Do you remember going to the Chinese restaurant, with a bunch of friends, and at the end of the meal, when the check and the fortune cookies came, one of your friends would say, “Let’s play a game!” And the game was that when you read your fortune, you had to add “in bed” to the end. Sexual innuendo and hilarity ensued. “You will live a long life…in bed”; “A Wise Man keeps tight lips…in bed”; and so on.
Republicans reacted swiftly to yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act. They decried the loss of liberty and individual freedom, the damage the Act would do to business, and how this would hurt taxpayers. Somehow, lost in all their handwringing is the fact the ACA will help their fellow man. None of them acknowledged the damage they intend to do to the poor, the middle income, the uninsured, folks with pre-existing conditions, elderly, or college students; none of them recognized, in the name of idealism, that they intend to shaft honest-to-God people.
In the spirit of the fortune cookie game, let’s add back the “Great Unsaid” to the end of some Republican quotes from yesterday:
- “What the court did not do on the last day of its session I will do on my first day as president… to insure that lower income people can never afford good health care” – Mitt Romney
- “Today’s ruling underscores the urgency of repealing this harmful law in its entirety… so that the uninsured will remain uninsured” – House Speaker John Boehner
- “Obama lied to the American People. Again. Obama lies, freedom dies… just like people with pre-existing conditions who can’t get healthcare” – Sarah Palin
- “I am fairly stunned by this outcome and can’t help but feel that the soul of our nation has just been lost… now that we have to treat college students, poor women, and low income employees with compassion.” Conservative commentator Ross Kaminsky
- “I feel like I just lost two great friends: America and Justice Roberts… because they are making me take care of uninsured sick people” – Rep Jack Kingston, R-GA
- “Our freedom and choice just met its death panel: the Supreme Court… which ruled in favor of the elderly, the uninsured, and the poor.” – Rush Limbaugh
- “[…] this is a sad day… for those of us who don’t want to care for our fellow man” – Michele Bachmann
- “The only way to stop the overreaching by the federal government, including the president’s flawed health care bill, is to elect a new president and a Congress that will repeal and replace this fundamentally flawed law… that dares to care for lower income people by giving them affordable health care” – Sen John Cornyn, R-TX
- “The real outcome of today’s decision is to strengthen our resolve and to make sure that this law is in fact repealed… so that we can deny affordable health care coverage to struggling college students and the indigent.” – House Speaker John Boehner
- “And that’s why when we return the week of July 9th, I’ve scheduled a vote for total repeal of the Obamacare bill… cause I’ll be damned if my money will go to help folks with a pre-existing condition!” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
(sources: msnbc, daily dish by andrew sullivan, npr)