The GOP is the party that claims Democrats are dead wrong about everything, that Dems are destroying our country, shredding the Constitution, killing grandma, and running American into the ground.
This is the party that inappropriately and awkwardly shouts "You lie!" and "Hell no!"
This is also the party that cannot answer a simple question about health care reform.
AJC editors and columnists just finished a pretty wide-ranging 80-minute interview with Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and I took the opportunity to ask a question that had been nagging at me for a while. [...]
[H]ow are the Republicans going to cover pre-existing conditions?
“The premiums are going up either way,” he [McConnell] said.
OK, I responded, a little stunned. That doesn’t explain how the Republicans intend to cover pre-existing conditions.
“The premiums are going up either way,” he repeated.
That was that. We moved on, and I still don’t have my answer.
Good response, Mitch McNoLips!
Except for the part where he didn't respond.
If those with pre-existing conditions will be protected, the mandate is necessary to keep costs from spiraling and to prevent the "free rider" problem. [...]
After over a year of debate about health care policy, two leading Senate Republicans, including the Senate Minority Leader, can't speak intelligently about the basics. Bookman didn't throw a curve ball at them [...]
They want protections for those with pre-existing conditions, and want to eliminate the mandate, but asked how that could work, these experienced senators have no idea how to even begin answering the question. [...]
[I]f anyone dares to scratch the surface, even a little, they're completely lost.
It's all about the talking points, drumming non-answers into the uninformed electorate's heads, ignoring facts, smearing, belittling Democratic victories, lying about Democratic policy, ignoring the truth, and being utterly unable to justify their own arguments.
Jay Bookman cornered them, Steve Benen nailed them, and it's time we expose them for what they are... and aren't.
This story needs to get out, and be repeated and repeated.
H/t: Rachel Maddow via Twitter, who will hopefully cover this tonight on her show.