Vice-President Mike Pence tried to defend the sh*t sandwich the GOP is calling a “health care plan” during a Fox & Friends interview Thursday morning. So, how do you make a sh*t sandwich sound yummy to the public? With a fake Thomas Jefferson quote, of course. Jimmy Kimmel has opened a can of whoop-ass on Republicans over the ‘health care’ bill which doesn’t fully cover those with pre-existing conditions, by the way.
Pence was asked about that.
“Folks like Jimmy Kimmel, they’re worried about the preexisting condition thing, ’cause this will be up to the governors to decide how the money is dispersed, who gets coverage,” host Ainsley Earhardt said, according to ThinkProgress. “Can you guarantee that these governors will make sure that preexisting conditions are covered?”
That’s a simple question, don’t you think? Before Obamacare, even being a survivor of rape was considered to be a pre-existing condition. Most people have some sort of pre-existing condition and under Obamacare Americans no longer had to worry about getting affordable coverage.
So, instead of addressing the concerns of millions of Americans, Pence burped out a fake quote.
“Thomas Jefferson said, ‘Government that governs least, governs best,’” Pence said, which as ThinkProgress points out, is a quote that the Thomas Jefferson Foundation says Jefferson never uttered. “I mean the question that people ought to ask is, who do you think will be more responsible to the health care needs in your community? Your governor, your state legislature, or a congressman and a president in a far-off nation’s capital. I mean, this is the concept of federalism upon which our constitution was framed.”
Then Mike The Christian went on to lie about the GOP proposal.
“This legislation — Graham-Cassidy — as its authors have said, contains all the same protections for preexisting conditions as the president indicated,” Pence said. “At the end of the day, we have to recognize that Obamacare has failed, [as] much as its defenders want to deny the facts.”
Yes, his president did say that.
I would not sign Graham-Cassidy if it did not include coverage of pre-existing conditions. It does! A great Bill. Repeal & Replace.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2017
Pence just kept lying as if he couldn’t stop himself.
During another part of the Fox & Friends interview, Pence inaccurately claimed that “thousands” of counties have no choice of health care providers under Obamacare. In fact, according to the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, as of September 15, 2017, there were zero counties in the United States with no insurer on the marketplace.
Trumpcare 3.0 is wildly unpopular. Doctors, hospitals, and AARP have all warned of the dangers of the legislation which doesn’t benefit the sick, elderly, or the middle class.
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