Speaking this morning to a group of reporters, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell both spoke at length about our economy, national debt and of course President Obama’s leadership.
In what has become a cornerstone of the Republican Party since 2009, it didn’t take either of these gentlemen long before the topic of the Affordable Care Act was brought up.
Except, neither man knew what that was.
A reported asked both men, “So what role do you think the Affordable Care Act has had on our economy?”
To which Boehner replied, “The what?”
McConnell also seemed confused as to what the reporter was asking. “The Affordable Car Act? What’s that, a new Obama socialized plan to give everyone a free car?”
Then an unknown teenage intern from the Daily Caller shouted, “They mean Obamacare!”
At that point both men realized what the reporter was asking.
Boehner immediately went on the attack against Obamacare. “Oh, you mean the law which caused our financial crash,” he said. “You tell me, what role do you think it’s had? Was the Great Recession good for America?”
McConnell backed Boehner, “I’m sick of the liberal media trying to blame our financial crash on the good people of Wall Street. Big banks had nothing to do with what happened to our economy. Obamacare is what caused this crash and the sooner it’s repealed the better off we’ll be as a nation.”
Stunned, the reporter followed by saying, “But… the financial crash happened before Obama became President and more than a year before the Affordable Care—uh, I mean Obamacare was signed into law. How did it cause our economic crash?”
Boehner poked fun at the reporter, claiming he was obviously “liberally biased” and “it’s clear he doesn’t work for Fox News.”
McConnell, equally disgusted by the reporter’s line of questioning, agreed. “Look, anyone with access to Fox News, the Heritage Foundation or Rush Limbaugh knows Obamacare is the cause for almost every problem in America. Heck, we’ve still yet to get an answer from the President on where Obamacare was on 9/11. How do we know it wasn’t behind the terrorist attack? Where was Obamacare on April 14, 1865? My sources tell me Obamacare had tickets to Ford’s Theatre that night. Really makes you think, doesn’t it?”
At this point the question and answer segment was ended—because of course this never happened. I know, I know—it all seemed very believable up until this point. Hopefully if you got this far it made you laugh. If not, get a sense of humor. It’s not a bad thing to have fun sometimes.
And while this piece might be over the top, I wrote it to mock the ridiculousness Republicans display when it comes to the Affordable Care Act.
They’ve blamed the Affordable Care Act for anything bad, at every opportunity possible. They’ve blamed it for slower than desired job growth (yet they’ve not passed a single jobs bill since they’ve had control of the House and we’ve created nearly 7 million jobs without their help), our deficit (even though the CBO has said it reduces our deficit in the long run and we’ve actually reduced our deficits the last few years), and most recently, Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander claimed that students were being overcharged interest on their loans because of “Obamacare.”
Is the health care law perfect? Of course not. But the level at which Republicans will seemingly go out of their way to blame the law on something completely unrelated is pathetic. And lost in all of their rhetoric, they always seem to fail to mention that their 37 (about to be 38) failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act have cost taxpayers close to $60 million.
All just so that when they run for re-election they can use these pointless votes in a campaign ad to pander to their voters.
These people are clowns and I will continue to treat them that way until they stop using Congress as their sideshow to display right-wing insanity at our expense.