Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) with one of the more ridiculous reactions to the Supreme Court ruling yesterday:
“This is a crushing blow to freedom and an absolute insult to the dignity of all Americans. I am deeply disappointed in the Supreme Court for giving the government the authority to force citizens to buy a product. I believe this encroachment of government is unconstitutional and offensive. It puts the life and death health decisions of our families and loved ones in the hands of Washington Bureaucrats. We don’t want the compassion of the IRS or the efficiency of the DMV in our healthcare system… Now we must work tirelessly to continue defunding and destroying the monster that is Obamacare.”
Okay, I choose to not buy ICBMs and white phosphorous bombs (products manufactured by private companies), oil companies (a product subsidized with our tax dollars), and, for that matter, anything that happens in Missouri, including Todd Akin’s salary and healthcare benefits. Because my tax money is being used to buy things from private companies and profiteers every damn day — things that Republicans heartily approve of. But affordable health insurance is a step too far for these wackaloons. Okay. Maybe they should talk with Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole, Mitt Romney, Bob Bennett and Chuck Grassley — the Republicans who invented the mandate.