Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Take,for instance, Buck McKeon:
"Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is keeping quiet about exactly how many people have successfully signed up for insurance on the Affordable Care Act’s online exchanges so far, but it has to be more than 10, right? During an appearance on CNN with Wolf Blitzer earlier today, Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) made the bold claim that total signups were in the “single digits.”
“I heard that they’ve had over eight million hits, people that have tried to sign up, and so far they have people in the single digits that have signed up,” McKeon told Blitzer, citing anonymous “bipartisan” sources. “Now, obviously there is something very wrong there.”
Blitzer pushed back, responding incredulously, “When you say single digits, I’m not exactly clear what you mean by that.”
“Single digits would be less than ten,” McKeon replied, matter-of-factly. He clarified that he read that fact in an article in Forbes today, possibly referring to an this piece from last Thursday that quoted an anonymous insurance industry official.
Blitzer, who still couldn’t believe what he was hearing, asked if McKeon really believed that less than 10 people have signed up for the plans “nationwide.” [Source]
Yes Wolf, he is serious.
And then there is this gal:
"In the same interview where Michele Bachmann weighed in on Miley Cyrus spoofing her, the Republican congresswoman also had some tough words for President Obama, even going so far as to suggest impeachment should be on the table.
She told Rusty Humphries in a conference call sponsored by TeaParty.net on Tuesday that “we can have an impeachment hearing in the house” because she believes Obama “has committed impeachable offenses.” Removing Obama from office is off the table, though, because the Senate determines that action and the Democrats currently hold it.
Bachmann bashed Obama’s “thuggery,” and at another point said the fight over Obamacare isn’t just that, it’s a battle for “whether or not we will hold onto a constitutional republic.” [Source]
I hear you Michele, but can you twerk?
Finally, everyone is rightfully outraged about the families of those American soldiers who were lost in battle not getting their benefits because of the government shutdown. But don't fall for the lies and disinformation coming from people like Bill O'Reilly over at Der Angriff. The truth of the matter is that we are in this place because of the government shutdown. The government is shutdown because a few right-wing extremist decided to hold the rest of us hostage.
I am not quite sure what folks expected. When you shutdown the government you can't pick and choose who to pay because the country is more outraged about the families of dead soldiers not getting their death benefits than a bunch of IRS workers not getting paid.
Sorry, the government is down. Parks not being open and military death benefits not being paid is a by- product of this right wing tactic. The wingnuts might as well own it all now. I mean let's face it; their approval rating is sitting lower than Osama Bin Laden and Kim Il Sung these days. How much lower can they go?
“I am offended, outraged, and embarrassed that the government shutdown had prevented the Department of Defense from fulfilling this most sacred responsibility in a timely manner,” Hagel said.
“In the days before the shutdown, we warned Congress and the American people that DoD would not have the legal authority to make these payments during a lapse in appropriations.”
The announcement came just after the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously to resume paying survivor benefits, which includes a $100,000 payment."
So it's all good for now. But, in the days to come, more lives will be lost, and...
"While the deal staves off this particular injustice, failure to end the shutdown, or to pass an increase in the debt ceiling before October 17, could have continued dire consequences to military vets and their families. “If the shutdown does not end in the coming weeks, VA will not be able to assure delivery of 1 November checks to more than 5.18 million beneficiaries, including veterans who are 100% disabled, surviving spouses, eligible children orphaned by the death of their military parent,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki said in testimony before Congress."
Sorry Mr. Shinseki, stupid people don't care about such things.