What do you do when you're an elected representative and you've been told by an overwhelming number of voters online that they want the ACA to survive and be improved, not repealed? The reason they told you this is because you asked for horror stories about the ACA and got success stories instead. An overwhelming number of success stories. So many that any sane legislator would be seriously rethinking their position. So what do you do?
If you're an insane Republican, you post this video to Facebook promising to repeal it anyway. If there's any doubt about who McMorris-Rodgers serves, this video should clear things up.
AnnieJo at Daily Kos has the scoop. She posted this:
After five years of #Obamacare, too many Americans are suffering. They deserve to be heard, and today I shared their stories. Posted by Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Tuesday, March 24, 2015
The stories in the video don't come from the comments on her Facebook post, though, as AnnieJo explains.
...Despite the promises, five years later, this legislation has not delivered what was promised. I wanted just to read some words from different corners of the country, voices that I believe deserve to be heard.A woman from Georgia writes, "I'm a 62-year-old widow and only make $8.79 an hour. I lost my insurance and cannot afford to pay for it."A man from Pennsylvania says, "My family's health coverage was cancelled, and my new health care premiums increased 85% thanks to Obamacare."
...The stories are repeated all across the country. Obamacare has made lives worse. And that's why our Balanced Budget for a Stronger America is so important. We're bringing it to the floor this week. It repeals Obamacare and makes government accountable to you....
(Update: Oh good grief -- those weren't even stories that SHE collected/cherrypicked. They came from a national GOP website, from a page that was put up the same day as her ill-fated Facebook solicitation for horror stories.)
NOT ONE WORD about the story after story after ACA success story. Not a one.
Of course not. Because she isn't serving the folks who elected her. So maybe the folks who elected her should rethink that. The commenters on her Facebook post certainly saw what she did there.
Wow, talk about presenting only one side, congresswoman. I live in your district and have read the posts on your own facebook page over the past years. You are cherry-picking the stories you want to present. How shameful!
Where are the stories from your last post to gather stories. I read those and most were positive about the ACA. You're not distorting things are you? Why not tell the truth?
After 5 years somewhere between 9-11 MILLION Americans now have healthcar, most for the first time, thanks to the ACA! Please, Cathy, help the Rs understand the tremendous need for this and how it is driving healthcare costs down. In the end, I can't imagine the Rs will take this much needed service away from 11 million Americans.
I am appalled at your lack of concern for your constituents stories. Who is your master? Are you serving the people who live in your district, your own ambition or someone else?
Stop this nonsense Congresswoman. You look like a fool.
So what's it going to be, folks? Are we going to blast these disgusting people who represent no one but their billionaires out, or are we just going to let them trample over all of us over and over and over?
This one in particular annoys me, because she received almost no negative responses, but just ignored all the positive ones. Because billionaires.