On Friday, October 4th on Real Time with Bill Maher, Democratic Representative Alan Grayson from Florida took a cue from Maher and used the opportunity to slam the Teapublican excuse for an argument against the Affordable Care Act. In the span of less than two minutes, the two of them took a few of the positions of the Tea Party and tore them down.
The clip starts with Maher talking about the often misinterpreted polls that keep being talked about in the news, something I mentioned here. As Maher points out, when the news outlets discuss the polls they state that more than half of the country is against “Obamacare,” but neglects to state that a portion of that group are progressives who are only against it because they wish Congress and the President had gone further and created a full single-payer universal healthcare system.
Ultimately when you take out that “16%” he brings up the number of people against the law drops to barely more than a third of the country; then if you add in the fact that upwards of 10% of people don’t even know that the ACA and “Obamacare” are the same thing, and have a more favorable opinion of the Affordable Care Act than “Obamacare,” the fact of the matter is that of the entire country, it really is only about a quarter of the population that is actually against the ACA for the reasons that the Tea Party is against it. The problem is that Republicans continue to be delusional and think that the course of action they’re taking in shutting down the government is supported by a majority of the country. If it weren’t for their near religious anti-government stance, there would probably be no resistance to the law.
Representative Grayson then picks up the argument, pointing out the “conflict of interest” inherent in the current system whereby it is in the insurance company’s best interest to not pay out. Although he acknowledges that the ACA does not fundamentally change the system, Grayson then goes on to list off a few of the benefits that were created because of the law. Those being the 4 million young Americans able to ride on their parents’ policies until they turn 26, the closure of holes in Medicare that once forced seniors to choose between medications and other life essentials, the 35 million Americans who have “pre-existing conditions” that are no longer being denied relatively affordable care, and finally the fact that insurance companies can no longer pull the plug on someone purely for financial reasons.
He ends by saying, “Those are all good things, and those are all things the Tea Party is desperate to eliminate.” Although to many on the Left it is unfathomable as to why the Teapublicans would be against it at all, the fact still remains that as of 7:30 PM on October 7th, they are still holding the United States Government hostage.
Watch the clip, courtesy of Crooks and Liars: