Posted by: Donna
I was on the panel of Sunday Square Off and the topic was the “disastrous” Obamacare rollout, naturally. As usual it was me facing off against two Republican guys. Here’s the link. Unfortunately, embedded videos from azcentral.com open the sound file instantly so I won’t subject you to that.
I rarely watch my appearances on the show after they’re taped because I’m middle-aged and fat and my hair usually looks like a Chia Pet because I don’t want to get up at 5 a.m. to style it (I’m a night person, y’all). There’s also the aforementioned situation of being on the panel with two Republican men. So I generally drive away from the studio feeling like I let the liberal movement down, what with my tonsorial shortcomings and inability to overcome a barrage of right wing rhetoric and mansplaining in the short time I’m given to make my points.
This last time, however, I was pleased with my performance, despite my hair looking like crap. We only had two topics to discuss on the panel and the main one was Obamacare. I went into the studio having already decided I was having none of the mansplaining nonsense. I was in no mood. Now, I’m no Rachel Maddow, nor am I a seasoned pundit, but I’m happy to report that I didn’t take the bait and simply explained how Obamacare will help nearly a million uninsured Arizonans such as myself obtain health coverage. This forced one of the Republicans on the panel, Chip Scutari, to admit that the Republicans don’t have an alternative to offer. Matt Benson, the other Republican, got right back on script and claimed that the GOP is so confused! about Obamacare that they cannot possibly do anything but obstruct it. It would be great to have a discussion with Republicans about how to fix the flaws with the rollout and improve the efficacy of the ACA but they’re clearly not interested in having that discussion so I’m not bothering.
I got some feedback after the show aired by liberals who pointed out how some of the problems are the result of policy choices made by the Obama administration and they are right but I don’t see how joining Republicans in trashmouthing the law is going to take things in a more liberal direction at this point. The law is passed and Republicans aren’t the only ones who lost. Progressives lost too, in that we didn’t get some things that were really important to us (such as the public option) in the final bill. That sucks, it truly does, but I don’t want to go back to what we had before.
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