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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Republicans Say the Dumbest Things

Posted by on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 1:01 PM

1. The Republican governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant, thinks that we don't need Obamacare because everyone in America has health insurance already:

There is no one who doesn't have health care in America. No one. Now, they may end up going to the emergency room. There are better ways to deal with people that need health care than this massive new program.

2. Republican Representative Paul Broun of Georgia, just said this:

The Constitution I uphold and defend is the one I carry in my pocket all the time, the U.S. Constitution. I don’t know what Constitution that other members of Congress uphold, but it’s not this one. I think the only Constitution that Barack Obama upholds is the Soviet constitution, not this one. He has no concept of this one, though he claimed to be a constitutional lawyer.

I love that Teabaggers confuse carrying a pocket Constitution around all the time for actual patriotism.


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emor 1
Features of Soviet Constitution (1936) according to Wikipedia:

"The constitution repealed restrictions on voting and added universal direct suffrage and the right to work to rights guaranteed by the previous constitution. In addition, the Constitution recognized collective social and economic rights including the rights to work, rest and leisure, health protection, care in old age and sickness, housing, education, and cultural benefits. The constitution also provided for the direct election of all government bodies and their reorganization into a single, uniform system. It was written by a special commission of 31 members which Joseph Stalin chaired. Those who participated included (among others) Andrei Vyshinsky, Andrei Zhdanov, Maksim Litvinov, Kliment Voroshilov, Vyacheslav Molotov, Lazar Kaganovich, Nikolai Bukharin and Karl Radek, though the latter two had less active input.[1]"
Posted by emor on January 23, 2013 at 1:08 PM · Report this
I love that Teabaggers think they have a monopoly on liking the Constitution. I'm a vegetarian, tree-hugging, bleeding-heart, birkenstock-wearing, pro-choice pinko liberal who supports gay rights and I have a Constitution right in my purse. Counting the phone app, I have two of them. If I have my Kindle with me, I have three. I bet I know more about the Constitution than this douche.
Posted by J from Oregon on January 23, 2013 at 1:14 PM · Report this
Is that a constitution in your pocket or are you glad to see me?
Posted by westside on January 23, 2013 at 1:16 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 4
It's like they're trying to use the Jedi mind trick.

"Why do you want Obamacare?"

"Because I'm sick and I don't have health insurance"

*waves hand*
"Yes, you do have health insurance"

"On second though, I guess I do have health insurance"
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 23, 2013 at 1:17 PM · Report this
Nowhere in the first statement did he say that everyone has health insurance. It's true that without insurance you can still get treated in the emergency room.

Not that that's ideal, but your headline is incorrect.
Posted by TheGreatCanoodler on January 23, 2013 at 1:23 PM · Report this
While one can still argue whether Bryant's statement is dumb, he states that noone is refused access to "health care", supposedly referring to limited emergency care. This does not equal insurance.
Posted by anonymous post on January 23, 2013 at 1:24 PM · Report this
r.chops 7
No more morons!

Posted by r.chops on January 23, 2013 at 1:26 PM · Report this
fletc3her 8
I wonder if they know that visits to the emergency room aren't free?
Posted by fletc3her on January 23, 2013 at 1:26 PM · Report this
Sir Vic 9
If a St. Christopher necklace can grant you magic powers, why can't a pocket Constitution? We know that placing your hand on a Bible automatically makes you tell the truth, so a pamphlet in your pocket must make you more patriotic.
Posted by Sir Vic on January 23, 2013 at 1:35 PM · Report this
ryanayr 10
@8 - Charity care at Harborview makes ER visits free and costs nothing. I should know, I've used it before.
Posted by ryanayr on January 23, 2013 at 1:40 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 11

That's not free. The question is how you distribute the cost.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on January 23, 2013 at 1:42 PM · Report this
Good luck getting chemo in an ER.
Posted by gratkat on January 23, 2013 at 1:44 PM · Report this
stuckie 13
So - one of the two of them is a Constitutional Law scholar. Guess which one.
Posted by stuckie on January 23, 2013 at 1:46 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 14
these geniuses were ELECTED, so i can only surmise that the real problem is that the electorate are fucking idiots, too.

in retrospect, cutting the south loose in 1860 may have been a good idea.
Posted by Max Solomon on January 23, 2013 at 1:49 PM · Report this
JensR 15
@1 that actually points to a good question - did Paul Broun mean the post-36 or the pre-36 one?
Posted by JensR on January 23, 2013 at 1:50 PM · Report this
aardvark 16
dude shits out his dick
Posted by aardvark on January 23, 2013 at 1:56 PM · Report this
Mattini 17
Emergency room treatment, eh? So a republican is advocating for the most inefficient (in terms of cost and keeping people well) health care system imaginable. Interesting.
Posted by Mattini on January 23, 2013 at 1:56 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 18
It's true that without insurance you can still get treated in the emergency room.

No. That is not true. You can get stabilized in the emergency room, which, in the case of most serious illnesses or injuries, means that you get a prescription for painkillers and get sent on your way.
Posted by keshmeshi on January 23, 2013 at 2:10 PM · Report this
ArtBasketSara 19
In Soviet Obama's America the constitution upholds you! Er, wait...that sounds good actually...
Posted by ArtBasketSara on January 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM · Report this
@5 - there is no requirement you be treated in an emergency room. There is a federal law, that an emergency room must stabilize you if you are in a life-or-death situation, regardless of your ability to pay.
What this means is: 1) the hospital will still charge you, and will likely send you to collections if you don't pay, 2) they will stabilize you, but then can pack you up and tell you to go to the county hospital, and 3) they will not treat diseases or injuries that are not life-or-death, but will send you to a county hospital.
Posted by TJ on January 23, 2013 at 3:10 PM · Report this
Sooner or later, Republican leadership will learn the meaning and application of the word "censure"....or I might get struck by lightning and win the lottery on the same day instead. I think I know which is likelier to occur.
Posted by bitethemailman on January 23, 2013 at 3:13 PM · Report this
@10 - you know what you're saying is not true, right? You may have been treated and not been required to pay, but we all pay. Everyone that has health insurance pays, through higher costs. Everyone that pays taxes in King County pays (because this is a county hospital). Anybody who goes to UW Medicine anywhere in the area pays, because they run Harborview, and ultimately any uncaptured costs will get passed on to their customers elsewhere.

There's no such thing as a free lunch. Think about it.
Posted by TJ on January 23, 2013 at 3:14 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 23
The Republicans are going to be saying a lot of really stupid things for the next four years.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 23, 2013 at 3:40 PM · Report this
So these ridiculous talking points didn't disappear with Romney's candidacy.

I guess it's a prerequisite in today's GOP to not know a single damn thing about how healthcare is funded, and to be wholly ignorant about any world history after the year 1982.
Posted by Proteus on January 23, 2013 at 7:46 PM · Report this
TreGibbs 25
@17 - what kind of martini is that in your avatar ?? It looks DELICIOUS
Posted by TreGibbs on January 23, 2013 at 7:56 PM · Report this

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