It’s almost as if getting 30 million Americans health insurance is worth fighting for.
Hopefully you know Luther, President Obama’s anger translator from Comedy Central’s fantastic Key & Peele show. He helps the president communicate subtext too subtle for many Americans:
In his weekly address, President Obama veered slightly toward Luther when discussing Republican attempts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act:
At first the president calmly discusses his plan for “a Better Bargain for the Middle Class.” But about two minutes in, the camera goes in for a closeup so he can discuss the GOP’s unprecedented attempts to sabotage the law.
You can see he’s angry. But the anger, as always, is subtle.
In case you missed it, I added some Luther IN BOLD.
Many Members of Congress, in both parties, are working hard to inform their constituents about these benefits, protections, and affordable plans.
LUTHER: BECAUSE THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO.
But there’s also a group of Republicans in Congress working hard to confuse people, and making empty promises that they’ll either shut down the health care law, or, if they don’t get their way, they’ll shut down the government.
LUTHER: THEY’RE TAKING ADVICE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS FROM NEWT GINGRICH, WHICH IS LIKE TAKING MARITAL ADVICE FROM NEWT GINGRICH.
Think about that.
LUTHER: I’LL WAIT. I’M ON VACATION.
They’re actually having a debate between hurting Americans who will no longer be denied affordable care just because they’ve been sick – and harming the economy and millions of Americans in the process.
LUTHER: I LIKED IT BETTER WHEN REPUBLICANS ONLY F*CKED UP THE ECONOMY ACCIDENTALLY.
And many Republicans are more concerned with how badly this debate will hurt them politically than they are with how badly it’ll hurt the country.
LUTHER: THEY DON’T WANT THOSE TEA PARTIERS ROLLING UP ON THEM IN THOSE MEDICARE SCOOTERS.
A lot of Republicans seem to believe that if they can gum up the works and make this law fail, they’ll somehow be sticking it to me. But they’d just be sticking it to you.
LUTHER: AND THEY’VE CUT ALL FUNDING FOR VASELINE.
Some even say that if you call their office with questions about the law, they’ll refuse to help. Call me old-fashioned – but that’s lousy constituent service.
LUTHER: CALL ME OLD FASHION. BUT I’D BUST INTO THEIR OFFICES LIKE I WAS JAMES O’KEEFE DOING “JOURNALISM.”
And it’s not what you deserve.
LUTHER: LIKE THEY GIVE A F*CK IF YOU GET HEALTH INSURANCE. THESE MUTHERF*CKERS DON’T EVEN WANT YOU TO VOTE.
Your health insurance isn’t something to play politics with.
LUTHER: THIS ISN’T A HILLARY CLINTON TV MOVIE, Y’ALL.
Our economy isn’t something to play politics with.
LUTHER: ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY WANT TO CUT FOOD STAMPS SO MITT ROMNEY CAN KEEP HIS TAX BREAKS AND BUY GUAM.
This isn’t a game. This is about the economic security of millions of families.
LUTHER: AND IF IT WERE A GAME, WATCH OUT FOR THESE POINTY ELBOWS ON THOSE REBOUNDS, TED CRUZ.
See, in the states where governors and legislatures and insurers are working together to implement this law properly – states like California, New York, Colorado and Maryland – competition and consumer choice are actually making insurance affordable.
LUTHER: NOTICE HOW ALL THE BLUE STATES ARE PLACES PEOPLE ACTUALLY WANT TO VISIT? WELL, EXCEPT MARYLAND.
So I’m going to keep doing everything in my power to make sure this law works as it’s supposed to. Because in the United States of America, health insurance isn’t a privilege – it is your right.
LUTHER: YOU KNOW RIGHTS? THOSE THINGS REPUBLICANS PRETEND TO CARE ABOUT WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT GUNS OR CHRISTMAS.
And we’re going to keep it that way.
LUTHER: BECAUSE I DON’T EVER HAVE TO RUN FOR ANYTHING EVER AGAIN.
Thanks. And have a great weekend.
LUTHER: NOW WATCH ME PLAY GOLF, RODEO CLOWNS.