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Hyperbolic overdrive


Brandon Wertz July 18th, 2012

The conservative response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare featured in Chicken-Fried News’ “Harumph, harumph, harumph” (June 28, okgazette.com) is a string of some of the most rhetorical and hyperbolic comments I’ve ever read.

Gov. Mary Fallin said, “Today’s decision highlights the importance of electing leaders who will work to repeal the federal health care law and replace it with meaningful reform focused on commonsense, market-based changes.”

So what exactly is a “market-based” change? It’s as though Mary strung a bunch of big words together without any intention of explaining what it meant. Remember when your schoolteachers demanded that you “show your work?” This feels like one of those “show your work” situations.

Sen. Jim Inhofe said, “Obamacare costs too much in the form of lost rights, lost jobs, higher taxes and increased debt.”

I assume the senator is referring to the right of the citizen to walk into an ER completely broke and let the private hospital eat the cost of the patient’s treatment. “Lost jobs” must be referring to the thousands of doctors, nurses and ancillary staffs in hospitals and insurance companies who will be required after tens of millions become insured. Higher taxes? Probably, but I wonder if the minimum standard of health care created by Obamacare is on par with the Cadillac policy Inhofe enjoys.

If you don’t think Obamacare isn’t good for our people, perhaps we can get the “Sen. Inhofe special” — I’m guessing that will be much more expensive. As for the increased debt, his party has enough power now to enforce the debt ceiling. The fact that they keep playing a losing game of chicken with the president tells me they really don’t care about the debt.

Rep. Tom Cole said, “Regardless of its constitutionality, most Americans agree that Obamacare should be repealed.”

This seems to be a stretch. Just over 129 million people voted in the 2008 presidential election. Obama had discussed affordable health care prior, and more than 69 million people still voted for him. Even if some are put off by this legislation, odds are that the more than 40-plus million people who will benefit from it are in favor. That would be close to one-third of everyone who voted.

John Hart, spokesman for U.S. Sen.

Tom Coburn (who was apparently too busy to comment) said, “The court affirmed Congress’ power to tax people if they don’t eat their broccoli.”

I’m pretty sure that’s not what the court said, but I’ll be sure to let Mr. Hart know if I get taxed for not eating broccoli. In the meantime, he might want to act like he’s gonna get taxed for not eating poultry; he’ll be eating crow soon enough.

—Brandon Wertz, Oklahoma City


 
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