So, it seems that Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) has a way out of our budget problems with the sequester: cut Affordable Health Care. Apparently, that’s the way to deal with a $1.2 trillion deficit. Get rid of health care. Raising taxes that had been cut, that doesn’t occur to him. If you want to look at ways to find $1.2 trillion in savings over the next decade,” he told Fox News today, “let's look at Obamacare. Let's don't destroy the military and just cut blindly across the board."
This has nothing to do with the sequester, of course. The Senate passed "cutting blindly across the board" by a huge margin with bipartisan support, 74-26. The Republican-controlled House passed it 269-161. As much as the mature, adult Sen. Graham wants to whine that it was the president “who came up with the idea” (which is the ol’ “The president made me do it” defense), adding like a six-year-old, “The president promised this wouldn’t happen,” the House and Senate not only voted for it, but Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) said, “I got 98 percent of what I wanted” in the deal.
No, this is solely about the Affordable Health Care Act, which Lindsay Graham doesn’t like. That he doesn’t think you should have. Doesn’t think you need it. Because…well, health care in America is just swell.
Contrary to what tries to suggest, putting the burden not on people, but on businesses because "companies can't afford to offer Obamacare," there were actually 48 million uninsured Americans before the Affordable Health Care Act was passed. In an amusing side note, though, in Mr. Graham's very own state of South Carolina, a remarkable 20% of residents there have no health insurance, which is the fourth highest in the nation.
Once again, allowing Lindsay Graham to fall in the popular far-right GOP pocket of, "I got mine, screw you."
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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