Last week, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) had an
when she took to Facebook to gather Obamacare horror stories. Instead of what she was looking for, she got a feed full of praise for the law and plenty of people demanding things like "[i]nstead of trying to repeal it why don't you improve it?" and "I think we should repeal Obamacare, and replace it … with universal socialized medicine—like the rest of the industrialized nations of the world."
McMorris Rodgers, the fourth highest-ranking member of Republican House leadership, has finally responded to that fail by completely dismissing it. She says that none of those hundreds of messages she received count because everybody likes that stuff.
"The stories are largely around pre-existing conditions and those that are getting health insurance up to age 26," she said, adding that there is "broad, bipartisan support for those provisions."
Right. So repealing Obamacare won't repeal those good things? And the nonexistent Republican plan will maintain them? And somehow keep insurance companies on board when they don't have the guarantee of healthy customers? Right.
But McMorris Rodgers wants her constituents to know that while their opinions don't really matter, she's doing ... something.
Three days after the post calling for stories about the healthcare law, she sought to assure her constituents that access to affordable healthcare was a priority.
"While the debate over health care continues, I want you to know one thing: your access to quality and affordable health care matters to me," she wrote. "So I will continue to advance solutions that improve the quality of your care—no matter where you live, how much money you make, or what challenges you face. Your health care is not political—it is personal. And I will continue to fight to make it better."
Ah, good to know. Our health care isn't political. So those 57 repeal votes and her own call on Facebook for people to tell their (nonexistent) horror stories about the law aren't political. The Republicans' five-year obsessive fight to kill a law that does nothing but try to make health insurance more accessible and affordable isn't political. It's all about you.
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