I’ve said a few times, “This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard,” and at the time I meant it. And while I don’t like to use cliché phrases over and over, I can’t help it if Republicans seem determined to top the last ridiculous comment with something even more absurd.
This most recent one by Speaker of the House John Boehner might just take the cake. While comments from Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz are often just idiotic, what Boehner said to a group of reporters is absolutely delusional.
“When you look at the number of bills passed by the House and the paltry number of bills passed by the Senate you can see where the problem is. Both the House and Senate have to do their job. The House continues to do its job. The Senate needs to get serious about doing theirs.”
No, this isn’t April Fools’ Day — he was dead serious.
John Boehner is blaming the Senate for the ineffectiveness of Congress? Are you kidding me? This is the same House that’s held over 40 pointless votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The same House that refuses to take up immigration reform that the Senate passed months ago. The same House that refused to allow a vote on a clean version of the Senate’s continuing resolution which lead to our government being shut down for 16 days.
This is a statement so laughable that I literally chuckled with disgust when I read it.
Granted, the Senate has its own issues, but they’re nothing compared to what goes on in the circus that is our House of Representatives.
He then went on to ramble about the Affordable Care Act, spouting off more nonsense that wasn’t even remotely accurate:
“Obamacare is a government-centered health care delivery system. That’s not what the American people want. The American people want to be able to pick their own type of health insurance. They want to be able to pick their own doctors. They want to be able to pick their own hospital. That is what a patient-centered health care system looks like.”
Lies, lies and more lies.
Let me just break down that entire statement bit by bit.
1) “Obamacare is a government-centered health care delivery system.”
No, it’s not. It’s insurance reform. It establishes more comprehensive (aka better) requirements that health insurance plans must offer. The majority of Americans are still buying health insurance from the private sector just like they did before.
2) “The American people want to be able to pick their own type of health insurance.”
Not completely. With this argument, I always go back to the mandate we have in this country (in every state aside from New Hampshire) to purchase auto insurance to drive. If Americans weren’t required to purchase insurance, tens of millions wouldn’t. If tens of millions didn’t, the auto insurance rates for those who did would be ridiculously expensive. So, yes, some Americans want to buy “health insurance” which only really provides the illusion of insurance. But once the worst happens, and tens of thousands of dollars of medical bills come rolling in, they’ll wish they had purchased more comprehensive health insurance.
3) “They want to be able to pick their own doctors.”
Before “Obamacare,” Americans weren’t entirely able to pick their own doctors. Depending on which kind of health insurance plan they had, PPO or HMO, they were restricted to what doctors they could visit — often times being forced to switch doctors because their health insurance stopped carrying that particular doctor. This notion that “Obamacare” is the catalyst for some Americans being forced to switch doctors is a blatant lie. This is something that has gone on for a while now, but Republicans are trying to make it seem like it’s a new issue caused by the Affordable Care Act.
4) “They want to be able to pick their own hospitals.”
5) “That’s what a patient-centered health care system looks like.”
Nobody in this country knows what a patient-centered health care system looks like because we’ve never had it. What we’ve had is a for-profit health care system where people are seen as figures and health care is seen as a revenue source. That’s not “patient-centered,” that’s profit-centered. If health care was actually patient-centered, almost 50 million Americans wouldn’t have been without health insurance and millions more discriminated against because they were born with a pre-existing condition.
Then when he was asked if Republicans might actually present a health care plan of their own in 2014, the only answer he could provide was, “We’ll see.” Meaning, “Let me see what the poll numbers say and I’ll get back to you.”
I’ve never had much respect for John Boehner — personally, I think he’s spineless and epitomizes everything that’s wrong in Washington — but these pathetic comments are such a joke that I just can’t imagine how anyone could ever take him seriously.