Do you have a family member who is a Republican member of Congress? If so, Kurt Eichenwald, senior writer for Newsweek, thinks you should die if he or she voted for the American Health Care Act (ACHA), otherwise colloquially known as Trumpcare.
In a series of tweets on Friday and Saturday, the contributing editor for Vanity Fair expressed his outrage over the passing of the legislation. When he was criticized by Twitter users over his malevolent language, he added that GOP lawmakers’ families should be “tortured.”
Eichenwald has since deleted the tweets, but as more people find out each day, the Internet is forever.
Here are some of his questionable comments:
As one w/ preexisting condition: I hope every GOPr who voted 4 Trumpcare sees a family member get a long term condition, lose insurance, & die.
Nobody tell me how to feel knowing if I lose my insurance, I’m dead. I want the GOPrs who support this to feel the pain in their own families. Because I want them to be tortured. GOPr only gain empathy when they are touched by the consequences, never before.
Sorry. They want to drink beer celebrating killing people? Then it should be their loved ones who die.
His last remark was later debunked. Vice’s Alexandra Jaffe tweeted that “Cases upon cases of beer just rolled into the Capitol on a cart covered in a sheet. Spotted Bud Light peeking out from the sheet.” The tweets went viral, and multiple liberal pundits and reporters tweeted their disgust by the act.
It turned out to be fake news. The Washington Examiner reported that the beer was for another event.
Back to the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. The MSNBC contributor issued a 482-word statement to The Daily Caller on Saturday. Eichenwald once again uttered the false beer report, referred to the DC’s Peter Hasson as a “smug little propagandist” and said his wife will now have to work until she is sixty-nine if he loses his insurance:
I want them to feel what millions of us are feeling tonight – fear, desperation, a knowledge that any moment could start the countdown to our deaths.
Eichenwald isn’t the only liberal journalist to lose his mind over Trumpcare.
Leftist commentator Keith Olbermann wants President Donald Trump and other Republicans who voted in favor of AHCA to “burn in hell”:
To Trump, and Ryan, and every so-called man and woman who voted for this medieval act, this barbarism, we know your names. We will destroy your careers; we will make you suffer. And like George F. Baer and the mine owners, if any of the religions of the world are correct, future generations will comfort themselves and move forward into the light, driven in part by knowing that you, Paul Ryan, and you, Donald Trump, are burning in hell.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) May 5, 2017
What Eichenwald, and others like Olbermann, fail to realize is that Trumpcare did pass the House but it is still not law yet. The legislation has not been heard in the Senate, where it is expected to either face multiple changes or die. This means the prophesied hellfire and brimstone have yet to arrive in the U.S.
Moreover, the AHCA is not a full repeal of Obamacare since it only trims around the edges – it keeps most of the regulations but eliminates the individual mandate.
The leftist media keep asserting three things: the bill is a full repeal of Obamacare, the government is getting out of the healthcare industry and the free market is taking over from the state. None of this is true. Despite talking tough for seven years, the GOP has not once considered the free market route.
Obamacare and Trumpcare share many similarities – you can say the biggest difference is the name.
You can’t utter this fact to the likes of Eichenwald and others who think the AHCA passage means the end of civilization and that every single transplant recipient or the impecunious will die tomorrow.
One can only imagine what would happen if the Republicans really did get rid of Obamacare.