View Full Version : Did someone mention Wyoming?

David G
03-12-2015, 04:19 PM
Seems like there was a complaint that not all the Red states have come in for criticism regarding the actions or statements of their leadership.

So... here ya go, Wow-Ming!!!!


But Jeb’s argument was almost coherent compared to Sen. John Barrasso’s (R-Wyo.) latest ACA criticisms (http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/235347-top-gop-senator-tells-white-house-to-stop-celebrating-on-obamacare-figures).
Barrasso, the 4th ranking Senate Republican, mocked the Obama administration for holding an event at the White House this week to cheer new healthcare enrollment figures at a time when the law remains mostly unpopular nationally.

“It’s time for the White House to stop celebrating and start thinking about the people,” Barrasso said on the Senate floor on Wednesday.

I generally find Barrasso’s health care arguments odd, but if The Hill quoted him properly, this latest offensive is genuinely bizarre. When the White House “celebrates” millions of Americans gaining access to affordable medical care, they are, in reality, “thinking about the people.” That’s the point. They’re cheering good news for actual people.

The far-right senator reportedly added, “The Obama administration and every Democrat who voted for it should be embarrassed for it.”

Embarrassed by success?

Barrasso’s rhetoric on the ACA has been strange for quite a while. After learning about lower premiums (http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/very-different-kind-sticker-shock), the Wyoming Republican complained about the ACA increasing premiums. After learning about great enrollment totals, Barrasso, without proof, accused the administration of fraud (http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/aca-climbs-higher-gop-denial-digs-deeper).

But what’s striking about this latest broadside is Barrasso’s reluctance to deal with the facts as they exist. Instead of refuting the ACA’s recent successes (http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/aca-price-tag-continues-drop), the Senate Republican leader simply ignores them, as if the good news didn’t happen at all.

The Hill’s report concluded, “Barrasso is leading the Senate’s working group to create an ObamaCare alternative.”

Jim Mahan
03-12-2015, 05:13 PM
Barrasso is leading the Senate’s working group to create an ObamaCare alternative.

Which, if it ever actually shows up, won't be an actual alternative in the form of a new and better healthcare plan, not at all. It will be simply deregulate, defund, privatize, cut federal funding for social programs and institutions, raise the costs of it all, and tax cuts for the rich, and encouragement for the states to take of their own their way. A thousand points of light.

03-13-2015, 12:17 AM
Barasso is a doctor and a raving lunatic. When Sen. Craig Thomas died in office, the Republican state committee submitted three names to the Governor (Dave Freudenthal, a Democrat) and diabolic Dave chose Barasso because he was the biggest loser, hated even by most Republicans. But of course in the Wyoming Reich, no Republican is going to lose a statewide general election. So we're stuck with the POS.

03-13-2015, 02:08 AM
No, why?