Tuesday, March 14, 2017

ISBL Asshat of the Week: Republican John Shimkus

I’m not one of those people who think all Republicans are stupid, but I find my argument questionable when I read things like Congressman John Shimkus opening his yap and the stupid spilling out everywhere.

During a session of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Democratic Representative Michael Doyle was talking with Republican Representative John Shimkus about Shimkus’s objections to the ACA—and, yes, for some of you who still don’t get it, ACA is Obamacare—requirements for health-insurance plans.

As a reminder, Obama’s healthcare law ordered that all health plans cover certain essential health benefits, such as doctor visits, hospital care and prescription drugs and required plans to cover pregnancy and childbirth. That’s where the fireworks started in the Energy and Commerce Committee. Doyle asked:
“What mandate in the Obamacare bill does he take issue with?”
And then it happened ... Republican Representative Shimkus proved to the world that he is an asshat of epic proportions by asking:
“What about men having to purchase prenatal care? Is that not correct? And should they?”
And so this is where I begin to wonder if you’re dumb because you’re a Republican or if you’re a Republican because you’re dumb:

The Affordable Care Act—Obamacare—does not want insurers to be able to discriminate against women, and it goes both ways; under Obamacare, women pay for basic services that benefit men such as prostate cancer tests and a preventative service that checks older men who have smoked for abdominal aortic aneurysms.

And, as Mike Doyle spelled out for Shimkus:
“There’s no such thing as à la carte insurance, John.”
I guess this is where we realize that ______ may have been r ... r ... r... not wrong, when he said “Who knew health care could be so complicated?”

Certainly not John Shimkus—whose name, I believe, is from the Hebrew for “dumb ass man”—the ISBL Asshat of the Week.

6 comments:

Mitchell is Moving said...

Sadly, you could do an "Asshat of the Day" and still not be able to keep up.

anne marie in philly said...

I second mitchell. and sorry, but ALL GOPricks are stupid; no two ways around it.

the dogs' mother said...

I thirdly Mitchell :-)

Helen Lashbrook said...

And this is a different GOPPER from the one who suggested a tax on the sun!

Toni said...

How about Asshat of the Hour? I know they wouldn't get their full worth of shame but it would help us keep up with the scum.

Sadie J said...

I live in his district and it's sad that we can't get rid of him. But the southern half of the state is heavily repub. Hopefully, this will be the push we need to shove him out.