So CNN did its obligatory bi-weekly quota of legitimately good journalism yesterday. Jake Tapper, host of The Lead (a show that I had no idea even existed until yesterday) interviewed Ted Cruz's main lieutenant in the fight against Obamacare, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT). Tapper did a pretty good job holding Lee's feet to the fire, but the best moment came towards the end. Tapper asked Lee a very simple, straightforward question, that isn't asked nearly enough as it should be: “When did Republicans start saying, ‘That’s okay, you can freeload?’”
Just to quickly review, Tapper was referring to the Republican Party's post-2009 position of being against the individual mandate. See, when people who don't have insurance go to the emergency room, people who DO have insurance generally wind up picking up the tab in the form of higher insurance premiums. This was the original rationale for the idea of the individual mandate created by the ultra right-wing think tank, The Heritage Foundation, which was enacted by the most recent Republican presidential nominee before he was informed that it was a Godless, socialist atrocity.
Lee provided an extremely pathetic defense by saying: "I don’t think that’s a fair characterization of the Republican position on this at all", without ever bothering to address how that wasn't the case (damn you, followup questions!). Lee never wound up explaining how any Republican alternative to Obamacre would address this problem.
I always enjoy seeing right-wingers confronted with this question since it's always, always, always hilarious to see them try and square their hatred with the moocher class with their hatred of Obamacare. I mean, it wasn't too long ago that we had an election where one of the main themes was the Republican party's hatred of freeloaders that apparently made up roughly half the country. But when it comes to Obamacare, suddenly the 47% aren't really as vile and contemptible as they used to be.
Dear liberal media, bring this up more often, please!