Over the years I’ve heard plenty of really dumb comments made by Republicans about the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”). From “death panels” to microchips, it’s no wonder the vast majority of conservatives I encounter can’t even name five factual statements about the law.
Whether it’s GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson calling it the worst thing since slavery or conservative pundit Ann Coulter blatantly lying about her sister’s friend dying because of the law, there really doesn’t seem to be a level to which Republicans won’t stoop to push their ridiculous propaganda.
That being said, Jeb Bush made an absolute fool out of himself on Thursday when he tried to use his Apple Watch to levy some kind of absurd attack on the ACA.
“On this device [Apple Watch] in five years will be applications that will allow me to manage my health care in ways that five years ago weren’t even possible,” Bush said.
Okay, that’s probably true. These fit bands like Jawbone or smart watches like the Apple Watch are tools millions of people are using to help monitor their health. I have seen some medical experts question the accuracy of these devices, but that doesn’t discount the fact that, at least on some level, they are helping some Americans improve their fitness and their overall health.
Bush went on to say how these devices can help people monitor their health on an individual level, such as a diabetic keeping tabs on their blood sugar. Again, that’s another solid point. It is possible that devices such as the Apple Watch might completely revolutionize how people monitor certain health conditions.
But then he went off the rails and decided to proudly display his stupidity.
“Obamacare makes that journey [monitoring one’s health] even harder,” he said. “It’s so complex and so big.”
First, the ACA is about trying to give every American health insurance. What good does it do for someone to have a device that monitors their blood sugar (or some other health condition) if they don’t have the health insurance so they can get the treatment they need?
Besides, these devices have nothing to do with health insurance.
It does someone absolutely no good to simplify how they are able to personally monitor their own health if they’re unable to afford the care they need because they don’t have health insurance. That’s a harsh reality which South Carolina conservative Luis Lang learned the hard way.
Not only that, but what in the hell does the ACA have to do with someone buying a gadget that might help them monitor their health at home? Apparently, because the ACA exists, that’s somehow going to make someone’s ability to operate an Apple Watch more complicated?
How about this – gadgets that help Americans monitor their health combined with the Affordable Care Act makes the law even more effective. After all, what’s better:
- The ability for someone to monitor their health better via a tech gadget combined with access to health insurance. – or –
- The ability for someone to monitor their health better via a tech gadget without access to health insurance.
This isn’t rocket science, it’s just common sense. But it seems the more Jeb Bush speaks, the more he proves that’s something he just doesn’t have.
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