3 Movie Metaphors To Explain Health Care Law Repeal
Members of the House, ever the master communicators, had their fair share of comparisons during Tuesday's House floor debates on a bill to overturn President Barack Obama's health care reform law. Here are three movie metaphors:
(Markey dropped another metaphor, calling repeated repeal efforts "Republican reflux," which presumably is a stand-in for acid reflux. "With Republican reflux, it's the American people who get burned," Markey said. Gross.)
Rep. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., compared the Republicans' arguments to the actions of a jealous mistress in the 1987 movie "Fatal Attraction." In the film, Glenn Close boiled the pet rabbit of her adulterous lover's daughter.
"The Republicans have finally hit their boil-the-bunny moment. Instead of listening to their inner Glenn Close" Republicans should be listening to the public, Murphy said.
"Dukes of Hazzard"
Rep. Phil Gingrey, a Georgia Republican, gets all sorts of points for referencing "Dukes of Hazzard," a 1970s television show (which got a reiteration in a 2005 movie, so yes, we're adding it to the movie metaphor list).
First, the reference is local -- the show is set in Georgia, Gingrey's home state. Secondly, the congressman used props, standing on the floor with an easel and a picture of Boss Hogg. And then he said that "Dukes of Hazzard" was "art."
"I would like to introduce you to Boss Hog [sic] from Hazzard County, Georgia. He used his position of authority to terrorize Georgia - with the help of henchmen like Roscoe P. Coltrane - in the 1970's television show The Dukes of Hazzard. Mr. Speaker, today life imitates art. We have another Boss in our midst - ObamaCare," Gingrey said.
Michael Catalini contributed to this post.