McCain Slams Anti-Obamacare Populist Claims

The constant refrain from the most extreme Republicans in Congress who are willing to shut down the government in order to defund Obamacare, something they simply don’t have the votes to do, is that they are standing up for the will of the people. John McCain shattered that absurd claim on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday:

McCAIN: I’d remind my colleagues that, in the 2012 election, Obamacare, as it’s called — and I’ll be more polite, the ACA — was a subject that was a major issue in the campaign. I campaigned all over America for two months, everywhere I could. And in every single campaign rally I said “we had to repeal and replace Obamacare.” Well, the people spoke. They spoke, much to my dismay, but they spoke and they re-elected the President of the United States. No that doesn’t mean that we give up our efforts to try to replace and repair Obamacare. But it does mean elections have consequences and those elections were clear, in a significant majority, that the majority of the American people supported the President of the US and renewed his stewardship of this country. I don’t like it, it’s not something that I wanted the outcome to be. But I think all of us should respect the outcome of elections, which reflects the will of the people.

He also slammed Ted Cruz for comparing the fight against Obamacare to the fight against the Nazis, saying, “I do not agree with that comparison. I think it’s wrong. And I think it’s a disservice to those who stood up and shouted at the top of their lungs that we cannot appease, and we must act, and we did act.” Not to mention to those who actually did fight the Nazis.

17 comments on this post.
  1. D. C. Sessions:

    Is it possible that McCain has had a small stroke?

  2. Michael Heath:

    John McCain states:

    And in every single campaign rally I said “we had to repeal and replace Obamacare.”

    This is an outrageous lie. The GOP has no alternative plan to Obamacare.

    What this talking point does implies is that contra to another false talking point of the GOP, the GOP recognizes that people do want their legislators to modify public policy in order to better optimize healthcare access and financing. False because the GOP simultaneously argues there’s nothing wrong with our healthcare system that requires government intervention, except of course preventing people access to the courts and justice when they’ve been negligently mistreated by the healthcare industry, coupled to their efforts to limi the power of juries to dispense justice.

    Republicans like to claim an alternative plan, but this reference to something which doesn’t exist merely illustrates how defective our media is. The non-existence of the GOP’s replacement plan is should always be a follow-up question when Republicans continually assert they want to replace Obamacare. Instead we get encounter the David Gregory / NBC news template, which is to merely provide a soapbox for Republicans to lie and to never immediately challenge their lying guests or immediately inform their audience when a Republican is lying.

  3. John Pieret:

    I wonder what America would be like today if McCain had (as was reportedly offered at the time) agreed to be Kerry’s running mate in 2004 in a fusion ticket. McCain is a loose cannon and ran far too hard to the right in 2008 but more than most Republicans today (at least from the Red States) he can occasionally differentiate between ideology and the best interests of the country.

  4. Modusoperandi:

    Michael Heath “This is an outrageous lie. The GOP has no alternative plan to Obamacare.”
    Wrong. The GOP has a plan. It includes:
    1. an expansion of health savings accounts,
    2. medical liability reform,
    3. the elimination of restrictions on purchasing insurance across state lines
    4. high risk pools (cite)
    So, in short, the GOP’s plan includes 1, which won’t (and, pretty much by definition, can’t) have enough money in it to protect the uninsured, 2, which makes it cheaper to be a bad doctor, 3, which guarantees insurance companies move to the state with the lowest standards, and 4, which they will be underfunded and will also be the first in line to be cut should cuts be necessary (and they will be. Because reasons).
    And also they didn’t have this plan, which isn’t a plan because it’s one thing that looks like it’ll help but won’t, another that bites a small nibble out of insurer’s costs at the expense of patients, a thing that make things worse and a final thing that would do something if it wasn’t underfunded, which it will be.
    And also they didn’t have this plan back in 2012. It’s probably best to ignore that sentence.
    And also this plan, which isn’t a plan but a small stack of ineffectuality, even if Obamacare is repealed, won’t happen. It’s probably best to ignore that sentence, too.

    “…except of course preventing people access to the courts and justice when they’ve been negligently mistreated by the healthcare industry, coupled to their efforts to limi the power of juries to dispense justice.”
    It’s called “Tort Reform”, and you’d be for it if I told you the story about that one lady who burned her crotch with McDonalds coffee and got a ton of money. Statistics has no place in law. Anecdotes do.

  5. drr1:

    Modus, as usual, wins the daily internet.

  6. raven:

    “This is an outrageous lie. The GOP has no alternative plan to Obamacare.”

    Sure they do.

    It’s called doing nothing and letting people die in the streets and other places.

    Which is happening now. In parts of the rural south and west, average life spans are dropping sharply for the first time in a century.

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  8. caseloweraz:

    I was lucky: I read comment #4 just before the coffee passed from the cup to my mouth.

  9. caseloweraz:

    D. C. Sessions: Is it possible that McCain has had a small stroke?

    A small stroke of luck, perhaps.

    Or it may be, as someone else surmised, that there’s something newly added to the water supply.

  10. magistramarla:

    My theory is that McCain plans to retire soon, so he has no problem with actually sounding reasonable.
    However, I can’t forgive him for bring a lot of this t party scourge upon us by picking their mad queen as his running mate.

  11. Ace of Sevens:

    @2: It’s true. McCain really was saying we need to replace Obamacare. He just wasn’t very clear on with what.

  12. exdrone:

    Occasionally, McCain does the decent thing. Don’t forget about the time he confronted the woman at his rally in Minnesota in 2008 when she called Obama an Arab. He could have let it go, but he didn’t. They are little things and don’t necessarily make up for all the evil he does, but still, these days it’s a low bar.

  13. Area Man:

    The GOP “plan” also includes making individually purchased health insurance tax deductible.

    It’s good for the healthy and the rich.

  14. Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :):

    That’s only partly true. The Gross Obstinate Pigfuckers may not have a full plan per the ACA, but they have plenty of far more…modest proposals to offer.

  15. dan4:

    @11: If I recall correctly, his response to the woman who called Obama an “Arab” was “No, he’s a family man.” So, to McCain, being an “Arab” and a “family man” are somehow mutually exclusive items. Yeah, McCain really did the “decent thing” with that incident.

  16. Brooks Austin:

    How can there be a Republican alternative to Obamacare when Obamacare is essentially a Republican bill? If Mccain won the election in 2008 and the GOP passed the exact same bill, they would be praising it as the greatest invention since sliced bread.

  17. democommie:

    “If Mccain won the election in 2008…”

    He would prolly have lasted about as long as “Old Tippecanoe” and then we would have had St. Sarah of the Wasillabillies to deal with and the national health care issue wouldn’t even BE an issue.

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