If you want to point fingers at the moment in history that allowed Donald Trump to be elected president, it was the moment that John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate. That was the moment the Republican party gave into its id and turned into a bunch of bullies toting guns, American flags and Bibles. In other words, the Trump wing of the Republican party is identical to the Palin wing, until Saturday, when Palin ripped the new GOP healthcare law a new one and surprisingly, not for all the wrong reasons. Well, okay, some of the wrong reasons.
Palin, in her usual half mean girl/half folksy style, dubbed the bill “RINO Care,” to mean Republican In Name Only (as if Democrats would want to have anything to do with this disastrous piece of legislation). Even with that, she did make one point.
“I do want to speak about this, but I am tempted to say not another word from our fearless leaders about this new form of Obamacare that I’m going to call RINO-care—not another word from them until we are definitively told that there is no provision whatsoever allowing Congress to exempt itself whatsoever with this law,” Palin said. “As with anything else mandated by Congress, every single dotted I and crossed T better apply to them, too, and not just the people who they are lording this thing over because remember this is government-controlled health care, the system that requires enrollment in an unaffordable, unsustainable, unwanted, unconstitutional continuation of government-run medicine, and even in this new quasi-reformed proposal, there is still an aspect of socialism. That’s the whole premise here.”
Palin also griped about the fact that under Trumpcare, if a policy holder lets coverage lapse for any length of time, they can expect a 30 percent surcharge. Palin rightfully said that shifts the mandate.
“This 30 percent additional fee will be collected by some in the private sector, which will mean politicians are allowed again to pick the winners and losers, and it makes you wonder who’s lobbying hardest for aspects of this new bill because obviously there are special interests involved. Otherwise, certain private sector segments of our economy wouldn’t be rewarded as they will be with this fee, instead of going to the IRS going to private companies,” Palin said. “It would be really helpful if every single one of these politicians would do like the NASCAR drivers do—and it’s been said before—but let them wear their sponsors plastered all over their three-piece suits when they show up so we know what side they’re on and who they’re actually doing their bidding for.”
Palin hasn’t quite turned on Trump yet, though.
“He will step in and fix it,” Palin said. “I have great faith that President Trump is one who will fulfill campaign promises. He already has a track record of doing so well in these first months, I’m just really proud to have been part of the constituency that wanted him in there and worked hard to get him in there. So, yeah, I’m sure that President Trump is going to do the right thing and listen to all sides, of course, but understand, especially, that as a businessman, he’s going to understand whether this makes sense in his vision of how to grow businesses and how to get government off our back and back on our side. How will we create a smaller, smarter government with a proposal like this that basically allows for the continuation of a growth of government? That’s what any aspect of Obamacare or RINO-care does. So asking President Trump specifically about how running a business, not a Wall Street business, but mom-and-pop main street business, how does RINO-care help their business get to grow and drive and survive in this economy?”
And that’s where she lost me, but for Republicans, this almost ensures that the bill is dead in the water.
Here’s the audio:
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