Scott Garrett

GOP Rep. Scott Garrett: Only 'One Or Two People' Were Uninsured Before Obamacare

Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., stopped by “Washington Watch” yesterday to discuss President Obama’s then-upcoming State of the Union address, and was particularly upset that the president would likely praise the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Garrett told host Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, that Obamacare was a disastrous failure and only helped the “few” Americans who lacked health insurance before it was put into effect. He predicted that the president, in his address, would point to “the one or two” people who gained insurance as a result of health care reform.

“If I were him, and what he would do, is probably pull out the one or two people in the country who didn’t have health insurance before and say, ‘Look, so and so here has it now and he didn’t have it then, and so and so didn’t have it before and now he has it then [sic],’” he said. “But the question is: Was Obamacare the best way to provide health insurance to those few people who did not have it before at the same time that millions of Americans suffered under the results of it?”

In fact, 17 million Americans have gained health insurance coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Via Mother Jones:

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 7/23/15

  • Donald Trump may run as a third party candidate if he fails to win the GOP nomination .... or maybe he won't. Who knows?
  • Russell Moore of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will interview Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio at a Southern Baptist Convention rally next month.
  • Rep. Scott Garrett of New Jersey is refusing to pay dues to the National Republican Congressional Committee because it sometimes supports gay Republican candidates.
  • Eagle Forum's Cathie Adams urges Republican presidential candidates to go after Planned Parenthood hard: "It is no different from something that I saw just a very few years ago in Dachau."
  • Finally, FRC prays against Planned Parenthood: "Please pray and encourage your friends to pray with great determination for the whole truth about Planned Parenthood to come out in these investigations. Pray that not only the selling of baby parts would stop, but also other serious wrongs that are perpetrated by PP abortion clinics every day. Pray also that Lawmakers will get serious about defunding this American evil and return all gifts they have received!"

Rep. Scott Garrett Wonders What Obama's 'Ulterior Motive' Is In GOP Shutdown

One of NewsMax host Steve Malzberg’s favorite guests is his very own congressman, Republican Rep. Scott Garrett, who reliably offers an official parrot to Malzberg’s right-wing musings.

On yesterday’s show, Malzberg had Garrett on to discuss the government shutdown and impending debt ceiling crisis, which Malzberg of course blamed on President Obama. The president, Malzberg insisted, “wouldn’t mind the devastation” that would come if the House GOP refused to raise the debt ceiling and throws the country into default. “I just think that this president doesn’t mind inflicting the pain he’s inflicted and wouldn’t mind inflicting the devastation that would come with not meeting the debt ceiling increase,” he said.

Garrett agreed, adding, “Throughout man’s history, there are those who will call good evil and evil good and those who will not speak the truth and claim it’s the truth, and that’s what you’re obviously hearing from Secretary Lew and the president on this as well.”

The congressman went on to insist that the secretary of the treasury “calm the markets” merely by announcing that a default wouldn’t be that bad.

“You really have to wonder what is, unfortunately, their ulterior motive here,” he added.

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