Indeed. And, of course, even the worst-case future that you posit for Mr. Kennedy may not yet come to pass. He may even decide that a future in Section 8 housing is not for him, move to Texas, and live far more luxuriously on the same amount of money. :-)
Whilst finding that Houston is far more cosmopolitan than he ever could imagine, being the first city in the US to elect an out gay mayor. :-)
The question that is being called, of course, is not a debate on the “humanity” of anyone, but a debate on the capability (not responsibility; that’s a debate best left to priests and philosophers) of society to absorb the health care costs of the chronically ill.
Last I read, about 80% of the aggregate national costs of care for pre-Medicare adults goes to the treatment of the chronically ill. The big bear in the room is diabetes, of course. And what Congress is grappling with today is the ability we have, within the current tax framework, to pay those costs, and how to do so in a way that bends the inflationary cost curve downwards, which if NOT accomplished, will destroy our entire budget over time.
It is a debate for serious individuals, not bomb throwers.