Nancy Pelosi doubled down on her assertion that the Founding Fathers would have wanted Obamacare, by saying that it facilitates a kind of ‘liberation’ that they had envisioned. The liberation to ‘quit your job and become whatever’.
On Thursday, we reported that Pelosi had compared the healthcare bill to the Declaration of Independence, because it promotes mankind’s right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
I watched all seven episodes of the John Adams special on HBO, and I don’t recall any mention of healthcare as a fundamental human right.
And on the two-year anniversary of the bill that we had to pass in order to see what was in it, Pelosi joined Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and James Clyburn (D-SC) to celebrate and add a new special bit of incoherence.
Via CNS News:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that Obamacare facilitates the type of “liberation” that the “Founders had in mind” because it allows you to quit your job and become a “photographer,” a “writer,” a “musician”–or “whatever.”
“As you hear from these stories, this is a liberation,” Pelosi said at a Capitol Hill news conference Thursday.
“This is what our founders had in mind–ever expanding opportunity for people.
“You want to be a photographer or a writer or a musician, whatever — an artist, you want to be self-employed, if you want to start a business, you want to change jobs, you no longer are prohibited from doing that because you can’t have access to health care, especially because you do not want to put your family at risk,” she said.
Wait, what about a Cowboy Poet? Does it allow you to quit your job and do that? If so, I’m down …
Personally, having spoken about quitting your job to just go and do whatever, I think Ms. Pelosi got confused over whether she was talking about healthcare or the Occupy Wall Street vagrants.
I wonder if our founding fathers, prior to signing the Declaration ever said, ‘we have to sign this, so you can find out what’s in it.’ Wait, no?
Via The Hill:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday evening that the 2010 healthcare law, which prompted complaints from conservatives that Democrats far exceeded their constitutional authority, actually helps people meet the goal outlined in the Declaration of Independence, which promotes mankind’s rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Speaking on the House floor, Pelosi called on her colleagues to remember “what our founders put forth in our founding documents, which is life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And that is exactly what the Affordable Care Act helps to guarantee.”
Pelosi explained that the law gives people the flexibility they need to pursue these goals, since it makes it easier for them to switch jobs in order to pursue their career or family goals.
“A healthier life, the liberty to pursue happiness, free of the constraints that lack of healthcare might provide to a family,” she said. “If you want to be photographer, a writer, an artist, a musician, you can do so. If you what to start a business, if you want to change jobs, under the Affordable Care Act, you have that liberty to pursue your happiness.”
And so that is why I’m so pleased that this week we can celebrate the two-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.”