NPR Reporter (and Former Alinskyite Organizer) Lashes Out at Texas GOP for Turning Down ObamaCare Funds
With his disarming Texas drawl, NPR’s Dallas-based correspondent Wade Goodwyn hardly sounds like a far-left activist in the mold of Saul Alinsky, but that’s exactly what he used to be. During the 1980s—at least until 1989—Goodwyn was a community organizer in New York City working with a community group affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation, an activist network established by the far-left activist Saul Alinsky to further his politics.
That backdrop helps explain reporter Goodwyn’s angry denunciation of the Texas Republican Party in his May 23 report on NPR’s All Things Considered. Instead of simply reporting on the controversy of the Texas GOP deciding not to take federal funds in exchange for implementing parts of Obamacare, Goodwyn hammered away the Texas GOP’s decision. Goodwyn devoted six times as much time for others to argue against the decision than for it. Apparently believing that such a ratio was insufficient to push his position over the finish line, Goodwyn himself argued against the decision at length.
Ostensibly impartial Goodwyn refused to believe that there were any legitimate policy reasons for turning down the strings-attached federal money for Obamacare. Instead, he divined with certainty that the only reason for the decision was politics by Gov. Rick Perry and the other Texas Republicans. In slamming Perry as making his decision simply to help his potential 2016 presidential bid, Goodwyn couldn’t resist taking a jab at Perry: “this time without the oops.”
Goodwyn’s activities as a far-left community organizer could be dismissed as simply the actions of a more youthful person. All of a sudden, in 1991, at most two years after being a community organizer, Goodwyn showed up on NPR as a reporter. In his biography for the NPR website, it only vaguely reports, "Before coming to NPR, Goodwyn was a political consultant in New York City.” It says nothing about any previous job in journalism.
Unfortunately for Goodwyn, though, he has yet another appearance to put in next week in Austin as a Board of Advisors member for the Texas Observer's Molly Awards --“Molly” as in the late lefty bomb-thrower Molly Ivins, patron saint of the Observer. It’s an odd role for an ostensibly impartial journalist to play. Then again, he’s a correspondent for liberal taxpayer-subsidized NPR. Besides, ostensibly impartial NPR anchorman Robert Siegel and NPR's Saturday "week in politics" analyst James Fallows are also on the Molly Award Board of Advisors. At least for this year, Goodwyn isn’t emceeing the event again.
Transcript excerpts from Goodwyn’s May 23 NPR report on All Things Considered (emphasis mine):
WADE GOODWYN: Texas' share of the cost would have been just seven percent of the total, but for Governor Rick Perry and the state's Republican-dominated legislature, even $1 in the name of ObamaCare was $1 too much.
WADE GOODWYN: Texas Republicans have moved steadily to the right, to where the very concept of public health insurance of any kind is looked at through slitted eyes.
WADE GOODWYN: If your country has no national health insurance but your citizens don't have the stomach to watch the uninsured die on the hospital sidewalk, something's got to give.
And so, there's a national expectation that doctors and hospitals will provide these uninsured populations mostly uncompensated care. And so they do. But few in the industry think this is the way to operate.
WADE GOODWYN: This is not about money. If it were, Texas would be taking it. This is about ObamaCare. It's widely believed in Austin that Governor Perry is seriously considering another run for president - this time without the oops. His base is Tea Party Republicans across the country.
While it might cost $100 billion for the privilege, Perry is going to be able to stand in front of them and say, I said no to Obama when he tried to bribe my state with health care coverage for the poor. And since it's widely believed that these would-be Medicaid recipients probably don't vote, or if they do vote they vote for Democrats, there's no political price to pay for snubbing them. It's a win-win.
…because for Texas Republicans, the very words health care now carry the stink of ObamaCare.
WADE GOODWYN: Texas Republicans aren't worried about the reaction from the left for voting down Medicaid expansion. They're worried they might get primaried from a Tea Party candidate if the words health care pass their lips on the floor of the legislature.
For at least the next two years and probably longer, Medicaid expansion in Texas is dead. What this all means is that a million and a half Texans who might have received health care coverage will remain one serious illness or one bad accident away from bankruptcy. And an estimated $100 billion that would have been spent buying health care in Texas will now go somewhere else.