I know, I know — many of you hate when I write about Sarah Palin. I argue that her being one of the first people that comes to mind when you think of Republicans (more specifically tea party Republicans) is a great thing for liberals. Who better to make the entire Republican party look like complete idiots than Sarah Palin?
Well, in a bizarre interview you really need to see to believe, Matt Lauer asked Sarah Palin what her alternative to “Obamacare” would be. Her answer is pure gold. It took me back to 2008 when Katie Couric asked her which specific newspapers she read and Palin rambled on for quite a while, unable to name a single newspaper.
“The plan is to allow those things that had been proposed over many years to reform a health-care system in America that certainly does need more help so that there’s more competition, there’s less tort reform threat, there’s less trajectory of the cost increases, and those plans have been proposed over and over again.”
Yes, that was really her answer when asked about what alternative her and her fellow Republicans might have to “Obamacare.”
This is a woman who tries to present herself as some kind of an “expert” about the Affordable Care Act, and even in her embarrassing attempt to describe an alternative, she seems unable to cite a single specific part of the healthcare law that she would change.
Oh, but after she babbled on about what her “alternative” would be, she had an answer for what’s preventing those “plans”:
And what thwarts those plans? It’s the far left. It’s President Obama and his supporters who will not allow the Republicans to usher in free market, patient-centered, doctor-patient relationship links to reform health care.”
Interesting. Isn’t what we had before exactly what she just described? A health care system that allowed for discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions, continued rake hikes and a system that wasn’t “patient-centered” but industry-centered. As in, a system built to benefit the profit margins of the health insurance companies and their affiliates.
And didn’t Republicans have a president in the White House for 8 years, and have control of part (if not all) of Congress for most of that time? If they actually had a plan to fix our very flawed health care system, why didn’t they follow through with it then?
Oh, I’m sure they’ll blame that on Democrats too, right? It’s amazing how powerful Republicans make Democrats and President Obama out to be. When Democrats have power, they’re the cause for everything that’s wrong. When they don’t have power, they’re the cause preventing Republicans from doing anything.
The GOP continues to prove themselves to be the party with no ideas but plenty of excuses.
Here’s the full interview with Palin from the Today Show: