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Tue Oct 13, 2020, 03:29 PM

Lindsey Graham inadvertently bolsters the Dems' point on ACA

As Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation process got underway yesterday, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee had one specific goal: tying her nomination to the future of the Affordable Care Act. By and large, they succeeded, at least as a tactical matter.

It was against this backdrop that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) began today's proceedings by largely endorsing the Democratic line.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., chairman of the Judiciary Committee, began his time for questions by bashing Obamacare, as Democrats have warned that Barrett's confirmation would result in the reversal of the health care law. "All of you want to impose Obamacare in South Carolina -- we don't want it," Graham said. "We want South Carolina-care, not Obamacare."

The GOP senator, facing a surprisingly difficult re-election fight this year, added that he believes the Affordable Care Act has been "a disaster for the state of South Carolina," and he considers it an outrage that his home state receives less federal funding through the ACA than several other states.

That said, Graham went on to insist that he's convinced the issue "has got nothing to do with this hearing."

First, the idea that "Obamacare" has been a "disaster" for South Carolina is a curious assessment. Within the first three years of the ACA's existence, the uninsured rate in the state dropped by more than a third. If Graham and his party succeeds in tearing down the nation's existing system, hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians would lose their subsidized coverage, and many more would suddenly be without benefits and protections they've come to rely on.

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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Oct 13 OP
Turbineguy Oct 13 #1
Buckeye_Democrat Oct 13 #2
Yonnie3 Oct 13 #3
Buckeye_Democrat Oct 13 #5
ihas2stinkyfeet Oct 13 #4
joho260 Oct 13 #6
Midnight Writer Oct 13 #7

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Oct 13, 2020, 03:36 PM

1. I don't recall

Did the ACA embed rules about improving the plan?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Oct 13, 2020, 03:38 PM

2. I heard him this morning.

He brought up how CA, NY and MA received a bigger percentage of Obamacare aid than their population percentage. trying to compare money and population.

Those kinds of money/population comparisons don't work out well for most red states, given how they usually take in more Federal money than they contribute.

His "argument" was pointless without comparing their taxes and the amounts of aid received, and even then it's divisive.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Oct 13, 2020, 03:51 PM

3. Perhaps the disaster for him is ...

it is keeping voters who vote blue alive.

I recall, in 2016, a conversation with my brother as we drove home from a gig and we agreed that when Lindsey Graham sounds like the voice of reason we are royally screwed. I despise that unctuous little twerp.

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Response to Yonnie3 (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 13, 2020, 03:58 PM

5. Republicans like Graham always need fact-checked.

If their lips are moving, they're usually being deceptive in some way.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Oct 13, 2020, 03:53 PM

4. i sure wish someone would point out all the jobs created by the aca.

 

good jobs. really good jobs.
part of the reason chicago weathered the '08 crash as well as it did was our economy of hospitals and universities. some of the best in the world.
even the lowest paying jobs in that sector are double the min wage.
tho the pandemic and the state under gov ruiner has battered the cook county system, w a waiver to start 1 yr early under the aca, the main hospital reached a high watermark of more insured patients than uninsured 2 yrs in.

and all those covid survivors are gonna need a lot of ongoing care.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Oct 13, 2020, 04:20 PM

6. SC-Care

"South Carolina-care" which is "If you're poor, we don't care"

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Oct 13, 2020, 05:00 PM

7. Not to worry. Graham can reverse himself ten times a day.

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