I usually do my best to limit the “news” on which I give my opinion to stories I feel are “newsworthy.” By that I mean I try to choose topics that I truly feel are important, I feel I have a valid opinion on, and I think people should know about.
That being said, I’ll be the first one to admit that this isn’t one of those times. During a time where we have so many scandals swirling around an administration that’s turned this country into a laughing stock, I felt we needed (or, heck, maybe just I needed) a story that’s not exactly anything vitally important, but it made me laugh. Besides, who doesn’t like a good story where Kellyanne Conway makes a total fool out of herself?
I know I certainly do.
During an interview with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer on Wednesday, Conway was asked if she felt it was okay to call the GOP’s health care proposal “Trumpcare” much in the same way Republicans referred to the ACA as “Obamacare.”
“It’s the American Health Care Act, and I think it’s aptly named that for this reason,” Conway replied. “It wants to cover, it wants everyone to have access to coverage, and that is something that didn’t happen under Obamacare. I’ll call it Trumpcare if you want to, but I didn’t hear President Trump say to any of us, ‘I want my name on that.’ It’s not about branding according to someone’s name. This is serious business.”
First, while flawed, the Affordable Care Act provided coverage to millions of people who didn’t have it. Over the past several years we’ve seen a massive drop in the rate of uninsured Americans, many of whom are low-income or living in poverty. It didn’t cover “everyone” — but it did provide health insurance to millions of people who didn’t have any before the law.
The GOP plan would almost certainly reduce the number of people with health insurance by removing the mandate, reducing the amount of subsidies people receive to help them pay their premiums, gutting Medicaid, allowing older Americans to be charged much more than they currently are, and is almost certainly going to lead to massive premium increases.
Besides, the argument that “everyone will have access to coverage” is asinine. There’s no point in having “access” to coverage if people can’t afford it. That’s like saying everyone has “access” to a $100,000 sports car. Sure, anyone can technically buy one — but that doesn’t mean they can afford one.
Obviously, the truly idiotic part of her statement came when she said Trump never claimed to want his “name” on it.
I found it hilarious, with a straight face, she said a man who had his name on practically every business he’s ever owned wouldn’t want his name on something he claims is going to be the best health care law this country has ever seen.
Trump Steaks, Trump Airline, Trump Tower, Trump Plaza, Trump Hollywood, Trump Financial, Trump Golf, Trump Chocolate, Trump Home, Trump University, Trump Vodka, Trump Books, Trump Mortgage, and the entire Trump Organization would strongly disagree with Conway’s assertion.
But I feel it’s fairly indisputable that the most absurd part of her comment was her insinuating that Barack Obama was the person who started calling the ACA, “Obamacare.” While he eventually embraced the name, the term “Obamacare” has always been used by Republicans in a derogatory way. Studies have shown simply calling the law “Obamacare” negatively impacts how some Americans view the health care law compared to when it’s called the Affordable Care Act.
So not only is it preposterous for Conway to say Trump wouldn’t want his name on something he claims is going to be a huge “success,” but then for her to act as if Barack Obama was the one who wanted the ACA referred to as “Obamacare” (essentially implying he’s arrogant and wanted to make it about him), its absolutely laughable.
It’s as if she can’t help but make a complete fool out of herself practically every time she speaks.
Watch her comments below via Fox News by way of Raw Story:
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