Thune agrees, Obamacare is killing people (H/T – Helga)

I’m amazed that our local media never picks up on this stuff;

Unimpressed by the timeline, Hewitt pressed Republicans to move faster. He compared the urgency of repeal to Congressional action in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and argued that people are already “dying” from the law. Thune seemed to agree with the sentiment:

HEWITT: Yeah, the reason I balk a little bit is only because I know people are out there dying under the burdens of this thing.

THUNE: Yeah.

HEWITT: And they expect, you know, the light speed for Congress is like molasses for the rest of the real world.

THUNE: Yeah.

HEWITT: And so it just seems to me that after 9/11, you guys moved fast, and I would hope it would happen again.

Like I have said in the past, I don’t agree with everything in the healthcare bill, but it certainly isn’t ‘killing’ people. That is the Republican’s plan. Ironic Johnny is famous for calling the kettle black.

As Helga pointed out to me;

Apparently people are dying right and left because of “Obamacare.”  Even though it hasn’t gone into effect yet, only portions have gone into effect, Thune says “yeah” people are dying. It appears, surprise, surprise, he doesn’t give a shit about the people of South Dakota, the people who need healthcare the most. But why should he care, he has his healthcare.”

I have often said that is the motto of rich powerful Republicans, ‘F’ck U! I got mine!’



#1 anominous on 07.05.12 at 11:20 pm

Jeez, what an asshole.

#2 l3wis on 07.05.12 at 11:22 pm

Don’t be so nice . . .

#3 Testor15 on 07.06.12 at 8:23 am


#4 Craig on 07.06.12 at 8:29 am

I just have to wonder… what is it specifically that so many people hate about the Affordable Care Act? All I see are complaints but rarely do they provide specifics – and I simply cannot believe all the hatred stems from the “tax” that is slapped on those who decide to not purchase health insurance.

Frankly I believe the hatred for the ACA stems from one thing – it was passed by a Democrat and the Republicans cannot afford to allow Obama to have a “win” because once people realize the bill is a good thing and that it not only results in better care for more people, but that (according to the CBO) it lowers the deficit they will be left looking like fools.

The Tea Party crowd claims to not like the ACA but they never give specifics either. I find the hypocrisy fairly thick since these are the same people who carry signs saying “keep your hands off my Medicare”. Are people really that uninformed?

#5 Scott on 07.06.12 at 9:24 am

I haven’t heard any hospitals come out against this. Perhaps Thune’s wife who “works” at Sanford should educate him.

#6 Jackilope on 07.06.12 at 10:42 am

The biggest distortion I am encountering is someone positive that the Affordable Care Act is going to launch hordes of jackbooted and armed IRS agents forcing us to pay for healthcare. There are fringe groups like IRS Watchdog painting this picture. The fight continues…..

#7 Guest Poster on 07.06.12 at 10:47 am

In studies published in just the past couple of days show the American people want the benefits without crediting where credit is due. Sure ACA is a weak program leaving the insurance companies still gouging us but it is a first step. The Democratic party has been actively pushing for this since Hubert Humphrey and Harry Truman put it in the Demo platform in 1948.

#8 Pathloss on 07.06.12 at 11:42 am

CNBC reported that healthcare costs are more in line since Obama was elected. Because the feds are involved, an aspirin at a hospital is now less than $10. To get insurance companies on board they need more clients. To get them, the population had to be threatened. They could have lowered rates and done it on their own. Full Obamacare may never happen. Mandatory health insurance is impossible to enforce. What will happen is medicare for low income.

#9 Pathloss on 07.06.12 at 11:49 am

When did the problem start. When hospitals were privatized. Insurance companies own hospitals, limit benefits, invest in markets, and restrict who gets insurance (aka healthcare). They own it all. Doctors serve on boards at hospitals and insurance companies. Breaking up this monopoly is when there will be a solution for healthcare.

#10 Concerned Liberal on 07.06.12 at 11:44 pm

The Republican Party position on health care is “to not get sick, but if you do, die quickly.”