Sarah Palin, WWTD (What Will Trig Do?)

For a former vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin sure hates the government. Here is her Obamacare-hating response to last night’s State of the Union Address, with some Ted Cruz for good measure…

Ronald Reagan said the nine most frightening words in the English language are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Well, last night’s promise to grow even more unaffordable, unsustainable bureaucracy confirms we need rescuing from government like never before.

While Palin runs around the country exhorting working people to reject universal affordable health care coverage, she is raising a son, Trig, with Down Syndrome. She herself describes some of the challenges here.

Children with Down Syndrome can get support from Social Security Disability. The monthly check may just be pocket change compared to the Palin wealth today, but in the years ahead Trig will have that government safety net. The despised ‘community organizers’ should also be thanked for advocating to include special-needs children in public education, and other benefits. It takes taxpayer money, but it’s the right thing to do.

Coincidentally, one of the Republican rebuttals to the State of the Union address was delivered by Rep.Cathy McMorris Rodgers. She is also raising a son with Down Syndrome.

On health care, McMorris Rodgers said Republicans will continue to fight to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and she knocked the administration for the rocky rollout of the president’s signature law.

“We’ve all talked to too many people who have received cancellation notices they didn’t expect or who can no longer see the doctors they always have,” she said. “No, we shouldn’t go back to the way things were, but the president’s health-care law is not working.”

“Republicans believe health-care choices should be yours, not the government’s,” she added. “And that whether you’re a boy with Down syndrome or a woman with breast cancer, you can find coverage and a doctor who will treat you.”

This sounds a lot like the Affordable Care Act provision that insurance can’t exclude people with pre-existing conditions. And she doesn’t say exactly how people who need insurance will find coverage that meets all their needs at an affordable price, but we’re waiting.

I go back and forth between disillusionment with the Obama administration, and the hope that the President is playing 11th dimensional chess. Right now it looks like in addition to making the Affordable Care Act legally unstoppable, he has changed the terms of the debate. Considering the propaganda machine that has been cranking out attacks on social programs since Ronald Reagan, this is amazing. If we do the right thing today, all our children will be better off tomorrow.

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