I am astounded by the nastiness of so many respondents to this piece. In the first place, it appears that most of the respondents are judging these proposals in exclusively selfish terms — “What’s in it for me?”
They seem to have forgotten that money doesn’t grow on trees. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Mr. Biden proposes to fund his proposals by revoking a tax break that goes to big corporations. That is good. But the expansions demanded by so many people here would require big increases in taxes. Now, I’m retired, I get Medicare, and yet I’m willing to pay higher taxes for the benefit of the country. But I would rather see Medicare expanded to cover children. No child should have to forego proper medical care because their parents aren’t wealthy enough to afford it. I’d much rather see some poor eight-year old kid get his vaccinations than see some Millennial get free health checks.
Yes, Republicans are entirely selfish and they think only in terms of their own benefit. There was a time when progressives occupied the moral high ground, but it now appears that they have joined the stampede. Money! Money! Money! You just can’t get enough of it, can you?