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Budget Director: No Healthcare for Lazy

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by Jonathan Chait

Many conservatives believe that a large proportion of Americans do not deserve access to medical care because their high medical costs result from poor decisions. This belief has been floating around right-wing circles for years. It resurfaced during the debate over the passage of Obamacare, was recently endorsed by Representative Mo Brooks, and again last week by Mick Mulvaney, the Trump administration’s budget director. Mulvaney defended the Republican health-care plan because it allegedly provides a “safety net” for people who “get cancer.” However, he insisted, “That doesn’t mean we should take care of the person who sits at home, eats poorly, and gets diabetes.”

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