Ted Cruz Asks Facebook What It Thinks Of Obamacare, Facebook Obliges


Ted Cruz wanted evidence of the popular disgust and anger against Obamacare that he'ssure most Americans feel, so he posted a simple question to his FacesPlaces pages last week:

Quick poll: Obamacare was signed into law four years ago yesterday. Are you better off now than you were then?

Comment with YES or NO!

By gosh, he thought, this is going to be good... and it was. Just not in the way he thought it would be. Within days, there were tens of thousands of posts, and the majority appear to be variations on "Yes." Let's take a look at some of the top comments (no, we haven't read all 52,000-plus as of today).

And so on. Page after page of people telling their own stories of how the ACA has helped them, with, of course, some replies from Ted Cruz fans calling them socialists and the problem with America. There's a comment from the owner of a small business who likes the ACA because

Costs stopped climbing. I'm a small business guy and I don't have to worry because insurance companies can't drop us anymore.

There are a few replies like the woman who informs him that "When the government gives you something, they own you. This is not a good thing" or the guy who says the comment can't be from a small businessman, because all liberals are against small business -- which drew some trolling of its own:

im a liberal and the only thing i hate more than small business is a gun owner or people who speak english!!! garrrr!!! sharia law!! hail our muslim overlord obama!!!!!

(Send that guy a Wonkette subscription...) A few folks complain that since Obamacare passed, the cost of insurance has gone up some -- something that apparently never happened before in the history of prices -- and were met by others who noted just how much their total annual costs (premium + deductible) went down, and so on.

It's a pretty fun read -- and in our admittedly non-comprehensive look at the post, the comments in favor of Obamacare tended to be backed by personal experiences (though not all the time), while the anti-ACA comments tend to be about freedom and 700 billion dollar cuts to Medicare and $10,000 deductibles (which aren't even allowed under the ACA). There are a few details -- especially stories that sound like they may be from people who might have been eligible for expanded Medicaid but who live in states that refused, like the guy who says that his girlfriend only makes $12,000 a year but didn't qualify for a subsidized plan, and he's really mad at Obama for not making any cheaper insurance available.

And yes, yes, it's all anecdotal, not a reliable sample, but it's nonetheless fun to see Cruz get exactly the answers he wasn't looking for. Funny he didn't mention the responses to his "Quick poll" when he was telling Fox News this morning that America wants the ACA repealed.


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Surprise, everybody! As we suspected, the Trump administration knew about the horrifying family domestic abuse stories in Patrick Shanahan's history, and they were trying to push through his Defense Secretary nomination anyway. We didn't assume they knew because the Trump administration is so very good at vetting people -- it clearly isn't. But, considering the enormity of the story, the question that kept bothering us yesterday when the Shanahan news broke was HOW IN THE HELL DID THEY THINK THIS WOULD STAY SECRET?

CBS News reports:

President Trump said as he departed for Florida Tuesday that he had only learned of Shanahan's family issues for the first time "yesterday."

But that is apparently a lie, or at least we should assume it's a lie, because we should always assume Trump is lying about each and every thing he says, in general. Anyway, whether El Dipshit was personally told, Trump admin people say ayup, they knew all about it:

One senior administration official told CBS News the White House was aware of the incident involving Shanahan's son, but didn't know about the 2010 confrontation. Another official said the White House knew about the 2011 incident dating back to when Bill Shine was White House communications director.

In case you need a quick refresher, the "2010 confrontation" is alleged domestic violence between Shanahan and his ex-wife, whose name is now Kimberley Jordinson, which was detailed in their divorce papers. (The ex-wife was arrested, not Shanahan.) The "2011 incident" is the one where Shanahan's 17-year-old son beat the shit out of his mom -- that same ex-wife -- with a baseball bat and left her in a pool of her own blood, and Daddy appears to have gone to great lengths to cover it up.

As CBS reports, some senators have been very curious as to why they were never informed of this way back in 2017, when Shanahan was nominated to be the deputy secretary of Defense. (He was confirmed.) Did the White House know then? Did Shanahan conceal it from everybody? Is that where the White House vetting process -- which is, again, just awesome, obviously -- went all wrong?

Or does the Trump administration just not think the nominee getting mutually fisticuffy with his wife, and trying to mount a coverup for his son when that son bludgeoned that wife with a baseball bat, is so bad, especially when you are trying to staff your administration with The Best People?

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