A Texas Republican has an interesting reason why liberals should worry about the individual mandate being upheld by the Supreme Court this week. According to Rep. Louie Gohmert, if a “redneck” president gets elected, he might start mandating some rules under the guise of cutting health care costs, too.
“Let’s say you want to follow this administration’s idea of greatest good for the greatest number of people. It ought to scare liberals to come run and join conservatives, because what it means is when this president’s out of the White House and you get a conservative in there, if this president has the authority under ObamaCare … to trample on religious rights, then some redneck president’s got the right to say, ‘you know what, there’s some practices that go on in your house that cost people too much money and healthcare, so we’re going to have the right to rule over those as well.’ ”
Of course, it’s funny that Gohmert equates conservative and redneck, but that’s not really the problem with his argument. What’s really curious is what exactly a “redneck” president specifically would find that “costs too much money and healthcare” that would upset liberals. Is it gay sex, as Josh Marshall suggests?
Then again, this is the man who worried about Terror Babies, so perhaps we shouldn’t expect him to make sense.
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