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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Allen West Defends Obamacare!

Representative Allen West, the troglodyte bomb-thrower of the Republican right, seems to be mellowing a bit.  He’s broken with many of his right-wing colleagues in finding some virtues in Obamacare, namely those features of the law that are the most popular, like keeping children on their parent’s health insurance plans until they reach 26 years of age, banning insurance companies from denying insurance because of pre-existing conditions, and closing the “donut hole” in Medicare’s prescription drug plan.  The problem, of course, is that without the mandate that forces healthy people to buy insurance or pay a fine, many people will only buy insurance when they get sick, driving rates to unsustainable highs.

Republicans think Obamacare’s bad,
They say it’s the worst law that we’ve ever had.
Get rid of it all, repeal it completely.
But now some say, wait, let’s do this discretely
There are a few parts that I like the best,
Says of all people, Representative West,
Let’s save just those parts and get rid of the rest.
There’s just one little problem, one little quirk,
Without the loathed mandate, it just doesn’t work.

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