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GOP Unhinged by Obamacare: Laugh 'til it Hurts

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Whacking yourself on the head with a ball-peen hammer would be stupid. But doing it again and again — that's insane.

Welcome to your U.S. House of Representatives, presently led by a pack of tea party Republicans. They are so crazed by Obamacare that they repeatedly hammer themselves over the head with it, having voted 46 times (so far) to dismantle, defund, delay, deny, and otherwise destroy this landmark health care bill — all to no avail. They would be hilarious, were they not so pathetic.

But now, their anti-government, anti-Obama obsession has turned into insanity. Acting as though the USA is nothing more substantial than a banana republic, this tea party clique of petty potentates has forced a shutdown of our national government. The craziest part of their stunt is the duplicitous claim that finally providing health care for millions of uninsured Americans will have, as one leader of the mad-dog pack put it, "horrific effects."

Yet, even as they publicly insist that they're heroes for trying to save the people from the horror of receiving fairly decent health coverage, the GOP hierarchy is quietly warning its members that defeating Obamacare now is essential to their own health. Why? Because they know the program will work, providing better care and nearly universal coverage at a cheaper price. It will become widely popular, and any politico who tries to kill it later will become wildly unpopular. Even the Senator from Oz, Ted Cruz, understood that the program had to be aborted before it was born. It will be so loved, Cruz candidly conceded (as he desperately tried to suffocate Obamacare with a painfully-long filibuster), that the public will be "hooked" on it for the long haul.

Yes, Sen. Oz, the American people tend to support policies that are beneficial to them. What's crazy is you and your cohorts thinking they're crazy for thinking that.

So now, Dr. Hightower offers this advice: Don't fume about the GOP's lunatic effort to kill health care reform — just laugh at their farcical show. It won't affect them, but it can improve your mental health.

For starters, take Ted Cruz's 21-hour blabathon that he said would stop Obamacare in its tracks.

Not only did he fail spectacularly, but senators voted 100 to zero against his crazy ploy. Yes, that means that even he ended up voting against it! What a hoot he is.

A shameful hypocrite, too. While going to extremes to keep millions of Americans from getting vitally needed health coverage, Cruz goes to great lengths to keep the people from being reminded of his own health care, past and present.

Having been born in Calgary, Canada, little Ted's parents were able to take advantage of the country's universal health care, or as the tea party darlings like to call it, "socialized" medicine. That's right, for the first four years of Ted's life in Calgary, he was covered under government subsidized healthcare. I find it absolutely hysterical that little Ted would grow up to throw a 21-hour-long temper-tantrum over affordable health care for hard working American people. Recently, Cruz had been repeatedly refusing to answer whether taxpayers covered his health care. Finally, he piously responded that he was eligible for taxpayer coverage, but had nobly declined.

Such slapstick! It turns out that Ted was fibbing, for he's covered by his wife's policy. As a millionaire top executive at Goldman Sachs, she and her family are given gold-plated Cadillac coverage by the Wall Street giant. Goldman pays some $40,000 a year for her and Ted's policy (more than most families make in a year) — a benefit-cost that the firm passes on to us taxpayers by deducting it from its corporate tax bill. Hilarious, huh?

Then there's the comic twist that's included in Congress' current government shutdown. While more than a million regular government workers are going without a paycheck, the congress critters who forced the furlough continue to collect their $174,000 in annual pay. Some lawmakers are donating their checks to charity, but four out of five are happily pocketing theirs. "Dang straight," barked Rep. Lee Terry. "I've got a nice house and a kid in college," the Nebraska Republican said. "Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That's just not going to fly," Terry told his constituents.

And that's your Congress at work. Laugh 'til it hurts.

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Posted by: C. Clark
Wed Oct 9, 2013 6:01 AM
What I am laughing about is the fact that the left is obviously scared of the truth and of Cruz. If he were such a joke, if the right was so wrong that it was just obvious to everyone, if Obama care was so great that even the politicians signed up, then the leftists would not feel the need to name call and go after Cruz and company. Obiviously they know that Omaba is a mess, his plan is a disaster and we (the country as a whole) are in trouble. Cruz, among others, are a threat to their lie, and they are not happy about it. Just read this article.

I am laughing at this writer and others that continue to spew their lies; however it really is sad that there are people so blind to truth. Their stupidity will have grave consequences.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Truth never fails
Wed Oct 9, 2013 1:17 PM
I prefer to call the Honorable by his given name: Rafael. How many times did we here "Barack Hussein Obama" in 2008?

@Truth: Feel free to point out any lies in Mr. Hightower's column.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Bruce Strickland
Wed Oct 9, 2013 2:33 PM
The health insurance program the President is imposing on us is not the Affordable Care Act. The president has dismembered and mangled it. Gone is the employer mandate, the cap on out of pocket expenses, income verification and over half the deadlines specified in the law. The President delayed or did away with these features, without asking Congress. Illegally. Then he added 1,472 waivers and connived a subsidy for members of Congress that no one else in American earning $174,000 a year could get. The Supreme Court has ruled twice that presidents cannot delay, amend, and repeal parts of laws.
Comment: #4
Posted by: David Henricks
Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:27 AM
Re" Henricks, Unless you're just repeating a lie you heard, you should to do some fact checking or a little research find out who or better yet, which party insisted on the changes. The best solution was Medicare for all, easier to implement and way more cost effective and everyone in the healthcare system was for it. Guess why the Republicans made it a non starter? You got it. Insurance lobbying. Obamacare is an infant, there's going to be some growing pains.

You baggers are so funny. So, our Obama broke the law, eh? If what you say is true, then bring the President up on charges. lol. You know what you're saying isn't true.... You do, don't you?
Comment: #5
Posted by: morgan
Fri Oct 11, 2013 11:00 PM
Re: morgan It is true. I already did the research, before I posted. Anyone who continues to use the perverted term 'bagger' cannot be taken seriously. Turn off your mommy's computer, go back to her basement and play video games or watch cartoons, until you mature.
Comment: #6
Posted by: David Henricks
Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:31 AM
No, David, it isn't true. I could tell you chapter & verse where you're wrong, but it's a week after you posted and you'll never see this. Even if you did, you wouldn't believe you're wrong because you "already did the research." That must have been done by combing through the Fox News archives because your collection of research is factless fantasy. If you really care about facts, a little more research would do your postings worlds of good.
Comment: #7
Posted by: Susan Jeffries
Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:50 PM
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