Skip to comments.Something Incredible Happens When a Citizen Asks MN Dems Simple Obamacare Question
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.
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 didnt 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 Ill 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 Airs 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, its got to point out where there are weaknesses and failures, its got to make sure were not leaving people behind or distorting the system,” the lawmaker said. “But dont 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.
The easy answer to that question: 'If you believed that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that you would probably want to buy"
They had to tell the punchline to see what’s in the joke.
I’d laugh, but the joke is on us.
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.
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.
That would be a nice ad campaign for election season:
“What are YOU doing with the $2500 you saved because of Obamacare?”
Hope the guy’s taxes are in order.
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.
Exactly. The next questioner should have asked what’s funny about any of this - and seriously demanded an answer.
If I took on “dear leaders” and got audited or harassed you can bet I’d hold that idiot accountable with my fists.
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.
Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), who also attended the meeting, was the only one prepared to respond. I voted no, so Ill let these guys handle that, he said, sparking applause from the audience.
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.
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.
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.
Link to the video is still available - amazing!
Stick a fork in them.
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.
I imagine all those new Medicaid patients are saving at least $2,500.
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...
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.”
He only voted NO because Nancy didn’t need his vote. Remember that fellow Minnesotans.
THEY LIVE, and we’re the only ones wearing the Sunglasses.
The question that the MSM will never ask.
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.
> Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), who also attended the meeting, was the only one prepared to respond. I voted no, so Ill let these guys handle that, he said, sparking applause from the audience.
The Witless Wonder, Amy Klobuchar, probably didn't understand the question.
Are they laughing with us or at us?