2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a potential Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, joked today that some Republican governors probably want to secede from the United States. On a healthcare conference call organized by the Obama campaign, Salon asked O’Malley and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick if they anticipate that any of their Republican colleagues will try to get out of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, in light of yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling.
“Oh, I don’t know. I suppose, you know, some of our colleagues would like to get out of being members of the Union. So — and by that, I mean the United States. So I mean, who can predict what some of the ideologues on their side of aisle will choose,” O’Malley replied.
Obama’s healthcare law compelled states to expand their Medicaid rolls by threatening to withhold other Medicaid funds if they don’t comply. But Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion yesterday gave states more leeway to opt out, and several Republican governors have vowed to fight the expansion.
“For our part, we believe that by improving the health and wellness of our people, by bringing down healthcare costs long term, that makes our states more competitive for jobs and opportunities. So that’s what we’re going to do,” O’Malley said.
Alex Seitz-Wald is Salon's political reporter. Email him at email@example.com, and follow him on Twitter @aseitzwald.More Alex Seitz-Wald.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.
On March 21, 2010, the House voted to approve a healthcare bill intended to overhaul the system and guarantee Americans access to health insurance. The vote was 219 to 213. Problem solved? Hardly.