Republicans' Newest Attempt to Deflect Criticism of Their Health Care Bill Prompts Progressive Rebuttal
While Senate Republicans continue dodging constituents, a new GOP attack ad aims to deflect criticism of their wildly unpopular health care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act.
"Where's your plan?" the Republican National Committee asks Senate Democrats, including Massachusetts' Elizabeth Warren, West Virginia's Joe Manchin, Minnesota's Al Franken, and Virginia's Mark Warner. The ad includes clips of 2016 candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders saying they aim to fix Obamacare. Conveniently, they ad cuts them off before they can explain how.
"First of all, the Democrats did have a plan—it was called Obamacare," opened "Young Turks" host Cenk Uygur on Wednesday. "So, that's the thing you're trying to replace now, so it's a weird thing to say 'where is your plan to replace your plan?'"
"If Obamacare doesn't cover everybody, then the only solution is to kick 22 million people off of Obamacare," co-host John Iadarola deadpanned.
Bernie Sanders, now a prominent target for Republicans, is featured prominently in the spot—this despite the fact that he identifies as an Independent and has offered a coherent and hugely popular health care plan of his own.
"You're going to be shocked to find out Bernie Sanders does have a plan," quipped Uygur. "Bernie Sanders is in favor of Medicare for all. Elizabeth Warren has also said she is in favor of single-payer."
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton offered this biting response on Twitter:
Right here. Includes radical provisions like how not to kick 23 mil ppl off their coverage. Feel free to run w/it.… https://t.co/tpWoSv7CST— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1499285348.0