The New York Post reported today on a suspected denial of service attack on the New York state website meant to handle enrollment in the health care exchanges. But buried within that article is a quote from attorney Greg Crawford, a man with Crohn’s disease who will potentially receive significant benefit from the Affordable Care Act:
“I’m not a big fan of the government taking over all this stuff politically, but I’m going to benefit from it tremendously as an individual, and I just wish it would work,” he said.
I do not know Crawford’s political affiliation, but this statement certainly sums up the way the GOP approaches government and the services and resources that the government provides. In their world view, the government should stay out of our business and not provide any services, unless it affects me. We see this with the government shutdown, we’ve seen this with gay marriage, and we’ve seen this with funding for stem cell research. We’ve witnessed how Republican governors who were vociferously opposed to bailouts are first in line to take credit when bailouts are successful. We’ve watched as members of Congress voted against funding for rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy do a 180-degree turn when there’s a natural disaster that affects their own states or districts.
Crawford’s statement, apparently oblivious to the irony embedded therein, is just one more manifestation of the self-centeredness of today’s GOP.