Mitch McConnell Tells Americans with No Healthcare, ‘You Aren’t an Issue’

Mitch McConnell admitted that Republicans don’t care if Americans don’t have healthcare by stating on Fox News Sunday that uninsured Americans aren’t an issue.

Here is the video:

Transcript via Think Progress:

WALLACE: One of the keys to ObamaCare is that it will extend insurance access to 30 million people who are now uninsured. In your replacement, how would you provide universal coverage?

MCCONNELL: Well first let me say the first single thing we can do for the American system is get rid of ObamaCare. … The single biggest direction we can take in terms of improving health care is to get rid of this monstrosity. […]

WALLACE: But you’re talking about repealing and replace, how would you provide universal coverage?

MCCONNELL: I’ll get to it in a minute. […]

WALLACE: I just want to ask, what specifically are you going to do to provide universal coverage to the 30 million people who are uninsured?

MCCONNELL: That is not the issue. The question is, how can you go step by step to improve the American health care system. … We’re not going to turn the American health care system into a Western European system.

McConnell advocated for modest reforms, and claimed that the Republicans want to take a scalpel to the American healthcare system, as he argued on behalf of the same tired ideas that Republicans always try to pass off as healthcare reform. McConnell pushed buying insurance across state lines and tort reform. The one common denominator in all the Republican solutions is that they will do nothing to insure more people.

Sen. McConnell frankly admitted that the Republican Party doesn’t care getting more Americans access to healthcare. The uninsured aren’t an issue. They don’t matter. In order to defend his position that the uninsured don’t really need healthcare, McConnell claimed several things that flat out weren’t true. McConnell claimed Obamacare kills jobs when in reality, it creates them. He stated that America has the best healthcare system in the world, when in reality the U.S. healthcare system is one of the worst in developed world. The U.S. system is 37th in the world. If this is what Republicans consider the best, then we now know what they mean by “American exceptionalism.”

Congressional Republicans are trying to revive their Obamacare lies because they are running out of time. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll found that after the Supreme Court ruling support for the ACA jumped 11 points with Independents and 5 points with Republicans. Overall, support for the law jumped 5 points from 43% to 48%. If the ACA crosses the threshold and is supported by a majority of Americans, Republicans will find themselves on the wrong side on another issue.

The GOP is motivating their base by reading from their book of Obamacare lies, but they are bringing nothing new to the table for everyone else. Voters heard all of this in 2009 and 2010. The GOP problems are being compounded by the fact that Democrats are taking advantage of their new chance to sell the law by explaining the good things in the ACA.

If Republicans want to campaign on healthcare instead of the economy and jobs, more power to them, they are more than welcome to adopt Mitch McConnell’s talking point that the uninsured don’t matter.

McConnell’s comments confirm that the American people come last in the minds of the Republican Party. That’s going to make one heck of a campaign slogan for Democrats in November.

22 Replies to “Mitch McConnell Tells Americans with No Healthcare, ‘You Aren’t an Issue’”

  1. The face of the GOP speaks again–and again shows their total lack of interest in doing what is best for our people.

  2. When even Chris Wallace is looking at you like you’ve grown a couple extra heads, you’re too far right for the American people.

  3. He cannot answer the question because he has no answer. They don’t care about the 30 million uninsured in this country. Never have, never will. They care for one thing and one thing only: defeating President Obama.

  4. Senator Bitch McConnell,come to Hazard and say that and see if you can get out of town in 1 piece,You will pay dearly for your Wall Street sucking when your next race starts in 2014

  5. Geez Mitch!!! Why not have a healthcare system that works as well as all the other industrialized nations except US???
    Is it because all you rethugnikans are busy kissing the butts of the corporations or is it because you like it that 53 per cent of our taxes go to the military.
    Retire and get lost you hypocritical dinosaur.

  6. Bitch McConnell just likes to hear his own voice…

    He has nothing to offer to anyone, especially the people of his own state but, that doesn’t stop him! Nope, he just keeps on feeding from the people’s trough on a daily basis using all the perks and bennie’s he can get his hands on for himself…as I said, he has nothing to offer anyone.

    But what I don’t get is his one-pointed obsession with Obama; never seen a politician so obsessed with another man…

  7. I find it funny how they can talk this way when they have full health coverage paid for by the American taxpayer.

    Maybe we should take away their health benefits, and while we are at it, take away their pensions too.
    Why should the American tax payer have to foot the bill for these clowns.
    How about term limitations since we are on a roll here, and how about when your term expires, you can no longer work in government.

  8. Many conservatives indignantly point out that the United States has the best medical care available anywhere in the world. Possibly true, but this totally misses the point.

    If people cannot afford to pay for health insurance coverage, let alone their own preventative medical treatment, then as far as medical care availability is concerned, there’s no there there.

    Of course, we all know the Republican Party’s position on health care reform:
    Phase 1 — kill the current legislation.
    Phase 2 — Status quo. Do nothing.

    The Congressional Republican version of health care insurance reform is the equivalent of vaporware. Long on nebulous generalizations laden with party ideology, short on substance and specifics.

    Even so, the GOP’s solutions are better … if you never get sick or injured, if you are extremely wealthy, or if you have a major financial stake in the private health insurance industry …

    Some conservatives self-servingly declare that “health care is a privilege, not a right”, essentially stating that if a person cannot afford preventative health care or insurance coverage, then they are simply taking up oxygen and deserve to die anyway. And if businesses are in danger of going bankrupt due to rising health care benefit costs, then they should eliminate all benefits — give the newfound savings to the stockholders and executives, as God intended it to be.

    30 million uninsured Americans? Not Mitch’s problem, since chances are that very few of these unfortunate souls vote for Republicans anyway.

  9. President Obama, elected to the Oval Office before his fiftieth birthday, is handsome, refined, well-spoken, and black, while Mitch… Damn, it just ain’t fair!

  10. It’s becoming clear that Emperor McConnell has no clothes when he says that the republicans will repeal the health care reform enacted by President Obama and a democratic congress and replace with it “something” the American people will love and accept. It’s clear that the American people already love and accept many parts of the health care reform law.

    The truth is more like the republicans never would accept any democratic president opening the hood of the health care clunker and doing a major overhaul of the system. This has always been their fear. And to make matters worse, it was a black president that did it. If the republicans continue on this path they will jump like lemmings over a steep cliff. This is ironic since it has always been the republicans hope to push the 30-40 million without health insurance over that same cliff.

  11. Serious editorializing and BS in that headline and this entire coverage.

    First off, McConnell is in my view a massive ass who has no consideration for anything but his own or his pals bottom line, so the last thing I want to do is defend him, but in this case the coverage you’re doing here is garbage.

    He said, paraphrased, that what they were going to replace the affordable care act with wasn’t the issue – as in, the issue currently being discussed. He did not as this article insinuates – nay, openly claims – say that the uninsured don’t matter.

    Only a raving moron could come to the conclusion that he did, and I’m frankly disappointed in this entire site when reading this malarkey. Easley needs to learn how to interpret actual human English speech without jumping to his own conclusions as to what’s being said.

    It’s damning enough for the GOP if you come to the conclusion that they have no plan (I personally believe that to be true) – the last thing we need is even more creative interpretation as to what was actually said, however.

  12. True to form, the GOP simply wants to obstruct as the Dems move to create solutions to problems. As a college professor said long ago, “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.” Voters will realize this before the November elections too.

  13. He is doing what he has done since President Obama was inaugurated, lie. He lies all the time. That has become the republican’s chief mode of operation lie so much that their lies become “common knowledge” among their supporters who obviously enjoy being misinformed.

  14. Mitch has morphed into George Wallace ( 2012 version ).Just as Wallace tried to deprive African Americans,equal access to education,Mitch is trying to nullify middle and lower income families from deriving the benefits of affordable health care. Which leads to the conclusion that Obama cares – and Romney & Mitch don’t.

  15. McConnells comments are pretty sanitized compared to what most rich Conservatives say about people who want the kind of affordable quality healthcare the McConnell “family” gets from the govt.

  16. Mitch McConnell and all the other GOP Congressmembers who walk in lockstep trying to destroy the president are beneath contempt. It’s not surprising that the number of uninsured Americans are not an issue with them, because they simply do NOT care. Now, they are vilifying Chief Justice John Roberts because his vote provided the majority on the US Supreme Court that upheld the president’s health care reform bill. It’s painfully obvious that they have no plan to replace what they want to repeal, because they never had any intention of making health care available to more Americans. It’s disheartening that they have a lot of low IQ parrots for supporters who spew nonsense to the effect that health care is a privilege, not a right.

  17. I just want some news program to actually ask these Repugnacans for citations on the bile they spew out. I can see McConnell now: “A-wha-what? You, you want me to source my argument now?”

    Hell, ask both sides to back stuff up with hard facts and watch the airwaves empty as nobody has anything to say anymore.

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