The Orphaned Middle Class

Main St. Agenda by from Washington Times, December 26, 2013

Whether it’s health care, higher education, illegal immigration, energy issues, or monetary policy, Washington policymakers are ignoring the middle class.

On almost every left-right issue that divides Democrats and Republicans—as well as Republicans themselves—there is a neglected populist constituency. The result is that populist politics are largely caricatured as Tea Party extremism—and a voice for the middle class is largely absent.

The problem with Obamacare is that its well-connected and influential supporters—pet businesses, unions and congressional insiders—have already won exemption from it. The rich will always have their concierge doctors and Cadillac health plans. The poor can usually find low-cost care through Medicaid, federal clinics and emergency rooms.’ . . . So far, Obamacare is falling hardest on the middle class.

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