From the beginning, it has always been Dumb Ron Johnson for me. He ran to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He didn't know the old "free market" system killed and bankrupted people. Reform seemed like a good option, especially when it guaranteed preventive care and treating preexisting conditions. The horror. You've got to be pretty dumb to object to that.
By the way, a Texas case is about to blowup preventive care. I'm not kidding. This is the next big fight:
One guy doesn't want Preventive care such as birth control, anti-HIV medicine, colonoscopy, preventive vaccines, so he challenged ACA in Texas lawsuit. MAGA judges and Supreme Court want to bring back denial of services. https://t.co/xzkfsvGybc— John Peterson (@democurmudgeon) August 9, 2022
This midterm, Johnson is now a MAGA spewing empty vessel, attacking Democrats for every wholly created fake problem his fellow bottom feeders have created. Trashing and talking down America, for them, is uplifting and energizing.
Johnson's Wishful Inflation Fantasy: Johnson likes the word "probably," a lot, like the current Senate deal that will "probably" increase inflation? Hey, he's just asking questions that suggest the worst-case scenario. It's a common tactic:
Biden, like Obama, is hearing the same Republican trash talk about he caused the COVID economic recession. Republicans did this with the Great Recession. Republicans have never acknowledged how COVID gave us supply chain problems, shortages, and an oversupply of gasoline due to business shutdowns.
Johnson admits Republican want to End Medicare and Social Security: Ron Johnson may be dumb, but he knows the Senate is a place where legislation dies, so why not kill Social Security and Medicare the same way, or at least poison pill the programs so they can't pass.
On the same day Johnson reverses course and supports a bill to expand health benefits to veterans, he indicates a willingness to make all benefits discretionary—translation: left to whims of politicians having to vote each year to leave alone, expand, or slash. https://t.co/zVXjs3xXva— UpNorthNews (@UpNorthNewsWI) August 2, 2022
Johnson previously expressed support for a plan by colleague Sen. Rick Scott (R-Florida) that also would have forced Medicare and Social Security to face elimination,
“Putting Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block is literally the only concrete economic idea I’ve heard from Republicans in Congress this year. Rick Scott, the RSC, Ron Johnson. But of course they’d never do it, like they’d never overturn Roe,” said Jesse Lee, a senior advisor to the National Economic Council. The NEC advises the president on economic policy, and is part of the White House.Rep. Mark Pocan framed it this way:
“You know that money you’ve paid all your life out of your paycheck for Social Security & Medicare? @SenRonJohnson wants to steal your money and potentially cut benefits from both. That’s a more extreme position than almost anyone in the U.S. Senate.”Johnson said Health Care is a Privilege: Johnson became a Senator so he could repeal the ACA. Like all Republicans, Johnson wants politicians to make medical decisions:
JOHNSON: “What drives me nuts is when I’m challenged by medical experts. [Laughs] Okay, show me the data. The one that’s driving me nuts right now is this sudden adult death syndrome.”
Romney said of Obama voters back in 2012, “There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. These are people who pay no income tax.”
These MAGA Republicans voted against capping insulin at $35 a month. Shameful. pic.twitter.com/r55URHeCy1— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) August 7, 2022
Remember today, that health care is gov "welfare," a totally optional thing for the privileged. Make 'em work for it... pic.twitter.com/SDBTx1sdEa— John Peterson (@democurmudgeon) August 9, 2022
In March of 2021, additional funds were appropriated through the American Rescue Plan Act.Here's a summary of Johnson's response;
The "radical leftism, "complicit and corrupt media (Johnson is saying this on conservative only AM talk media)," "people who want to fundamentally transform this country," "open borders," "record gasoline prices" etc.
Wonder what those frightening "dystopian" liberal policies were? How about affordable health care and drugs, abortion rights, clean non-cancerous drinking water and air, professionally researched educational reform guiding our public schools, passing well established successful gun regulations that work in other countries, clean wind and solar energy, move to electric vehicles, updating infrastructure and government software, setting up a basic standardized federal election system and getting dark money out. It all seems pretty normal.