Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Because They're Morons And Damned Proud Of It

(Editorial cartoon by Mike Luckovich and published July 3, 2012 in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Click on image to enlarge and then please return.)

Either the GOP doesn't get it or they don't care. Or both. I'm voting for "C".

The big push by Republicans since the ACA decision came down from the Supreme Court has been to announce that they will yank the law up by its roots and burn it in front of a live audience. Mitt Romney, who was the governor of Massachusetts when the state passed the law which serves as the template for ACA, blithely ignores his original role and swears that the law is the worst possible thing in the world for this nation, presumably because it will cost jobs as employers try to cope (as if).

House Speaker Boehner, Mr. Frowny Face, intends to attempt the repeal as soon as Congress returns from its holiday recess.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell concurs with all of this and vows to push the same agenda, according to comments he made on Sunday on Fox News with Chris Wallace. And, hopefully, those comments just might come back to haunt him.

"The single best thing we could do for the healthcare system is get rid of "Obamacare." ... In other words, the single biggest step we can take in the direction of improving American healthcare is to get rid of the monstrosity,' McConnell said.

Wallace pressed McConnell on how Republicans would provide coverage to the millions of people who are uninsured.

"That is not the issue," McConnell said. "The question is how you can go step by step to improve the American healthcare system. It is already the finest healthcare system in the world."

"But you don't think that 30-million uninsured is an issue?" Wallace asked.

McConnell responded that Republicans were not going to turn the American healthcare system into a "Western European system. That's exactly what's at the heart of Obamacare."
[Emphasis added]

First of all, I have some trouble agreeing with McConnell's assertion that the American healthcare system is the finest in the world. Statistics on such matters as infant mortality and cost vs. benefits of care would belie that. But even if it were true, if 30 million people don't have access to that health care, it really doesn't matter, does it.

Yet Mr. Box Turtle (and you really should click on the LAT link to see the picture heading the article) claims "that is not an issue." Hell, even Chris Wallace on Fox F-ing News was taken aback by that assertion!

I guess the only thing that matters to these yahoos is a return to power, the rest of us be damned.


That's the politest term I can muster at the moment.

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