As one person put it, this Republican tried a 2010 lie on a 2017 crowd and they were having none of it.
It’s been nearly a decade since Sarah Palin and Republicans in Congress assured the American people that the Affordable Care Act would create “death panels” to selectively kill off the elderly. In that time not a single death panel has killed a single grandparent – but around 22 million people got health insurance.
Perhaps that is why a Florida Republican official named Bill Akins tried to justify the GOP’s plan to repeal the ACA by citing fictional death panels the crowd of voters in the room immediately and loudly called bullshit.
When your try a 2010 lie on a 2017 crowd pic.twitter.com/9ATZBhOEhz
— Steve King (@steveking_) February 11, 2017
When the crowd loudly booed, Akins called them “children.”
A 77-year-old woman got up and slammed Republicans for lying about death panels they say would have already killed her. Akin then got up and screamed at her. It was a truly surreal moment.
This backlash to Republican lies about healthcare isn’t isolated to Florida. Around the country, politicians are discovering that the well of bullshit they’ve been drawing their talking points from has completely dried up. Nobody is buying it any more – especially when so many have seen tangible benefits to receiving health insurance through Obama’s creation of the ACA.
The reaction from Republicans has been complete denial. Taking a cue from Trump himself, conservative politicians are denying what is right in front of their eyes. These hundreds of thousands of people protesting each weekend aren’t real people, they say, they are “paid protesters.” The premise is absurd and naturally Republicans never bother to point to any proof (they don’t have any) but it allows them to continue to push deeply unpopular policies and ignore their own constituents.
Given the sheer volume and intensity of the protests, however, it’s unlikely that these delusions can go on indefinitely. How many town halls and rallies can Republicans watch before they realize that all the money in the world couldn’t buy this level of outrage. This is genuine. This is happening.
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