Unnecessary no matter how you slice it. If you’re not a progressive, you wouldn’t dream of spending your day off discussing this. There are so many more au courant Obama disasters to chat about, like the looming nuclear sellout to Shiite fanatics. (It’s gonna net John Kerry a “peace” prize, don’t you know, and that’s what’s important.) If you are a progressive, you’ve been ruining holiday get-togethers for the past five years blubbering on about risk pools while your loved ones are trying to eat. You don’t need further encouragement from Obama lackeys; it’s already practically a family tradition. Now you almost relish how tense everyone seems to get at the dinner table when there’s a lull in the conversation, right before you pipe up in a quavering voice, “So, Uncle Ted, how’s your provider network?”
Has any other major federal domestic reform required evangelism about its merits from supporters years after it was enacted into law and implemented?
This Fourth of July, families across the nation will gather around hot dogs (or their favorite vegetarian alternative) and potato salad to spend some quality time together, watch fireworks and reflect on the holiday’s meaning. But as much as we love our families – and we do, seriously –we don’t always agree when it comes to current events, like last week’s Supreme Court decision upholding tax credits that help make insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) more affordable for millions of people.
Misinformation about the ACA is everywhere, and there’s been a lot of money spent to spread that misinformation – as much as half a billion dollars in ads, according to one 2014 estimate. Not surprisingly, many Americans still don’t know how changes the law made to insurance and the health care system can help improve their lives.
You should be prepared when Aunt Janine says something like, “Obamacare hasn’t helped anyone!”
Prepared? Prepared for what? There’s nothing Aunt Janine can do about it anymore. Thanks to John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy, the debate’s over. All you have to say this time is “scoreboard” and then you can move on to new utopian frontiers, like closing down religious charities by busting their tax exemptions. Imagine how impressed your older relatives in particular will be when you pinch off that turd of an idea in front of them.
Exit question one: What kind of person is so insecure about their ability to make political small talk that they feel the need to cram for it the day before a family barbecue? And if you are that insecure, why are you going to the HHS portal for tips? There’s an entire website out there written for, and by, people who don’t know much about news topics but are keen to give the impression that they do. Exit question two: Isn’t tomorrow’s dumb political family argument destined to be about the Confederate flag, if only because it’s so much easier to grasp? Uncle Ted may not know much about community rating but I guarantee you he’s got a firm opinion about “The Dukes of Hazzard.”