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Oct 02 2013

Cruz Cited Fake ‘Victim’ of Obamacare

One of the most irritating things about political rhetoric is the use of the anecdote. You hear it in campaigns all the time — “People out there are suffering. Like Ida Johnson of Nashville, Tennessee, whose dog died while she was suffering from cancer, polio and shingles.” Anecdotes matter more to people than data, of course, which is why they offer up these allegedly typical stories so often. But you have to at least get the stories right. Ted Cruz got one flagrantly wrong in his fauxlibuster last week:

One of them involved the case of John Connelly, a Rutgers student who found himself in debt, without a permanent job, and forced to sleep on his friend’s couch. His story was one that was all too common in the age of Obama, Cruz concluded.

Well, it turns out that Connelly isn’t the biggest fan of Cruz. What’s more, he is actually a beneficiary of the very health care law that Cruz was protesting during his speech. And in an appearance on MSNBC Friday morning, Connelly explained just how ironic it was that the senator would use his story to bludgeon the president and the Affordable Care Act.

“A friend of mine called me the next morning as I was on the way to an optometrist appointment …. [and said], ‘While Ted Cruz was talking about why the ACA’s bad, he mentioned your name.’ And I said, ‘Well, that’s funny. I’m heading to an appointment I can only go to because of Obamacare.’”

So not a victim of Obamacare. In fact, the exact opposite, an example of how someone in hard financial times can still have health insurance. And if facts had anything at all to do with political reality, that mistake might actually matter.

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  1. 1
    Abby Normal

    Nice, an anecdote about how misleading anecdotes are. Any more meta and this article could join the X-Men.

  2. 2
    Raging Bee

    That’s what happens when Republicans in Congress show up drunk for work.

  3. 3
    Synfandel

    One of the most irritating things about political rhetoric is the use of the anecdote. Take this one, for example…

  4. 4
    democommie

    I think we need a demoneologism for whatever it is that the SKKKrotalMurKKKanPatriotiKKK Front and its fellow slimetrailers are doing when they come a’trollin’. They seem to confuse feelings with facts and “anecdotal evidence”/Apocrypha with actual data. I think I’m going with apochridence (evidence of doubtful origin or veracity). My mind can be changed, but it usually costs some money.

    The OP is a case in point of such nonsense. it would prolly bother me if I did something like what Cruz did, but then I’ve got morals AND a conscience–even though I’m an atheist.

  5. 5
    colnago80

    Nothing new about this. Always recall the citations of the woman scalded by hot coffee at a McDonald’s and her lawsuit against the company or the woman on welfare allegedly showing up at a supermarket in a Cadillac.

  6. 6
    Modusoperandi

    THIS IS AMERICA! “I WAS ON MY WAY”? “APPOINTMENT”? YES THATS RIGHT UNDER BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMACARE YOU HAVE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AND AFTER THEY PUT YOU ON THEIR SCHEDULE YOU HAVE TO GO AND VISIT THEM!

    UNDER CRUZCARE YOULL HAVE NONE OF THOSE INCONVENIENCES! OR A DOCTOR!

  7. 7
    marcus

    It is not merely ‘anecdotal’ that Republicans in general and Cruz in particular make shit up. This is also another example of this practice and it contributes to an accumulating preponderance of evidence that the party operates primarily through lies, deceit, and demagoguery..

  8. 8
    bushrat

    UNDER CRUZCARE YOULL HAVE NONE OF THOSE INCONVENIENCES! OR A DOCTOR!

    Doctors are just more educated elitists, obviously they don’t know nothin’. Why mine said I should eat better, that’s just more Godless Tyranny. They just tryin’ to take away your freedom.

  9. 9
    exdrone

    Yet more evidence that Cruz is from Bizarro World:
    * Tries to illustrate that the ACA is not working by citing an anecdote that proves it is working.
    * Reads from a children’s book with a moral that is opposite to the point he is trying to make
    * Spends 21 hours filibustering without filibustering
    * Argues against a bill and then votes for it
    * Advocates defunding the ACA to save the govt money and then forces a govt shut-down, costing the govt money
    * Advocates improving healthcare for American by eliminating the ACA, which is improving healthcare for Americans
    * Promotes himself as sane, thoughtful and prudent but … well, you see the pattern

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