Man, it's gotta be tough for politicians nowadays. Gone is the gentleman's agreement between elected officials and journalists that kept public scandals out of the headlines and off of people's whispering lips.
Used to be you could debase yourself and your position by overseeing legislation that would keep families from falling into bankruptcy, and the public would be none the wiser. Have a bad weekend and end up accidentally improving the lives of millions of your constituents? No problem, the newspapers and your political opposition alike knew when to be hush-hush. Not anymore!
Now, every little bit of positive humane policy gets dragged out into the public square for the entire nation's mockery and scorn…
The Massachusetts healthcare law that then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed in 2006 includes a program known as the Health Safety Net, which allows undocumented immigrants to get needed medical care along with others who lack insurance.
Uninsured, poor immigrants can walk into a health clinic or hospital in the state and get publicly subsidized care at virtually no cost to them, regardless of their immigration status.
The program, widely supported in Massachusetts, drew little attention when Romney signed the trailblazing healthcare law. But now it could prove problematic for the Republican presidential hopeful, who has been attacking Texas Gov. Rick Perry for supporting educational aid for children of undocumented immigrants in Texas.
Look, I'm sure that both Romney and Perry are both awful, unsympathetic, opportunistic sociopaths deep down, but I don't know. This business with the consideration for the well-being of the poor and desperate… It just makes me wonder.
I mean, what if we elect one of them, and they end up providing a better life for a poverty-stricken immigrant? How would I ever live with myself?
* Didn't realize I was stealing this headline so wholly from The Onion. Tough to beat a headline so simple and so dead-on.
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Tags: Health Care, Immigration, Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Perry