In “Me and Bobby McGee,” Kris Kristofferson wrote that “freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.” On Wednesday, Brian Beutler suggested that “freedom” is just another word Republicans use to deprive Americans of health coverage. The GOP, contended Beutler, has “a weird way to define liberty” that involves 14 million people losing coverage “almost immediately.” He added, “Their conception of liberty and freedom [is] exceptionally callous.”
Buckle up, readers, because this has to be one of the more clueless things MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews has ever said. On Tuesday’s show, Matthews repeated a false claim that there was no “real” individual mandate to purchase health insurance under ObamaCare and the GOP not fixing this supposed problem will doom its chances of success.
Amidst the snow on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer held a daily briefing and he tussled with CNN’s Jim Acosta after Acosta defended ObamaCare and wondered if President Trump is “okay with that there are going to be millions of people who aren’t going to have coverage.”
During a discussion with New-York Presbyterian Hospital CEO Dr. Steven Corwin on Tuesday’s CBS This Morning, co-hosts Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell, and Gayle King all accepted his call for more government involvement in the health care industry and fretted that not enough Americans were being forced to purchase medical insurance.
“Fake” news host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight John Oliver is apparently trying to “explain” to Trump about healthcare, through advertising on Fox News’ Fox and Friends. The liberal comedian bought ad time on the news network to play spoof ads for his show, where an actor talks directly to the camera, pleading with the president to reconsider repealing the Affordable Care Act, the Washington Post reported.
New York Times columnist Charles Blow went on another Twitter rant Monday, attacking the GOP again for being “on the wrong side of history.” This time, it was over the Republicans fight to repeal Obamacare. Blow actually claimed that Republicans were so “clouded by partisan hatred” in their hatred of Obama, that “they’d rather die of disease” than “be kept alive” by a plan bearing his name.
Responding to a question from The Daily Caller’s Kaitlan Collins during Monday’s White House press briefing about slanted media coverage of ObamaCare, Sean Spicer accused journalists of ignoring the failures of the health care law and instead portraying it as “all rainbows and puppies.”
On Monday's CNN Newsroom With John Berman and Poppy Harlow, co-anchor John Berman questioned former Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf about the upcoming CBO figures of the Republican Party's replacement of ObamaCare. However, the CNN host failed to ask about the same office, under Elmendorf's watch, having inaccurately projected the financial impact of President Obama's health care law in 2009.
On CNN's New Day Monday, co-host Chris Cuomo remarked at the end of a segment about the Republican Party not saying whether or not Americans will lose coverage over their replacement proposal of ObamaCare, ahead of a Congressional Budget Office report expected later Monday regarding the cost to repeal of and the GOP's replacement to the existing health care law, expected to cost $600 billion to do the former through 2026. "Have you heard any Republicans say, 'Nobody will lose coverage under this plan, I promise?' If you haven't there's a reason when the CBO report comes out," he said.
Following the trail of angry liberals on social media, Jack Healy in Sunday’s New York Times attacked a comment by Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah suggesting people should invest in their own health care instead of buying the new IPhone. Healy defended the necessity of having a cell in “Having No Insurance Is Hard, Families Say. No Phone? Unthinkable.” Healy even found a racial angle, even though President Barack Obama has used the same cell phone talking point in the past. Needless to say, the president wasn’t accused of anti-black racism.
This past Tuesday, three prominent left-wing writers examined Paul Ryan’s health-care bill; what they see as the typical Republican attitude toward health insurance; and the modern GOP as a whole. Unsurprisingly, they found all three wanting. For example, Talking Points Memo editor and publisher Josh Marshall contended that on occasions like this that call for wonkery, Republicans are ill-equipped to deliver it, inasmuch as they’ve “spent years since 2008 (actually before but especially since 2008) stoking their base with increasingly fantastical and ridiculous claims.”
Separatist and secessionist talk has burgeoned in 21st-century America. The day after the 2004 presidential election, sulky liberals began circulating a map that represented pro-Kerry regions of the country as part of the “United States of Canada” and pro-Bush regions as “Jesusland.” Grouchy conservatives weren’t sure they belonged in a nation that elected and re-elected Barack Obama. Now comes left-leaning novelist and journalist Kevin Baker to argue, given Republican control of the White House and Congress, that “it’s time for blue states and cities to effectively abandon the American national enterprise, as it is currently constituted.”