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Tomi Lahren reveals she personally benefits from Obamacare, threatens John McCain for not repealing it

The right-wing provocateur proved at Politicon that she does not know how health insurance works


Taylor Link
July 30, 2017 2:12PM (UTC)

Right-wing firebrand Tomi Lahren offered her limited political insights at Politicon on Saturday in a debate with comedian Chelsea Handler. It was Lahren's harebrained comments on the current health care system in America that caught everyone's attention.

After trashing the Affordable Care Act as a failed law, Lahren revealed to the crowd that she had health insurance thanks to Obamacare.

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"Luckily, I am 24, so I am still on my parents plan," she said.

The ACA, of course, enabled young Americans under 26 years old to remain on their parents health insurance.

Lahren tried to argue that Obamacare was in a "death spiral," but did concede there were some good components of the health-care law.

"To say that there are things on Obamacare that are not positive, that's not true," she said. "Most Republicans, most conservatives, most Trump supporters don't believe every single tenant of Obamacare is bad."

While Lahren admitted that Obamacare wasn't all bad, that didn't stop her from threatening the Republican senators who refused to vote "yes" on the GOP's "skinny repeal" bill.

Speaking with TMZ this weekend, Lahren said that the three Republicans who blocked Obamacare repeal will have to answer for their sins.

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"There are a lot of America-first Trump supporters out there that are going to be looking at those who went against this and will remember them when it comes to midterm elections, when it comes to the election cycle," she said.

Her threats may be hollow, however, as Sen. Lisa Murkowski had just won her re-election in 2016 and Sen. Susan Collins is considering a gubernatorial bid in 2018. Sen. John McCain also was re-elected in 2016, likely his last six-year term in Congress.

Lahren was clearly displeased with the maverick senator's vote.

"I think that's what happens when you lose touch with your constituents," she said of McCain. "I think it was an attention grab . . .
He's going to have to answer to voters."


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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