While hyperbole isn’t an uncommon tool used in writing (you’d be hard pressed to find many opinionated articles without it), most of the time it’s mainly used for entertainment or to add emphasis. I say that, because when I state that I just read the dumbest comment concerning the Affordable Care Act that I’ve seen or heard, I’m being completely serious.
I’ve seen a lot of ordinary folks say all sorts of ridiculous things about “Obamacare,” but this statement came from a United States senator – which is absolutely terrifying.
As many of you might already know, the Supreme Court is about to rule on King v. Burrell, which is a case concerning the subsidies that make up a huge part of the ACA. Without these subsidies, millions of Americans will see their premiums skyrocket and most of those individuals will no longer be able to afford their health insurance.
Naturally, if the Supreme Court rules against the ACA in this case, it could be absolutely disastrous for millions of Americans. It’s such a catastrophic issue that there’s even talk that Republicans will try to pass an extension on the subsidies until 2016 because they know that if people suddenly lose them, they’re the party most Americans are going to blame.
The truth is, the whole challenge to the subsidies is about the language of the law – which Congress could easily, and permanently fix. But that’s not what Republicans want to do. Deep down they hope the Supreme Court rules against the ACA in this case because without the subsidies, the law stands no chance at surviving.
But make no mistake about it, this is 100 percent the fault of conservatives and their continued efforts to do just about anything they can to sabotage this law.
Well, Sen. John Thune (R-SD) apparently felt like he would weigh in on the whole situation with this mind-boggling tweet:
Six million people risk losing their health care subsidies, yet @POTUS continues to deny that Obamacare is bad for the American people.
— Senator John Thune (@SenJohnThune) June 8, 2015
Yes, that’s a U.S. senator saying that because conservatives are trying to sabotage the ACA (even though he also admits that millions of people are benefitting from the law via the subsidies) that if they get their way in court and get these subsidies removed – that’s the fault of President Obama and the law itself.
That’s one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard or seen anyone say. He’s literally trying to claim that the law is “bad for Americans” because the benefits it’s been giving to millions of Americans are at risk of being removed – because of the continued efforts by conservatives to sabotage the law.
Not only did Thune say one of the most absurd things I’ve ever heard concerning the law, but he basically admitted that not only is the ACA helping millions of Americans afford insurance – but that because conservatives want to sabotage the law, these Americans might end up losing their health insurance.
As they say, the stupid… it burns.
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