On both Thursday and Friday, Hannity was all over the idea that Republicans should shut down the government unless Obama agrees to defund Obamacare. Actually, there’s a shorter way to say that, since Obama would never agree to defund Obamacare: Republicans should shut down the government.
This strikes me as absolutely insane, something that even a lot of Republicans understand. So Hannity had to interview some of the dimmer Republican bulbs: Michelle Bachmann, Louie Gohmert and, sadly, Ted Cruz. Cruz is supposed to be the smart new thing in the GOP, but he sure didn’t sound like it. His anti-Obamacare screed included one outright lie: He repeated the claim that Max Baucus said Obamacare was a trainwreck. That’s not at all what Baucus said, and Cruz must know that. So he just lied.
Rep. Bachmann claimed that Obama was using Obamacare to funnel money to his favorite community activists, including ACORN. I can’t accuse Bachmann of lying, since she is dense enough that she may not really know that ACORN no longer exists. Rep. Gohmert said something that was equally and mindblowingly stupid, but I forgot what it was. I think the memory of it escaped in the steam that was coming out of my ears.
Hannity and the others are convinced that this is the last chance to stop Obamacare because once uninsured people start to actually get health insurance, it will no longer be politically possible to tell them to kindly, please, give up their insurance and instead go bankrupt and become wards of the state. Apparently, Hannity, Cruz, Jerry Doyle, Glenn Beck, Bachmann, Gohmert, et al, have no problem with telling people who have been clinging to the hope that they might actually be only a couple of months away from getting insurance to just do without.
Meanwhile, the Republican alternative to Obamacare still seems to have only two prongs: Allow insurance companies to sell across state lines, which undermines the 10th Amendment rights of states to govern as they see fit, and tort reform, which undermines the First Amendment right of citizens to petition for redress of grievances against hospitals whose errors result in some 40,000 U.S. deaths a year.
Obamacare, instead, relies on private market exchanges, a plan once favored by Republicans. Now they got nothing.
UPDATE: Apparently, Bachmann isn’t the only Republican who doesn’t know that ACORN no longer exists.