That’s what I thought of when I saw these competing comments as I was cleaning out email from when I was gone.
First, from Lindsey Graham:
Obamacare’s Five-Year Anniversary
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today issued the following statement on Obamacare five years after it was signed into law.
“Obamacare isn’t getting better with age.
“Five years after it became law, we’ve seen millions of Americans lose the health care coverage they were promised they could keep, while many other Americans have had their work hours and incomes reduced because of Obamacare. I’ve opposed Obamacare from Day One and oppose it still today. I believe we should ‘Repeal and Replace’ or allow Americans to ‘Opt-Out’ of Obamacare as I fear the worst is still to come.”
Then, from Jim Clyburn:
CLYBURN STATEMENT ON 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
WASHINGTON – U.S. House Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn delivered the following statement today on the Capitol steps about the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act:
“Speaking at an international health care conference in 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” I profoundly agree with that view. Affordable access to quality health care should not depend on the circumstances of one’s birth.
“More than five years ago, during House debate on the Affordable Care Act, I labeled it “the Civil Rights Act of the 21st Century,” and I am pleased and very proud that the law is living up to that moniker.
“Under the ACA, insurance companies can no longer discriminate against the 129 million Americans who have pre-existing conditions. 105 million Americans no longer have a lifetime limit on their health coverage. No longer can women be penalized by insurance companies simply for being women. Thanks to the ACA, 16 million Americans who were previously uninsured finally have the security of health insurance for their families.
“Despite repeated Republican claims that the ACA would kill jobs, our economy is creating jobs at the fastest rate since the 1990s. So, as we gather to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, I’ve got a message to our Republican friends: The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. Let’s work together to make it better.”’
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Kinda hard to believe they’re looking at the same animal, isn’t it?
Oh, and I see Lindsey got praise from Jennifer Rubin while I was traveling:
Really now, it’s not all that hard for a conservative, especially a foreign policy hawk like Sen. Graham, to get a pol of the week award from the WPost’s resident right-wing commentator.
The interesting thing about Rubin is that she does go for the traditional, hawkish sort of conservative. She doesn’t have the time of day for the Rand Pauls of the world, from what I’ve seen.
I like that about her. Give me that old-time conservatism (or that old-time, Wilsonian or New Deal liberalism, for that matter) any time. It’s the newfangled versions I don’t hold with…
Clyburn easily wins this debate. He uses actual facts whereas Graham merely regurgitates long discredited conservative bromides. It’s true that there are winners and losers from the ACA. But the uninsured rate is down and overall costs are rising more slowly than before. It’s no panacea but it has made things a bit better.