Yesterday, Rep. Keith Ellison, (DFL-MN), appeared on ABC's This Week to spin the Democrats' storyline that people getting their hours cut is a positive thing. Frankly, Rep. Ellison's spin was dishonest because it was based on something that isn't true. Here's the transcript of Rep. Ellison's heated exchange with Republican Tom Cole:
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN): People might be able to cook dinner rather than having to order out and get some take home. The fact is that if Americans have more choices to open up the business they’ve been wanting to start, this is a good thing. If you look at comparisons, country by country, Americans work way more than the average industrialized countries around the world. And we may want to work at our work life balance and this gives us something.
Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK): Part of the reason Americans live better than people around the world, because they do want balance.
Rep. Keith Ellison: What about Germany? What about Denmark? What about… The fact is we need a better work-life balance. Ask a working mother if she could use a few more hours in a day.
Ellison's argument is based on something that isn't true. Rep. Ellison insists that the insurance sold through the health insurance exchanges is great insurance. That's provably false. There's a reason why people are staying away in droves.
It's known that young people aren't buying health insurance. If they were buying health insurance policies through Obamacare's exchanges, HHS wouldn't be spending tens of millions of dollars on a nationwide ad campaign targeting young healthies.
Next, ask your co-worker, your brother or sister, your neighbor or your friends if they're thankful that the Affordable Care Act requires 27-year-olds to buy a policy that includes ambulatory care. Ask them if they're thankful that the ACA's essential health benefits requires 60-year-old men to buy policies that have pregnancy care.
It isn't likely that a majority of people have a positive attitude towards the ACA's essential health benefits requirements.
This is another distressing statement from Rep. Ellison:
If you look at comparisons, country by country, Americans work way more than the average industrialized countries around the world. And we may want to work at our work life balance and this gives us something.
The United States didn't get to being the world's economic superpower by following the European economic model that Rep. Ellison is advocating in that statement. That isn't who Americans are. The fact that Rep. Ellison questions the American economic model brings Rep. Ellison's priorities into question.
Does Rep. Ellison think it's important for people to get government subsidies for health care? Or does he think it's more important to return to the economic principles that created the world's greatest economic superpower?
Based on this exchange and his voting history, it isn't a stretch to think Rep. Ellison thinks it isn't important to return to the economic principles that made America the world's greatest economic superpower.