The ever childish and shallow Meghan McCain sounded nearly hysterical on Fox News Thursday night when the lone liberal on a five-person panel pointed out the harm the American Health Care Act (Trumpcare) would do.
Of course, the four conservatives were just delighted that their Republicans finally figured out how to pass a bill taking away millions of Americans’ health insurance. And why worry about the devastating effects when Donald Trump can put a political notch in his belt?
Here’s how Media Matters summarized the bill’s effects:
[The bill] would devastate the American health care system if it becomes law. Opposed by virtually every stakeholder in the system, the bill will strip health insurance from tens of million of Americans, puts at risk vital protections that millions more count on to keep their costs from skyrocketing, and breaks a slew of promises Republicans had made to the country—including Trump’s pledge not to cut Medicaid -- all to slash taxes for the wealthiest Americans. People will die if this bill becomes law.
But hey, besides a win for their Donald, the Fox News fat cats will get a huge tax cut. Why worry about the less fortunate? Or the fact that a majority of Americans want Obamacare fixed, not replaced.
Kimberly Guilfoyle was beaming as she said, “The president and Congressional Republicans scored a major victory today! … The end of Obamacare is in President Trump’s sight!
After playing a clip of Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer slamming the bill, Guilfoyle said, “Democrats none too happy with this today.” She beamed as she spoke.
Cohost Greg Gutfeld once again put the “ass” in “asinine” as he suggested that opposition to Trumpcare is just partisan hype. The American Medical Association denounced the bill but what would they know?
Even worse, Gutfeld smirked as he suggested that people dying from lack of health care is no biggie because people have died under liberal policies.
GUTFELD: You know, on average, every day, 6700 people die in the United States. You can bet the Democrats are gonna blame every single one of those on this vote. And nothing will change their minds, conveniently ignoring all the suffering and death created by decades of liberal policies in inner cities, the War on Poverty, you name it, they’ve destroyed lives.
But to this bill? This is what you call progress!
Gutfeld had a hideous grin on his face as he spoke. Guilfoyle giggled off screen.
From there, Gutfeld gushed over Trump’s salesmanship. Then, after Jesse Watters praised “a lot of good things in the bill,” McCain noted that the same disagreements between Republican factions that plagued the bill in the House would recur in the Senate. “But,” she chirped, “I look forward to seeing President Trump put pressure on people … who would get in the way of getting this repealed and replaced because midterm elections are coming.”
Yes, let’s not wait too long to deprive millions of health insurance because it might interfere with GOP political prospects!
Finally, it was liberal Juan Williams’ turn to speak. “I hope it covers mental illness because we’re seeing a lot of it at the table tonight,” he began. Williams slammed Trump for pressuring Republicans to pass the bill because he was “desperate for something that he can call a victory.”
Williams even had the audacity to call out Trump’s broken promise on health care. “Uninsured? More uninsured people. Remember [Trump saying] 'Oh, I’m gonna give you something that covers everybody?'” Williams added.
Watters interrupted to say that the people who would lose coverage were the “young and healthy” who are no longer mandated to buy it. Which is either ignorant or dishonest.
“If you’re a senior in this country,” Williams continued, undeterred, even as the panel tried to talk over him. “Guess what? Now, you can be charged five times more for your medical coverage.”
Rather than dispute Williams’ argument, McCain started whining about Obamacare costs in Arizona. As PolitiFact noted, it’s true premiums are high there but “health care costs broadly are increasing at a lower rate than before the health care law took effect.” Also, this bill will harm people in so many ways, in addition to higher premiums. But McCain either did not know or did not care.
“I want Juan to go to Arizona and say this,” McCain said petulantly, pointing her finger. “And talk to people that I know that are paying more than their mortgage." Then she raised her voice as she accused Williams of “freaking out so much.”
“This isn’t a big deal! Why are you freaking out! You’re freaking out! And Democrats are freaking out because we know it’s a victory!” McCain shouted.
It makes you wonder who she was really trying to convince.
Watch the conservative snowflakes below, from the May 4, 2017 The Five.
Even if you have a great representative or you think your rep is hopelessly conservative, he or she should hear from you. This is how the resistance works and it’s working.
Here’s more info and a script for depending on how your member voted:
It’s not a surprise that these guys finally got something through the House – they were going to get there at some point. I’m frankly surprised that it took these guys all the way to May 4 to do it. I figured they would have gotten this all done by January 21st. And the Pence White House could have just stopped the subsidies at that time, which would have destroyed the ACA immediately, but they chose to wait for Congress to do it instead. Which tells you how scared the Right actually is of the consequences of their actions here.
The reality of this situation is that, again, it has nothing whatsoever to do with health care. They don’t care whether you can get to a doctor or not – that’s your problem. The issue has always been for the Right to be able to kill the ACA so they could retroactively declare Barack Obama the failure they’ve always thought him to be. If that means that millions of people will lose their coverage, that’s the problem of those people. And as Mo Brooks has made clear, the Right believes that if you lived properly, you wouldn’t have any pre-existing conditions anyway.
This is yet another example of the Year of the Bully being in full effect, and another reason why Dems really need to remember to vote next November and in 2020. Had even half of the people who stayed home last November been present when they were needed, we would not now be discussing matters such as these.
Everyone always interrupts him, but he rarely interrupts anyone. Juan needs to constantly point out it is 4 against 1 on that show, but he NEVER mentions that fact. Maybe Juan’s Republican son can give his daddy some pointers on debate.
And Fox gives them the platform in which to make their moral justification for a harmful bill. Which apparently, in this case, is simply that its a WIN for their pres.
To my mind, President Obama will go down in history not only as the BPWB (being president while black) but also as the man who recognised the need to truly walk the Christian talk about loving one’s neighbour. No Christian worthy of a big “C” can accept a law that would deprive others of access to affordable health care. My own nephew belongs to a category that has been hard hit by the ACA (small, family-run business) but he wants the ACA fixed in a manner that will NOT involve hurting any other category. He is not a small “c” christian.