William Barr on the DOJ’s attempt to destroy the ACA and leave 20 million Americans without health care

[William Barr, looking like an actor auditioning for an Alka-Seltzer ad spot, testifies before the House Appropriations Committee.]

Generally speaking, it is the job of the U.S. Department of Justice to defend the laws of the United States. This, however, is not the case with Donald Trump’s Department of Justice, which is actively engaged in a partisan campaign to destroy the Affordable Care Act and its life-saving protections for people with preexisting conditions. Today, Attorney General William Barr, who was on Capital Hill to discuss the proposed Department of Justice budget, was asked by Democratic Representative Matt Cartwright why the DOJ, under his direction, was committing resources to the fight to see the ACA ruled unconstitutional… a move which, I should add, would rip health coverage from approximately 20 million Americans. Barr, like an asshole, responded by essentially saying, ‘If you think think what we’re doing is so bad, you shouldn’t worry about it, as we won’t prevail in court.’ Here’s the video.

I know, on a day when Barr also told members of the House Appropriations Committee that he had no intention of sharing an unreacted copy of the Mueller report with Congress, and refused to say whether or not he’d already given a copy to the Trump administration, this exchange on health care isn’t likely to get much attention, but it’s incredibly important. The American people need to know that Barr’s DOJ is actively working to eliminate protections for people with preexisting conditions, and roll back the Medicare expansion that brought health care to so many. It’s absolutely unconscionable… And, no, I don’t believe Donald Trump when he says that he’ll present the American people with “truly great” health care once the ACA has been destroyed, and he’s reelected. He’s been promising a magical health care plan — one that covers everyone, and costs less than the ACA — since 2010, but we’ve yet to see it. It doesn’t exist, and it never will. And every Republican in Congress knows it… but yet they continue to play along.

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  1. iRobert
    Posted April 9, 2019 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Republicans always warp government agencies into weapons to use against their perceived enemies. They can’t imagine these entities serve any important function otherwise.

  2. EOS
    Posted April 9, 2019 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Wait for the IG indictments…. You can’t delete subpoenaed emails.

  3. EOS
    Posted April 9, 2019 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    700 people working for Horowitz for years. This is just the top of the iceberg.

  4. Sad
    Posted April 9, 2019 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    That’s great EOS. Take out the whole bunch.

    Do you really not see the similarities between Mr. Trump and Mr. Buttigieg?

  5. EOS
    Posted April 9, 2019 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    The news of the day was William Barr’s reference to Clinton’s destruction of evidence and to the coordinated effort to enact a coup to overturn election results and the FBI’s complicity.

  6. iRobert
    Posted April 9, 2019 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Can you do us a big favor, EOS, and provide some links to this stuff. We’re very lazy here. We need links.

  7. Sad
    Posted April 9, 2019 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Please tell me Bernie and Biden are implicated EOS? Please?

  8. iRobert
    Posted April 9, 2019 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    EOS is such a tease.

  9. EOS
    Posted April 9, 2019 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Biden is implicated.

  10. Sad
    Posted April 9, 2019 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    This could explain why Mayor Pete withdrew himself from consideration to be the chair of the DNC ?

    Wait. Was Biden at Comet pizza?

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