Rep. Blackburn on health care: Some people like a ‘red Solo cup’

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is known for speaking her mind, and she did just that during a congressional hearing on Obamacare when she grilled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over the numerous health care policies lost due to the new guidelines.

“What do you say to 300,000 people in Florida you just mentioned, or to the 28,000 in Tennessee that cannot get health insurance?” Blackburn asked. “Their plans are terminated. Is [Obama] keeping his promise to them?”

Sebelius dismissed Blackburn’s comment.

“First of all, congresswoman, they can get health insurance,” Sebelius said. “They must be offered new plans, new options, either inside the marketplace, or if they don’t qualify for a financial subsidy, they can shop in or out of the marketplace.”

After Sebelius offered a rambling explanation, Blackburn talked about a couple in her district who lost an affordable insurance policy they liked due to the Affordable Health Care Act’s mandates.

“It’s what they wanted,” she said. “I will remind you: Some people like to drive a Ford and not a Ferrari, and some people like to drink out of a red Solo cup and not a crystal stem. You’re taking away their choice.”

Watch the exchange here:

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
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  • Veritas177

    The mealy-mouthed shifting around that oft made promise has simply become embarrassing. How can Sebelius’ answer possibly be interpreted as the President keeping his promise?

    • JerryLee

      I donno, but I betcha Democrats know how it can be interpreted as the President keeping his promise. They will defend him on anything! Ha ha ha!!!

    • crazymind99

      And we will find the death panels are really called life reassignment.

  • awakeawareomshanti

    “don’t do this to me” Sebelius.

  • Tom Jones

    this will do obama and the democrats in, so lets let it do it

  • JerryLee

    My red solo cup is just fine, thank you!

  • Arthur Ott

    Some people like to tell a lie and not a truth. Blackburn is one of those people.

    • Don Foss

      I don’t know where she lied, but we do know that Obama lied – to you, me, all of us. It’s an irrefutable fact that he’s done it on this issue, and if you don’t believe he has lied to you on several others…well, you’re simply a fool. So why does it bother you to believe a representative from Tennessee is lying to you, but you know the president is lying and yet that doesn’t bother you?

      • Arthur Ott
        • Don Foss

          Read it. Where’s the lie? Give me the quote. Interesting that you use an article from a far Left hate site that regularly projects Republicans’ thoughts and inner feelings by fringe columnists gifted with mind reading abilities, and daily has nothing but hate mongering and race-hustling for its Far Left nutters to munch on like the sheep they are. Meanwhile, we have Obama on record with blatant lies on one issue after another. Here again, Salon does verbal acrobatics trying to explain what the president really meant – not the actual words that came out of his mouth.

          So back to my question: Do you deny Obama has lied to us? And if not, why do you (seemingly) excuse his lies? I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt that you are a much smarter person than the sheep who get their news and form their opinions based on what they read at a hate site like Salon and the Joan Walshes and Alex Pareenes of the “journalistic” world, and that you can either admit that his lies bother the hell out of you, or that you think it’s perfectly fine for our president to lie to us because his ends justify the means, and you agree with his ends, so all’s fair no matter how he gets there – even using his bully puppet to lie to us, swindle us, deceive us, and treat us all like stupid sheep, if in the end it gets us all where he wants to take us. I’ll at least be able to respect you if you admit that you’re a far left fascist who openly supports Obama’s use of the presidency in this way.

  • albie43

    You people seem to forget, Obama is a liar and a coward. He appoints nothing but liars and cowards.