The passage of “Obamacare” highlights republican disconnect with reality.

30 Jun

Last week Obama’s healthcare reform legislation was upheld by the Supreme Court. CNN and Fox, showed just how little facts matter to them in their rush to be first to break the story by neglecting to read the whole document before declaring the legislation dead. Meanwhile, republicans showed just how little facts matter to them by promptly exploding upon hearing that the legislation passed.

Some republicans hilariously threatened to move to Canada as a result of this ruling. Little do they know, Canada has universal healthcare much stronger than anything passed in Obama’s legislation.

Romney promptly came out and denounced the legislation, vowing to repeal it on his first day in office.

Which is hilarious because in 2006 it was his idea:

In fact, the whole notion of an individual mandate, the government forcing you to buy something against your will, was originally the brain-child of the ultra-conservative Heritage Foundation.

You see, the anti-free market notion of being forced to buy health insurance was developed by conservatives. Obama’s legislation was crafted by the health insurance industry. It spoon feeds them 30 million new customers who are required by law to buy from them.  Back in 2009, when all this was starting, 77% of the country supported having a public (government) option to generate competition and help keep prices down. Competition would have been bad for health insurance industry profits, so they made sure to take that option off the table. Instead we got this watered down legislation. Yes, it’s better than nothing at all, assuming it lives to take full effect, but what we needed was real systemic reform and this is not it.

But you see, conservatives are masters of compartmentalization and ignoring cognitive dissonance brought on by hypocrisy. None of the above mentioned facts will have an effect on them. They will continue to scream about the evils of making sure everyone has access to health care, and how this whole thing is liberal big government taking over their lives. This just goes to further highlight what I’ve been saying is the rosetta stone to understanding conservatives:

Objective reality and facts don’t matter. Narrative does.

In other news, republicans ban scientists and city planners from discussing sea level rise.

6 Responses to “The passage of “Obamacare” highlights republican disconnect with reality.”

  1. slrmanJames Smith July 1, 2012 at 5:46 am #

    The real problem is that Obama bowed to the health care industry and accepted “Romneycare” without even looking at better, more successful plans such as in Brazil, Sweden, or any other country in the world with a developed economy and a freely-elected government. There is a nice video about it at: http://slrman.minus.com/mhxPf79Ya/1g

    Obama seems to be the chosen successor to George Bush. What has he done to change anything? The Patriot Act has been extended, there are still two counter-productive wars, the prison at Guantanamo Bay is still operating, and now one of the powers BUsh gathered to himself has been denounced. But what politician even returned any power to the people?

  2. Mister_Higgins July 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    I blame democrats for the way reality is. Republican reality would be so much better than your crazy liberal reality

  3. slrman July 4, 2012 at 5:39 am #

    @Mister_Higgins “Republican reality?” That might be one of the best oxymorons of all time. Why don’t you explain yourself in detail with some verifiable facts? I’d love to hear them, if you have any. Oops, embarrassing moment for you?

  4. Mister_Higgins July 4, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    We obviously live in a liberal reality because things have changed since the Constitution. Oddly enough, things such as wars, social programs, and other liberal agendas have increased the national debt since about the civil war. All this debt (and subsequent suffering) can be traced back to a liberal agenda.

  5. slrman July 4, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    @ MIster Higgens You really don’t bother with facts, do you? Here’s one you can check for yourself. The government has grown more under Republican Administrations than under Democratic ones, excepting things like WW II.

    Please give some facts with citations to prove your assertions.

    Here’s a lesson about social programs. Also, please note that, despite what you want to believe, socialism is not another word for communism. Yes, it’s true that some totalitarian dictatorships have co-opted both of those words to conceal their real agenda, but they are not the same. Now, back to our message about socialism in the USA and abroad.

    The truth is, the most socialist countries in the world right now are places like Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and perhaps Canada. All have democratically-elected governments, a happier population, better-educated citizens, a better standard of living, and better health care than the USA. For that matter, most of what you like about the USA was damned as “socialist” when liberals first proposed it.

    Tell us, which of these are you willing to give up because they’re “socialist”? Free paved roads, free public schools, police and fire protection, free public parks, clean and safe water food, and medicines, regulated workplace safety, mandated overtime pay, social security, medicare, child labor laws, and anything else where everyone contributes to for the benefit of all? An example would be sports stadiums. They are often partially paid for by tax money even though only about 15% of any nearby population will ever enter them even though 100% help pay for them. Socialist!

    Again, which of these will you gladly give up?

  6. j July 13, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    Godless Paladin: “Objective reality and facts don’t matter. Narrative does.”

    Flash forward to these statements:

    “I blame democrats for the way reality is. Republican reality would be so much better than your crazy liberal reality”

    and

    “We obviously live in a liberal reality because things have changed since the Constitution. Oddly enough, things such as wars, social programs, and other liberal agendas have increased the national debt since about the civil war. All this debt (and subsequent suffering) can be traced back to a liberal agenda.”

    You have no idea how well you just proved Paladin’s point you slughead. When Republicans become the next Nazi party in America and propagandized party brownshirts like you try to intimidate someone like me, I’m going to be one to fight back. Your history recounting that you contrive is false, distorted and misleading at best.

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