I haven't watched MSNBC in a while...or any political TV, for that matter.
I just got to the point where so many things had become so obvious - we're talking a mountain of evidence here and not a preponderance - that it takes a Boonstra level of pig-headedness to not see them. And yet, the Republicans are apparently holding their own in the polling.
So...whatever. I needed a break.
Just flicked through MSNBC to see Chris Hayes fighting with some Jennifer Screamlouderthanyou of Americans for Prosperity over Obamacare. Chris Hayes - he's usually pretty good. The woman was shouting and ranting absurdities, and to anyone who happened to catch the clip and knew nothing about ACA going in, she won.
She won because she had no idea of what she was talking about, and because she simply wore Chris out with the rant. She spouted the line that 7 million had lost insurance coverage (does that number go up every time the right-wingers shriek it?).
The conversation drifted to Medicaid Expansion, and Jennifer was apoplectic! She claimed that "If you raise it to 133% of the poverty level, it includes people making $94,000!!!!!!"
"These are the facts!" she kept yelping.
And now I was screaming. This is beyond bizarre. How do you have a SPOKESWOMAN for a major political action committee shrieking (and actually believing) such things?
We're doomed, I tell ya.
For the record, the $94,000 number has NOTHING to do with Medicaid Expansion. That is the 4-time-the-poverty level number for subsidies for a family of 4, I believe.
So she's shouting that 133% of the poverty level would include someone making $94,000 and somehow, in the tangle of idiotic ranting, Chris Hayes never gets around to actually correcting her.
She won. We're doomed. I can hardly bear to listen anymore.