Mark Green

Republican faith in tax cuts and human suffering shapes healthcare bill

Republican faith in tax cuts and human suffering shapes healthcare bill

Congressional Republicans are staking their political future on a healthcare bill that is demonstrably cruel and deeply unpopular. To understand why they have chosen such a wretched and unpromising course, one has to appreciate the depth of their belief in two conservative shibboleths.

The first was articulated in 2015 by Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green who, until he withdrew from consideration on Friday, was the Trump administration’s nominee for secretary of the Army. Green was speaking to a church group in his home state when he spoke out against government assistance to needy citizens.

“The person who's in need,” Green said, as quoted in the Washington Examiner, “they look...

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