CBS News: Why Do These Rednecks In Wayne County Oppose Obamacare?

2009 August 11
tags: Gene Taylor, healthcare
by Brett

From CBS News:

In this part of Mississippi where logging and an electric blanket manufacturer are the big employers, the jobless rate is higher than the national average. Nearly one in four people in Wayne County is uninsured. Even so, many have serious concerns about a government solution.

“I don’t see how they can put another government funded healthcare plan out there,” said Lorie Mills, who works for a local hospital.

Even with insurance, Mills’ last pregnancy cost $10,000 out of pocket. Still, she doesn’t think the government can do better.

This reeks of the condescending tone we saw from David Hampton on his blog over the weekend where he said that people who oppose Obamacare don’t know what they are talking about. To CBS, if you oppose Obamacare you’re just some redneck logger, and you ought to leave it to Washington to decide what is best for you and your family.

If you want to see a clip from Gene Taylor’s townhall that CBS is referring to, here is a link to my story on the event.

2 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 August 11

    David Hampton said basically the same thing about the Tea Party protesters in Jackson on tax day. When someone disagrees with the idea of an ever-expanding and ever more powerful government, they just don’t know what’s good for them, the ignore hicks.

  2. 2009 August 11
    msgijoe permalink

    What is that makes it so hard to understand that as our country grows and becomes more complex, the government must grow and become more complex? It has been doing that since the Constitution was written. It is not how big government is that should concern us; it is how efficient. Our medical care follows a similar track. As more expensive drugs and technology are discovered and/or invented, the cost of medical care…and therefore insurance is going to become more expensive. The way to counter that natural trend is to use technology and innovative management to make the medical industry more efficient. Our Congress is currently trying to do that. They are trying to find ways to make private insurance more competitive…. and hopefully more efficient and cheaper. It is a very complex problem…one that should have all of us looking for a solution that will make our country stronger, rather than one that will give a particular political party an advantage.

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