WASHINGTON – The day after President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address, a group of Republican legislators gathered on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program and promised that they would spend all of 2014 hurting as many Americans as possible because of their anger over the Affordable Care Act.
“Some people think we’ve hurt more than enough Americans with our strong, anti-Obamacare stance and that we should quit picking on the people of this country,” said Texas Congressman Louis Gohmert. “But last I looked, Obamacare is still a law. So more Americans must be hurt. And hurt badly.”
Minnesota Congressman woman Michele Bachmann pointed out that one way they could keep hurting Americans is by continuing to push for repeal of the law. “I just want to give the American people hope that there are members of Congress that aren’t going to give up,” she said. “We’re going to stay on the repeal train because that’s hurting Americans.”
Iowa Congressman Steve King agreed that there was little Americans could do to stop the Republican Party from hurting them, short of revolution. “It’s gonna be stopped when the American people rise up,” said Congressman King. “But since we all know how wimpy Americans can be, we also know we’ll be hurting the people of this great nation for a long time to come.”
Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold then listed a number of new ways the GOP was planning on hurting Americans in the upcoming year. “We’ve managed to cut money from food stamps, which is forcing Americans to go hungry. That’s a good start, but there are still a lot of Americans eating. We can do something about that,” he said.
“Also, we need to hold the line against any raise in the minimum wage—that’ll hurt a lot of people,” Farenthold continued. “And if it comes to it, we can arm interns with large wooden clubs and have them travel around our districts and hit people. We have a lot of options.”
“We don’t want Americans to get the wrong idea,” said Bachmann. “We don’t like hurting you. But no matter what we do, or how loud we scream, nobody will get rid of Obamacare. That makes us angry. And so we’re taking our anger out on you.”
Yes, this is satire, but it is very close to reality, since Republicans seem to have an irrational “hatred” of Obamacare. The reality is that GOP Congresspeople continue to attack Obamacare, not knowing what it is like to deal with a status quo they try to defend as worth saving. It is not. It is as if they live on another Planet.
The reality is that Congressmen and Congresswomen such as Michelle Bachmann will never face a situation such as I faced in February 2008:
(A) Take a job paying $20 an hour (700 per week or $36,400 per year) with no health insurance and loose Medicaid coverage or
(B) Keep Medicaid but do not take the job since my income will be too “high” to qualify for Medicaid.
In NY State, in 2008, $36,400 per year barely covered rent, gas and electric. There was no room in that budget to go out and buy Health Insurance.
Yes, in 2008, in New York State, if a single person made over $851 per month or $10,212 per year, that person was considered too “rich” to be on Medicaid. I verified with Medicaid that, in 2013, the “Maximum” income a single person can earn (and keep Medicaid) actually was *reduced* to $750 per month or $9,000 per year. You think it would have increased due to inflation!
Meanwhile, really rich people get farm subsidies for not growing crops! (No means testing required there!)
In December 2013, I was researching Medicaid vs. Obamacare. I went with Medicaid, since I had a toothache and needed it pulled Dec 5th and Obamacare did not start until Jan. 1st! Someone at Healthfirst told me that, as of Jan 1st 2014 in NY State, a single person can now earn up to about $1316 per month (or a whopping $15,800 per year) and STILL keep their Medicaid!
Well, $15,800 is STILL pretty low, but it’s better than $9,000!
The hope of Obamacare is that, once the website “glitches” are fixed, a single person can earn up to $45,000 per year without loosing Obamacare for being too “rich”! Republicans talk of death panels, but the reality is that 45,000 Americans die per year due to lack of health insurance.
This satire reflects the reality that Republicans, in trying to repeal Obamacare, will relegate many of their fellow Americans to try to live in a system that cuts them off even when their income is abysmally low.
Please do not tell the above to someone who gets all his news from Faux News or the person’s head will explode!
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