Why ‘Obamacare’ plans covering 211,000 Louisianians could see rates jump 30 percent _lowres

President Barack Obama gestures while speaking at Concord Community High School Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Elkhart, Ind. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Associate professor of political science at LSU-Shreveport and Advocate columnist Jeff Sadow probably should give credit for 105 percent of his comments to Fox News, or perhaps Roger Ailes, or some other corporate sponsored propagandist.

In my view, his statements seem to omit the lessons of U.S. history from 1870 to 1935, and in fact misrepresent that history. His most recent “learned” contributions (Dec 18), included these comments (among others): 1. “a fictitious equal pay gap for equivalent work between sexes” 2. mention of “the largest proportion of able-bodied adults out of work in four decades”, 3. blames the Democrats for the increases in health care costs for 2017, 4. and refers to the “the oppressiveness of big government.”

Consider first the validity of his denial of a gender-based pay gap when considering his worthiness to teach our children. On unemployment, notice that Sadow does not acknowledge that it was 30 to 40 years of conservative policy dominance, beginning in the 1970s that allowed, and encouraged the sell-off of America’s industrial base and its millions of jobs, as well as the 1980s, which are defined by “barbarians at the gates” and for unprecedented corporate fraud. And, after selling the American people on the idea of “the information economy,” proceeded to create special visas allowing lower-paid foreign workers to enter our labor market and take American jobs.

As an alleged educator, I would think that he and his colleagues should not attribute results to a single or a couple of election cycles when it is always the result of decades of intentional policy that explains the real causes. His column reads like campaign rhetoric, not the facts as implied. As for health care costs, our associate professor blames the government for increasing costs of health care. Now, this one is especially spurious for the following reasons: Has anyone seen the conservatives offer to address the reasons for health care cost increases (such amending the ACA to allow the government to negotiate lower drug costs; changing the medical insurance model to produce a single payer system like Medicare; and even changing the laws dealing with drug pricing to protect against gouging)?

Or, have you seen conservatives intent on repeal and giving the American people a voucher to help them buy unregulated and exploitative insurance coverage? Do you recall American companies dropping their health plans and raising deductibles long before the ACA became law? The oppressiveness of government, and of regulation — a refrain that was a big part of the Republican claims in the 1930s and the 1970s. Regulation was going to destroy Wall Street, prevent businesses from competing, cost jobs. The old “what is good for business is good for labor.” No one should be allowed to express these opinions without reminding the reader that it was understood by 1900 that government had to step in to protect the American people from the “trusts.” And that the fruits of gains in productivity would not have been shared — and the middle class would not have existed without labor’s right to collective bargaining and strike. I believe that as long as the Commentary page continues to allow propaganda, the title should be changed from Commentary to Alternative Propaganda with each author identified as to leaning.

James Bollinger

retired accountant