MI-11 Republican House Candidate David Trott Full of Hooey
It's no secret that I'm a progressive Democrat. It's also no secret that I live in the metro Detroit area (although I'm actually in MI-09, Sandy Levin's district, not MI-11). Obviously I'm a bit on the biased side when it comes to local Congressional races. All that said, MI-11 Republican candidate and foreclosure attorney David Trott (best known for kicking old ladies out of their homes) gave a newspaper interview recently which was jaw-droppingly full of nonsense when it comes to (among other subjects) the Affordable Care Act.
For starters, the question itself was disgustingly biased:
Many American families experienced sticker shock when the first monthly premium arrived for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Many also now have high deductibles that make them wary of getting medical care at all. What would you do too bring down costs and improve medical care?
...but Trott decided to one-up his interviewer in the gall department:
The Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare has been an unmitigated disaster, and it is one that I am committed to correcting as Congressman. A government takeover of nearly one sixth of the economy was a poorly conceived and executed power grab. Instead of limiting options to our citizens, we must open up the insurance markets for greater competition. Rather than forcing people to accept what the government gives them, the market should be expanded so that private sector solutions can be offered to each and every American. Obamacare promised that people who liked their coverage would be allowed to keep it, more than 4 million Americans found to be false. It is time for the government to step back from this failed experiment and allow the private sector to offer the most affordable care possible.
All of the tired, repeatedly debunked lies are there:
- "Unmitigated disaster" (except for the 24-29 million people actually helped directly by the law to date, and the other 280 million or so who aren't really impacted by it at all as of yet);
- "Government Takeover" (except, of course, that it's not that at all, unless you believe that Aetna, UnitedHealthcare and Cigna are government patsies);
- "Limiting Options" (except, of course, that the ACA has actually increased competition tremendously, and the insurance companies themselves are fully on board with the law now);
- "4 million policies cancelled!!" (except, of course, that in the end it was actually 1-2 million at most, and even then most of those folks just replaced their noncompliant policy with a new, ACA-compliant one);
- and most hilarious of all, "allow the private sector to offer the most affordable care possible".
Excuse me, I think I just threw up a little in my throat.
Seriously, I'm amazed that he didn't manage to shoehorn in "How many have PAID???" and something about "death panels" into that response.
Update: I really should learn to curb my language a bit. Henceforth, I shall be using the term "hooey" in place of stronger language when the occasion merits it. You don't get much in the way of "hooey" these days; the term is due for a comeback.