The use of "tax credits" to "ake health insurance affordable" have no value -- NONE -- to people whose income is below the threshold of taxability.
Those who need healthcare most might just as well use tax credits to wipe their ass.
The fact that this logical fundament is completely ignored in favor of the conservative anodyne that "tax credits are the best way to achieve universal healthcare coverage" is not only delusional but reveals the unbreachable gap between conservatives and Reason.
Tax credits sound like a good idea in the same way that it sounded like a good idea - back in my youth - to argue against seat belts because without them you'd "be thrown clear of the car."
The same people who propose tax credits to achieve universal healthcare coverage are the same lamebrains who argued that it was better not to be seatbelted inside a car because they "wanted to be thrown clear."
Of course, in their heart of hearts the people who propose tax credits want the undeserving to die, which is why they strategize this particular smokescreen to make it look like they're "working on the problem" while, in fact, they want to prolong the problem to insure an early death for n'er-do-wells.
Alan: To prevent somebody, somewhere from "getting something for nothing," American conservatives are not only content to let people die, they are thrilled by the thought and titillated by disguising their deadly intent.
The Hard, Central Truth Of Contemporary Conservatism
The hard, central "fact" of contemporary "conservatism" is its insistence on a socio-economic threshold above which people deserve government assistance, and below which people deserve to die.
The sooner the better.
Unless conservatives are showing n'er-do-wells The Door of Doom, they just don't "feel right."
To allay this chthonic anxiety, they resort to Human Sacrifice, hoping that spilled blood will placate "the angry gods," including the one they've made of themselves. http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com/2013/09/harvard-study-45000-americans-die.html
Having poked their eyes out, they fail to see that self-generated wrath creates "the gods" who hold them thrall.
The Evangelical Persecution Complex (Projection's Finest Hour?)
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Almost "to a man," contemporary "conservatives" have apotheosized themselves and now -- sitting on God's usurped throne -- are rabid to pass Final Judgment.
Self-proclaimed Christians, eager to thrust "the undeserving" through The Gates of Hell, are the very people most likely to cross its threshold.
Remarkably, none of them are tempted to believe this.