MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts recently asked GOP Representative Marsha Blackburn if she “hated Obamacare” more than she “loved her country.” She dismissed the question as “incredibly inappropriate.” Personally, I don’t think the question was inappropriate as much as it was dumb.
I’m not saying Thomas Roberts was dumb for asking the question. Quite the opposite. By cable news standards, it was a smart move, the perfect kind of pointed, gotcha question destined to be cut, posted and shared across the Internet by the droves of Obama-fans MSNBC counts on to cheer when points get scored for their team. Every angry click earns ad revenue for the network, inching Mr. Roberts closer and closer to liberal cable star status.
No, it was a dumb question because Republicans don’t actually hate Obamacare.
Seriously. You can’t hate something if you don’t know what it does and I highly doubt most members of Congress (Republican or Democrat) could give you an accurate description of what the Affordable Care Act actually does.
But – let’s be honest for a second – they don’t care what it does. Because – with all due respect to my Republican friends – Republicans don't view the Affordable Care Act as a law that will make it easier for some Americans (myself included) to purchase health care. Rather, Republicans see the Affordable Care Act as a highly successful campaign message they’re loathe to lose.Read more