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Something Incredible Happens When a Citizen Asks MN Dems Simple Obamacare Question
The Blaze ^ | February 20, 2014 | Jason Howerton

Posted on 02/21/2014 1:52:14 PM PST by NYer

During a town hall-style agricultural symposium in Mankato, Minn., on Wednesday, Democratic lawmakers were left speechless after a citizen asked a very simple question about Obamacare.

Screengrab via KEYC-TV

Screengrab via KEYC-TV

The question: “I thought the Affordable Care Act would save $2500 per family. What happened?”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Tim Walz, both of Minnesota, seemingly didn’t know how to respond. In fact, the room erupted in laughter after the two just stared at each other. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), who also attended the meeting, was the only one prepared to respond.

“I voted ‘no’, so I’ll let these guys handle that,” he said, sparking applause from the audience.

The uncomfortable moment underscores the reality that many Democrats are trying to distance themselves from Obamacare and even President Barack Obama heading into the midterm elections.

KEYC-TV captured the priceless moment on video and the local report was flagged by Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey on Thursday.

Walz eventually managed to piece together a response, which Morrissey says is the “line that Democrats will use in their defense in the midterms.”

“This health discussion has got to be broader, it’s got to point out where there are weaknesses and failures, it’s got to make sure we’re not leaving people behind or distorting the system,” the lawmaker said. “But don’t pretend there was some type of safe harbor before this where everything was just peachy keen.”

Pushing back at that assertion, Hot Air notes that before Obamacare was passed, Gallup reported in 2009 that “85% of Americans had health insurance — and 87% expressed satisfaction with their health care, while 61% were satisfied with the costs associated with it. Fifty percent of the uninsured were satisfied with their health care, although 69% were dissatisfied with the costs.”

Video at link.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: agriculture; amyklobuchar; collinpeterson; democrat; democrats; deny; klobuchar; minnesota; obamacare; timwalz

1 posted on 02/21/2014 1:52:14 PM PST by NYer
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To: NYer
The question: “I thought the Affordable Care Act would save $2500 per family. What happened?”

The easy answer to that question: 'If you believed that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that you would probably want to buy"

2 posted on 02/21/2014 1:58:09 PM PST by PAR35
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To: NYer

They had to tell the punchline to see what’s in the joke.


3 posted on 02/21/2014 1:59:36 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: NYer

I’d laugh, but the joke is on us.


4 posted on 02/21/2014 2:00:16 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: NYer

After the question is asked they act all coy and laughter ensues. Hahahaha!! I’d ask, “WTH are you laughing at?! This isn’t a laughing matter!” These idiots won’t be laughing when they get sick.


5 posted on 02/21/2014 2:00:42 PM PST by albie
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To: PAR35

Someone from the show, The Independents, went out on the streets to ask people which they preferred - the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. It was stunning to see how many people didn’t know they were the same thing.

One woman answered that she preferred the ACA. When asked why, she said, “Because it’s affordable.”

Never underestimate the gullibility of the average American voter.


6 posted on 02/21/2014 2:01:55 PM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: All

That would be a nice ad campaign for election season:

“What are YOU doing with the $2500 you saved because of Obamacare?”


7 posted on 02/21/2014 2:02:01 PM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: NYer

Hope the guy’s taxes are in order.


8 posted on 02/21/2014 2:06:22 PM PST by Arm_Bears (Shoot cops that shoot dogs.)
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To: Pining_4_TX
Never underestimate the gullibility of the average American voter.

Still maintain that at least 2/3 of Americans are hopeless idiots and have no idea what is really happening around them. They have no idea that communism is taking America over.

9 posted on 02/21/2014 2:08:23 PM PST by Logical me
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To: albie

Exactly. The next questioner should have asked what’s funny about any of this - and seriously demanded an answer.


10 posted on 02/21/2014 2:10:22 PM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Arm_Bears

If I took on “dear leaders” and got audited or harassed you can bet I’d hold that idiot accountable with my fists.


11 posted on 02/21/2014 2:11:59 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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To: Logical me

I’m sad to say I agree with you. People keep on believing politicians and their promises. They really think government can solve all their problems and that there is a free lunch.
*sigh*


12 posted on 02/21/2014 2:12:02 PM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: All
The question: “I thought the Affordable Care Act would save $2500 per family. What happened?” Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Tim Walz, both of Minnesota, seemingly didn’t know how to respond. In fact, the room erupted in laughter after the two just stared at each other.

Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), who also attended the meeting, was the only one prepared to respond. “I voted ‘no’, so I’ll let these guys handle that,” he said, sparking applause from the audience.

PFL

13 posted on 02/21/2014 2:25:14 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
I’d laugh, but the joke is on us.

They won. They own it and will use it to control everything. In the next few months lawyers, actors and journalists will determine how to turn this question into a positive campaign commercial.

14 posted on 02/21/2014 2:26:04 PM PST by alrea ( By progressive they mean your costs.)
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To: Talisker

As I would say;

“Is this a joke to you?!”

Both “what happened?” and ‘why do you think this is funny?” need to be crammed down their throats the way Obamacare was crammed down ours.

Don’t let up.


15 posted on 02/21/2014 2:32:33 PM PST by getitright (If you call this HOPE, can we give despair a shot?)
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To: Pining_4_TX
It was stunning to see how many people didn’t know they were the same thing.

Many Americans are caught up in the glam of fame, be it entertainment or sports. They pay very little attention to politics. Politicians capitalize on this by using 'sound bites' when they speak, recognizing that few will make the time to read through a proposed bill. It's also true that many Americans do not take notice of politics until it actually effects them personally.

16 posted on 02/21/2014 2:38:59 PM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: PAR35

Link to the video is still available - amazing!


17 posted on 02/21/2014 3:29:58 PM PST by yorkiemom
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To: NYer

Stick a fork in them.


18 posted on 02/21/2014 4:01:45 PM PST by Old Yeller (P)
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To: Logical me
They have no idea that communism is taking America over.

Some people think we are still living in the 1950s. It is not Communism that is overtaking America. It is something much more evil and much worse. It is the reprobate mind, the mind incapable of telling good from bad, truth from falsehood--in fact, people who are afraid of Communists and communism will accept that good is evil, and evil is good.

And when these who fear communism are told the truth, they will not listen, will not heed.

The Truth is that America is under the Divine Judgment of God. See Roman 1:18 and verses following for the details.

If you are a Conservative and still believe that there is such a thing as relativism, (that some bad things are tolerable), then you may share in that Judgment.
19 posted on 02/21/2014 4:05:01 PM PST by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: NYer

I’d bet the guy who asked the question will vote for the two democrats who couldn’t answer it. And he’ll also vote for Stuart Smiley.


20 posted on 02/21/2014 4:22:41 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: mmichaels1970

I imagine all those new Medicaid patients are saving at least $2,500.


21 posted on 02/21/2014 4:24:18 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: righttackle44
It is something much more evil and much worse. It is the reprobate mind, the mind incapable of telling good from bad, truth from falsehood--in fact, people who are afraid of Communists and communism will accept that good is evil, and evil is good.

you are being much too kind.

This isn't a lack of ability, it's much worse, it's a choice.

God has given us all a basic conscience; it's standard equipment. He has left no-one with an excuse where doing the right thing is concerned.
22 posted on 02/21/2014 4:55:20 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

The ‘joke’ gets more interesting: I had a conversation with my tax gal the other day. It seems I stumbled upon the real reason the mandate was delayed.

The mandate includes qualifying employer-provided health plans that are provided as part of compensation...this includes many public-sector health plans, sometimes provided as 100% benefit or provided by negotiated labor contract as ‘employer contribution’.

No calculator exists where anyone can do the math, but the ‘mandate’ is supposed to have a ‘sliding scale’ with those with ‘too much benefit’ being taxed and those with ‘not enough benefit’ getting a new revenue stream akin to the ‘Earned Income Tax Credit’ (welfare).

I’m just guessing a whole bunch of lib voters on the public dole (including a whole bunch of public employees at the state & local level, including universities, might have seen their precious tax refunds evaporate before their eyes and taken it out at the voting booth...so they delayed it. (recall it was said, “...pass it to see what’s in it...”...I bet the darker part of the ‘regulatory regime’ took awhile to get worked out to parse in a simple outline for our puppet’s handlers’ comprehension)

The mandate as a ‘penalty’ for not having coverage was just a very public smokescreen, imho. Who knows...


23 posted on 02/21/2014 5:16:45 PM PST by logi_cal869
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To: NYer

That putrid puke on the right (glasses) was the one that ended up defending Obamacare.

The words he spoke “....problems, yes, but don’t pretend there was a safe harbor before this mess...blah blah blah”

I’d tell him to his face, “At least there WAS a harbor before this, safe or not - now it’s all beached.”


24 posted on 02/21/2014 5:18:15 PM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: NYer

He only voted NO because Nancy didn’t need his vote. Remember that fellow Minnesotans.


25 posted on 02/21/2014 5:49:34 PM PST by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: Logical me

THEY LIVE, and we’re the only ones wearing the Sunglasses.


26 posted on 02/21/2014 5:53:13 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Nobody owes you a living, so shut up and get back to work...)
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To: NYer

The question that the MSM will never ask.


27 posted on 02/21/2014 10:56:55 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: NYer
...it’s got to make sure we’re not leaving people behind or distorting the system,” the lawmaker said. “But don’t pretend there was some type of safe harbor before this where everything was just peachy keen.”

Then they shouldn't pretend that ObamaCare is an improvement and that it won't waste more money and lives due to government despotism and incompetence.

28 posted on 02/22/2014 3:00:09 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), who also attended the meeting, was the only one prepared to respond. “I voted ‘no’, so I’ll let these guys handle that,” he said, sparking applause from the audience.

Thanks NYer.


29 posted on 02/22/2014 11:18:29 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: NYer
The question: “I thought the Affordable Care Act would save $2500 per family. What happened?”

The Witless Wonder, Amy Klobuchar, probably didn't understand the question.

30 posted on 02/24/2014 10:37:57 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: getitright

Are they laughing with us or at us?


31 posted on 02/26/2014 2:47:44 PM PST by cradle of freedom
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