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© Kevin Kallaugher

On Tuesday, a man named Charles C.W. Cooke tweeted “I’ve yet to read a single positive analysis of the House’s Obamacare bill.”

A woman responded by chastising him for being so liberal, tweeting “Try going 2 a conservative source? Open up your reading habits 2 include those w/ whom u would naturally dismiss”

The man responded “I’m the editor of National Review Online.” Which he is.

Other tweets wonder if she even knows what the National Review is, or that William F. Buckley Jr. founded it, or even who he is.

And that is what we have sunk to — people assuming that anyone who disagrees with them is woefully misinformed. Or, in this case, assuming that anyone who says anything negative about something done by Trump or the Republicans is an ignorant liberal.



  1. btn wrote:

    You can split the “Repeal/replace Obamacare group” into a few crowds:

    1) People that think you can insure those with pre-existing conditions without any subsidies paid by others (taxpayers, the wealthy, the healthy, Drug Companies, etc.). These people are idiots, but generally can’t make it to the House and certainly not to the Senate. They *can* become President…

    2) People that don’t really care about those with pre-existing conditions or the poor. These people are @ssholes. They make up the majority of Republican Congressmen (and some Democrats)

    3) People that actually want to fix healthcare. A very rare breed indeed.

    There are enough 1s and 2s in Congress to work something out and destroy Obamacare.

    However, the bill will not pass. The Democrats are relying too much on the CBO. They keep saying, “Don’t you want to know what it costs before you vote?” It will undoubtedly cost less, becuse it actually shifts a significant amount of the costs to the states, a fact that the Republican governors understand and aren’t happy about. So the CBO is not really relevant.

    However, several 2s understand one of the primary rules of politics: it is much easir to block a benefit beforehand than to take away a benefit already received by a voter. The voters will kick them out of office when their insurance actually goes up and especially when people (including attractive, female, white people) start dieing as a *direct* result of losing their insurance. That is why this bill will not pass. It may pass the House, who have the benefit of voting first and understanding that the Senate will bail them out (the same way Obama’s veto bailed them out in the past). The Senators know that Donald will sign the bill, regardless of it’s contents.

    Friday, March 10, 2017 at 5:01 am | Permalink
  2. ebdoug wrote:

    I suspect that “Donald” never read the bill or had it read to him. He has no interest in “we the people” except himself. It is all a winning game to him.

    Friday, March 10, 2017 at 6:11 am | Permalink
  3. Jonah wrote:

    I think on the conservative side the reason none of them support it is because its not conservative enough!! Pretty similar to liberals not supporting obamacare because it didnt go too far.

    I think the democrats are making a mistake in slowing things down. Don’t vote for it but at the same time don’t delay it. It looks like there are enough republicans against it. This way when the bill is rejected no one can blame the democrats.

    Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7:55 am | Permalink
  4. Wildwood wrote:

    Jonah I don’t trust those naysayer Repubs to stick to their guns. All they are doing is jockeying for some crumbs. And if the Dems don’t appear to be fighting it, there will be a price to pay from the voters. Trumpcare. Has a nice ring doesn’t it?

    Friday, March 10, 2017 at 8:19 am | Permalink
  5. Jonah wrote:

    Conservatives were pissed about the individual mandate. Will they be ok giving their genetic info to their employers?

    Friday, March 10, 2017 at 8:56 am | Permalink
  6. Iron Knee wrote:

    I think that the noise against the individual mandate was just that, noise. Just something that they could use as propaganda to convince their base that Obamacare was socialism.

    Friday, March 10, 2017 at 11:16 am | Permalink
  7. Jonah wrote:

    Yes its true. The country is very divided

    Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 3:55 am | Permalink
  8. ThatGuy wrote:

    I for one think the bill will pass. Republicans are cowards, and they will fall in line.

    Fortunately we can rest assured that the GOP’s take on insurance will be revolutionary, and change the way insurance works… Well, that or they don’t actually understand how insurance works.

    “The idea of Obamacare is … that the people who are healthy pay for the people who are sick… It’s not working, and that’s why it’s in a death spiral.”

    Paul Ryan, everyone. The serious, wonkish Republican.

    Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10:51 am | Permalink
  9. Ralph wrote:

    This is great news! Can I drop my car and home insurance now too? I’ve never had a car accident at fault or a house burn down. I like people who don’t have accidents, burn down houses and get sick, ok? MAGA!(*)

    (* Make Assholes Go Away!)

    Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 1:53 pm | Permalink