By Roy Steele
It started immediately after the Supreme Court handed their decision down. The lynch mob was ready, as they had gathered outside of the Supreme Court as instructed.
The teabaggers had sent out a clarion call for their devotees to gather just after dawn. Their instructions were clear --- celebrate and gloat and dance if the Affordable Healthcare Act was overturned. Scream, yell, bully and taunt if the law was upheld.
The chairwoman of the Congressional teabagger caucus was in the audience when the decision was announced. Within minutes of exiting the Supreme Court building, microphones were shoved in her face, and on cue she started lying and using scare tactics to sway the public to her side.
The presumptive Republican nominee for President had a hastily called press conference. Remember that this is the same man who crafted a bill call Romneycare, that Obamacare is based on. He opened his mouth and the lying began in earnest. I guess he thinks he can lie his way into the hearts of honest Americans.
Two of the biggest Republican liars and their lies
LIE # 1 - Willard Mitt Romney said he will repeal the “bad law” that is “killing jobs and ”hurting our economy.” By the way - the man’s name is Willard.
Romney is a liar. Why no one asks the man -- "what’s so bad about your signature law Governor," is beyond me. The press allows him to squirm out of talking about “Romneycare.”
The Daily Beast writes:
The presumptive Republican nominee was quick to promise a repeal of the health care act if elected president, but he proposed no alternative—throwing out only the usual Medi-scare, deficit-bomb, and ‘government takeover’ bromides.
Mitt Romney strode out to respond to the Supreme Court ruling behind a podium that read “Repeal and Replace.” His response focused on the first verb and ignored the second.
Right off the top, Romney delivered one of the tightest lines of his campaign: “What the court did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day if elected president of the United States. And that is I will act to repeal Obamacare.”
It went downhill from there. Careful to repeat the word “Obamacare” some 18 times throughout his brief remarks, Romney was careless with the facts in his rebuttal.
Maybe it is the inherent awkwardness of the fact that Romney’s major governmental accomplishment is an individual mandate-driven health care plan, but his response was fear- rather than fact-based. This is consistent with the “attack and distract” strategy he has deployed when it comes to policy during his general election campaign.Remember that the law goes into effect gradually over the next 7 years, and only minor provisions are in effect now, so how can the law that isn’t in effect yet kill jobs? Romney never mentions that Obamacare is based on Romneycare, his only significant accomplishment in his one term as governor of Massachusetts.
Obamacare = Romneycare. Why don’t you talk about that Willard?
LIE # 2. Congresswoman Michele ‘Bozo’ Bachmann told Wolf Blitzer that the Supreme Court decision was clearly wrong, and that Congress overstepped its bounds by passing the “Obamacare” law, and that it’s unconstitutional.
Adele Hampton at The Hill.com wrote:
The Tea Party leader predicted that not only will the nation be swept into an economic "black hole" because of the law, but also argued the Affordable Care Act was still unconstitutional in her eyes.
Bachmann is a liar. We have a system of checks and balances in government for a reason. One of the Supreme Court’s jobs is to review laws passed in Congress, to see if it complies with the powers delegated to Congress in our Constitution.
"This is clearly unconstitutional," she said. "There is no basis in the Constitution for the government to have this level of history-making expansion of power. Because what this means, for the first time in the history of the country, Congress can force Americans to purchase any product, any service that Congress wants them to, which determines the price and we are forced to, which is a denial of liberty.
"We will never be the same."
The Supreme Court did their job and ruled that the law is Constitutional. She went to law school, and she knows better. There is no expansion of power. The majority of Americans have health insurance, and they will be largely unaffected by any of this. Congress cannot force Americans to buy any product, and Bachmann is trying to scare people.
Bachmann released a press release that says ““Every American should have the opportunity to provide health care for themselves and their family and the freedom to choose the plan that’s best for them.”
On March 28th Bachmann said “we need to improve health care through free market solutions and by letting people spend their own tax-free dollars on health care."
“Provide healthcare for themselves” and “free market solutions” are code words that means no health insurance for many Americans, and reiterates that the GOP has no plan to help the uninsured if they repeal “Obamacare.”
This same member of Congress who talks about choice in insurance matters thinks that the government should regulate women’s bodies, and their reproductive organs, and that women shouldn’t have a choice in the matter.
Ironic? No. Stupid heartless and pathetic? Yes.
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