Rep. Steve King, the ultra-conservative GOP Congressman from Iowa, at a Tea Party rally on Tuesday stood in front of the U.S. Supreme Court and shouted, “Keep you law off my body!” Oh, the irony and hypocrisy are palpable. Remember, this is Rep. Steve King, definitely a pro-life, anti-choice, anti-gay Republican, who believes states can ban contraception, and who wants to legislate the idea that life begins at conception. No doubt he supports all those state transvaginal ultrasound bills designed to prevent abortions. This is the “Keep your government off my Medicare!” of 2012.
“There was a kind of ‘Freaky Friday’-meets-the-county-fair vibe outside the high court as King and other tea partying speakers not only appropriated the lingo of abortion rights, but at one point chanted ‘We! Are! The 99 percent!’,” wrote Melinda Henneberger at the Washington Post:
One of their major knocks on the bill on Tuesday was that it would ration diagnostic tests and treatment for women with breast cancer. “If you want to protect women’s health, knock down this law,’’ said Congressman Louie Gohmert, (R-Tex.) citing a constituent who he said had told him that the U.K.’s nationalized health-care system was responsible for her mother’s death of breast cancer.
As has been pointed out thousands of times, “Obamacare” mostly regulates private insurance companies, and nationalizes nothing, though it does expand Medicaid. But when I had breast cancer 10 and again 9 years ago, the “bureaucrats” employed by my private insurance company definitely did ration my care — and made me pay out-of-pocket for $26,000 of it, not that that figure is forever burned in my brain or anything.
Another conservative speaker referred to the bill as the “abortion pill mandate.”
“Socialism…socialism…socialism,’’ Bachmann seemed to be saying. And this: “We were told health-care costs would drop dramatically,’’ under ‘Obamacare,’ but just the opposite has happened.” Could that be because most of the bill hasn’t yet taken effect, and won’t for another two years?
The most surprising part of the pushback against the law for me, as the daughter of intense Republicans, is the part where conservatives hold high the banner of freeloader rights, claiming each American’s God-given and constitutionally guaranteed ability to fob our health-care costs off onto others.
But if the law is allowed to stand, Bachmann maintains, then the next thing we know, the government will be claiming it also has “the right to tell you you have to buy vegetables” — oh snap, Michelle Obama — “or a gym membership.”
In 2009, when his own state legalized same-sex marriage after the Supreme Court declared their constitutional ban was, well, unconstitutional, Steve King warned that Iowa would become a “gay marriage Mecca.” King also called same-sex marriage equality “a radical social idea” and, “a purely socialist concept.”
Rep. King, by the way, is pushing to make English the official language of the United States. Because, of course, there’s nothing better to do.
Here’s a video of a portion of King’s protest speech. Anyone care to debunk?
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