And the freakout was not far behind. A former spokesman for the Michigan GOP suggested armed rebellion was the answer. I always love that. Conservatives seem to think they are somehow so patriotic that they can advocate shooting people? One Republican referred to the SCOTUS ruling as 9-11, because, you know, it is hard to tell the difference between a devastating terrorist attack and a court ruling that says people can have access to healthcare.
And that is the part that just blows me away. I hear conservatives everywhere talk about losing their freedoms, but I don't know what freedoms those are. It is harder to smoke in public, that is for sure, but I don't know that Obama or the Feds are pushing that. It is harder to scald yourself in the shower. You can't purchase a completely unsafe car as easily as you could before.
Everyone I hear bitching about the mandate already has healthcare and would not, for a minute, think seriously about not having insurance. Yet telling them they have to have it--for all the reasons that it actually works--is some kind of tyranny? The government has the ability to mine your data, tap your phones, and find out what books you check out--to say nothing of my key test case--torture people--yet somehow telling people to get healthcare is a start to Nazi Germany.
I honestly don't get it. And it isn't as if Republicans are serious about keeping government out of your life--at least if you are a woman. They support a lot of healthcare mandates. They don't have the least bit of a problem forcing a woman to undergo all sorts of medical intrusions if she has reproductive issues. They can deny her access to emergency contraception, can actually force her to have a transvaginal probe, or they can simply force her to give birth regardless of the situation.
I hate to break it to Republicans, but those stances are contrary to the idea of freedom.
Ultimately, where I no longer respect that side of the aisle is their complete willingness to be duped into stupid outrage. The Mandate came out of a conservative think tank, and until Freedom Works and others decided it was just what Hitler would do, was widely accepted in conservative circles. As we talked about here, if you poll people on the basics of the ACA, even Republicans support most of them--including the ban on preexisting conditions and lifetime cap--both of which are completely impossible without the mandate.
But my Republican friends will shout about freedom, and then go out to vote for someone who wants to restore our torture regime, and take away our healthcare. If any of that makes sense to you, then you must be a Tea Partier.