand how it works, they don’t understand how the systems work, they don’t understand the impact.”

They don’t understand that Romney’s plan to cut taxes for the rich and cut regulations on the people who crashed the world economy are for the poor. Don’t they listen to their betters?

And this (via this post by digby) is more of the same:

In South Carolina, the law would add about 500,000 people to Medicaid, said Tony Keck, whom Haley appointed to head the Health and Human Services Department.

“We simply can’t support this,” Haley and Keck said in a July 3 statement. “We are not going to jam more South Carolinians into a broken program, a program that stifles innovation, discourages personal responsibility, and encourages fraud, abuse and overuse of services — and that, by the way, costs us billions of dollars.”

Republican governors of Louisiana, Florida, Iowa, Mississippi, and Texas also oppose the plan to boost the scale of the health-care program. Texas Governor Rick Perry said today he won’t do anything to implement the president’s law. In his state, about 25 percent go without health insurance, the nation’s highest rate, according to Census Department figures.

“I stand proudly with the growing chorus of governors who reject the Obamacare power grab,” he said.

Keck, South Carolina’s top health official, said the state’s illnesses are driven by poverty and that money poured into Medicaid would best be used elsewhere. Keck said he and Haley favor block-grant funding that would hold the state accountable for set outcomes, such as lowering obesity.

“We should spend our money getting more people jobs with health insurance,” Keck said. “If we’re going to talk at all about targeting the uninsured, it has to be with a completely different system than Medicaid.”

Again they give the argument that it’s better not to help the non-rich (it’s funny how Keck is saying that Republican would be for stimulus and how they would use block grants to help the poor, well it would be funny if they weren’t in power). As digby says, Republican governors are deciding that they’d rather have some people die than use money from Obamacare even if the state would actually be financially better off if they go into the program.

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