Really, Sen. John Thune? Really?

As the Supreme Court prepares to issue a ruling in the case where conservatives are trying to kill the subsidies for health insurance purchases through the federal health care exchanges, Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota) tweeted one of the most jaw-dropping bits of dishonesty you’ll ever see:

Wait, what? Those six million people are only at risk of losing their health care subsidies because of you and your fellow Republicans, Sen. Thune. When Twitter users rightly hammered him for this astonishingly disingenuous statement and told him that Republicans could fix that problem with a single line change in the law even if the Supreme Court rules in his favor, Thune replied:

And my former colleague Dave Weigel pointed out the obvious:

The chutzpah of these people is amazing. “Hey, we’re gonna kill this subsidy that will eliminate health care for six million people, then we’re going to blame you for the failure of the bill to get health insurance for those six million people.” In related news, why are you hitting yourself? Come on, why are you hitting yourself? It’s like they’re 9 years old.

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  • Modusoperandi

    Look, we all know that it’s Obama’s fault that those people will lose their heathcare. I don’t see why you’re trying to blame us Republicans for that. We never thought they should’ve had it in the first place.

  • tsig

    That is not-stomp,stomp- our boot-stomp- stamping you in the face-stomp, stomp, stomp.

  • scienceavenger

    And don’t forget it’s Obama’s responsibility to have a Plan B ready if they succeed in killing Plan A.

  • hunter

    It’s called “dodging and weaving,” and Republicans are really good at it.

  • laurentweppe

    It’s like they’re 9 years old.

    Indeed: they’re pretty much schoolyard bullies in expansive suits.

  • Artor

    I’d like to imagine that the Teabaggers will manage to repeal Obamacare, but now that he doesn’t have to worry about reelection, he’ll sign an executive order and institute single-payer health care.

    But then I remember how well Obama has done at actually being a progressive, and I wake up.

  • left0ver1under

    Thune “thinks” he can make it up as he goes along, and that everyone else “thinks” the same way, that no one will – or should – fact check him. And then he’s surprised and offended when people do….

  • Anri

    I said this some time ago, and it hasn’t been wrong yet: when the rightists indelibly attached the name “Obamacare” to the ACA, they created President Obama’s legacy for him. Having done that, they must now bend all of their energy towards making certain it is a negative legacy… which is difficult. The ACA is certainly not as progressive as it could have been or should have been, but it was a hell of a step away from the wrong direction, at least.

    I’m fairly confident that in 20 years, the Liars for the Right will be claiming it as their own.

  • tfkreference

    My favorite debate moment was when Romney apologized for calling it Obamacare, and Obama said that he liked the name. Later in the debate, Romney tried to deliver an obviously planned zinger that relied on saying “Obamacare,” and it fizzled out.

    There’s nothing like taking ownership of a word when you want to change its connotation.