Though he’s widely known for his hilarious, off-color quips on Twitter, comedian Rob Delaney has, in recent months, become increasingly vocal about the presidential election. Over the summer, in fact, his tweets became the most re-tweeted on the subject of Mitt Romney.
Delaney has now harnessed his influence — 648,000 Twitter followers and rising — to encourage Americans to vote for Barack Obama on Nov. 6., reasoning, among other things, that Medicaid (a government program that provides healthcare to those who can’t afford it) needs to remain robust and that under a Mitt Romney administration, many poor families would lose those services. Using Hurricane Sandy as backdrop, Delaney explains his position on a recent Tumblr post.
As I looked at these pictures of the babies being evacuated, I had a depressing thought. What are the financial situations of these babies’ parents? Are they poor? Do they have insurance? Are they on Medicaid? Medicaid is a health program that pays for medical services for those who cannot afford them. It is jointly funded by the federal and state governments. In some ways, I’d be happy if you were learning this information for the first time right now; the reason being that you don’t have to rely on Medicaid. Regardless, I suspect that if you had some “Medicaid” in your pocket last night, you’d have gladly given it to these precious babies to ensure their health and safety. It’s a good thing. If one of those babies were poor, I don’t suspect you’d want to punish her because her dad got laid off from his manufacturing job or because leukemia killed her older brother and bankrupted her parents just in time for her birth. If you don’t like these examples, tough shit; they’re how people get poor in the United States of America in 2012. I don’t want you to like them.
You can read Delaney’s entire post here.