I always joke how it’s kind of sad that some of the best news I get comes from Comedy Central, but that often seems to be the case. I guess people like Jon Stewart do have a distinct advantage over traditional journalists in that he can often say whatever he wants.
Well, he took to the airwaves to take a direct shot at something myself, and many other Americans, have been saying since Republicans began attacking “Obamacare.”
What the hell is your alternative?
Stewart went directly at this blind Republican hatred of “Obamacare” by pointing out the fact that while Republicans are quick to bash the health care law, they offer absolutely no alternatives. They just sit there whining and complaining about the law, doing everything they can to obstruct it, but if you ask any of them what their alternative is to fix our health care system—I doubt you’ll get any answers.
He also went on to remind people of the asinine comment made by Mitt Romney during last year’s presidential campaign when the former GOP presidential candidate said that we already had health care for poor people — it’s called “the emergency room.”
Stewart’s exact words were:
“If you have a better program, Republicans, let’s fucking hear it! But don’t make your plan, ‘What do we need food stamps for when we already have dine and dash?’”
Very “eloquently” put, if I do say so myself.
But he’s absolutely right. Before the Affordable Care Act, the emergency room was seen by millions as their “health care plan.” Hospitals all across the country budgeted for millions of people they knew they’d provide treatment for, yet never receive any form of payment from. And do you think they simply absorbed these costs? Of course not. Those expenses were then passed on to people who did pay through higher health care premiums and cost of treatments.
So when someone like Romney said that the ER was an option for poor people, he put his ignorance on full display as to just how expensive emergency room visits are and just how much impact millions of people using them as their sole means of health care has on those who end up footing the bill.
And while you might not like the Affordable Care Act, it was clear before it was signed into law that something needed to be done about a health care system that desperately needed some sort of positive makeover.
So here we are with “Obamacare” rolling out to millions and Republicans still bitching and moaning about how horrible the law is. Yet, over 3 1/2 years after it was signed into law by President Obama, Republicans still have no alternative if the law were to actually be repealed.
It’s just more of the same right-wing rhetoric about how terrible the law is, with no plan to replace it.
But then again, isn’t that what the Republican party is all about? No real plans for anything, just a whole lot of rhetoric. I mean honestly, this is what their entire “economic ideology” essentially consists of:
- Cut taxes for the rich
- Cut spending for the poor
That’s basically it. Neither of which are really “plans” as much as they’re really just bumper stickers and campaign slogans. They’re failed theories that make for great talking points—and that’s about it.
And with health care they’re no different. They can talk until they’re blue in the face about the evils of “Obamacare” (most of what they say being blatant lies, by the way), but you’ll find very few Republicans that actually have any sort of plan to replace it.
So while Republicans have done a masterful job at working their supporters into a fearful frenzy of hate, anger and paranoia about “Obamacare,” most conservative voters have forgotten to ask one very simple question: “What’s the Republican plan to replace it?”
Which is a question Republican politicians can’t answer, because the truth is—they don’t have one.