It’s taken all of half an hour for congressional Republicans to begin what’s likely to be a lengthy attack against the extremely low Obamacare enrollment numbers. House Speaker John Boehner shot out a press release calling the numbers report “a symbol of the failure of the president’s health care law” and a “rolling calamity that must be scrapped.”
Others were a bit more off-beat. Take the two highlights of the GOP Texas caucus, Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Steve Stockman:
106,185 people enrolled in Obamacare. 108,713 attended the 2010 NBA All-Star Game in Cowboys Stadium. #FullRepeal— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) November 13, 2013
Only 106,185 have signed up for Obamacare so far. The XFL drew a total of 936,392 fans. Can Obamacare outperform the XFL?— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) November 13, 2013
OK, those are all definitely a bunch of numbers. But how exactly can sports audiences compare to people who have enrolled in the Affordable Care Act in October?
Let’s try to sort it out. There was an XFL* star best known as “He Hate Me,” and for sure a lot of people aren’t too into Obamacare. And Dwayne Wade was the MVP of the 2010 NBA All-Star game, and that guy is great at getting hurt.
Otherwise, we’re drawing blanks. But we’re just minutes away from the enrollment numbers rollout. So expect to see more on this theme soon.
*For those of you who don’t know: the XFL was a poorly conceived football league that was the brainchild of the WWE’s Vince McMahon. It lasted one season.
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After spending a few minutes re-litigating the Democratic primary, Donald Trump turned his focus to Obamacare. “I inherited a mess, believe me. We also inherited a failed healthcare law that threatens our medical system with absolute and total catastrophe” he said. “I’ve been watching and nobody says it, but Obamacare doesn’t work.” He finished, "so we're going to repeal and replace Obamacare."
Donald Trump lobbed his first attack at the “dishonest media” about a minute into his speech, saying that the media would not appropriately cover the standing ovation that he received. “We are fighting the fake news,” he said, before doubling down on his previous claim that the press is “the enemy of the people." However, he made a distinction, saying that he doesn't think all media is the enemy, just the "fake news."
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