Talk about hypocrisy. Perhaps the Republicans can’t seem to get a ObamaCare replacement bill passed because they themselves continue to benefit from the ACA’s various provisions, no matter how feverishly they would like to convince everyone who would listen about how evil the Affordable Care Act supposedly really is. No matter how hard they try, they just can’t erase the fact that the ACA continues to benefit tens of millions of people across the United States.
To be sure, their inability to erase such a fact doesn’t come from them not trying. Conservative pundit Tomi Lahren appeared this weekend at Politicon and spoke passionately about the “fact” that ObamaCare is in a death spiral.
Well guess what? In nearly the same breath that Lahren, parroting talking points from leading Republicans, decried the ACA’s “death spiral,” she admitted that she herself presently benefits from a key feature of the law, namely, that provision allowing people to stay on their parents’ health plans until the age of 26. Lahren, who is 24, admitted when asked about what health coverage she herself had by liberal comedienne and political commentator Chelsea Handler that she’s still on her parents’ health plan.
Handler and Lahren were participating in a public “conversation” at Politicon that stretched for around an hour. Lahren rose to prominence after she got kicked off the conservative news site known as The Blaze following espousing pro-choice views, but her former employer — Glenn Beck — eventually said her firing was a long time coming and not directly connected to her pro-choice views.
The exchange about health care came early in Handler and Lahren’s “conversation.” Handler pressed Lahren about the issue because the conservative commentator spoke highly of “limited government” but — unsurprisingly — didn’t address situations like that of national health care, where the government can step in and help people get covered who wouldn’t be otherwise.
Throughout their conversation, it quickly became clear that the difference between those on Lahren’s side and those on Handler’s side is that those with the former prioritize saving money while those with Handler prioritize “helping people” if they need it.
Handler eventually asked Lahren if she had a health plan, to which she replied:
‘Luckily, I am 24, so I am still on my parents’ plan.’
The crowd erupted in boos and jeers at that point, and Handler told them to cut it out and praised the conservative commentator’s “honesty.”
Check it out below.
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