The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent claims that Congressional Republicans’ threat to oppose a continuing budget resolution that includes Obamacare funding is “driven by pathological anti-Obamacare animus.”
Ezra Klein argues that Republicans are on a “kamikaze” mission and “have taken themselves hostage. They’re threatening to hurt themselves and their states and their voters and their most committed activists if Democrats don’t give them their way on Obamacare.”
The Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta takes President Obama’s phrase “ideological fixation” from his news conference last Friday and runs with it. Wrestling the GOP onto her psychoanalyst’s couch, she writes, “In 19th-century psychology, the idée fixe was understood as a close relative of monomania and obsessive-compulsion, often accompanied by symptoms of hysteria such as amnesia or anesthesia, the inability to feel. Idées fixes developed secondary to some sort of trauma or dislocation… The idée fixe, as such, was a neurotic symptom.”
If opposition to Obamacare is an actual mental disorder, does that mean Obamacare will pay to treat it?
Other left-leaning commentators have argued that Republicans’ opposition to Obamacare is literally insane:
- Washington Post reporters David Fahrenthold and Ed O’Keefe stated, of Congressional Republicans’ efforts to repeal or defund aspects of Obamacare, “Doing the same thing over and over again — and expecting a different result — is supposed to be the definition of insanity.”
- Forward Progressives huffed, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. That about sums up House Republicans.”
- In his piece “Why Trying to Defund Obamacare Is the Definition of Insanity,” Rick Moran labeled the pro-defunding crowd “nutty” and “crazy” and their quest to repeal Obamacare “madness” and “throw[ing] sanity to the winds”
- Pollways’ Amy Fried called legislators who oppose Obamacare “the paranoid caucus” and said their supporters are filled with “paranoid fears”
- Senator Sheldon Whitehouse labeled Obamacare opponents “paranoid,” before comparing them to sadist French revolutionaries laughing before executing their victims
- Gerald Seib claimed that those who oppose Obamacare betray their “schizophrenia”
At least liberals have moved on from claiming Obamacare opposition is driven by racism! That constitutes some sort of psychological progress, I guess.
Since we’re playing armchair psychiatrist, how about diagnosing left-wingers who offered notable commentary on Obamacare?
- Compulsive lying – Barack Obama: “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”
- Avoidant personality disorder – Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, when asked where the Constitution authorizes Obamacare’s individual mandate: “Are you serious? Are you serious?”
- Delusional jealousy – Senator Max Baucus: “[T]he wealthy are getting way, way too wealthy, and the middle income class is left behind… This legislation will have the effect of addressing that mal-distribution of income in America.”
- Paranoid personality disorder – Barack Obama: “There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there… These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation… If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to email@example.com.”
- Borderline personality disorder – Former Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Donald Berwick on Great Britain’s National Health Service: “I am romantic about the NHS; I love it. All I need to do to rediscover the romance is to look at health care in my own country… Those are my observations from far away – from an American fan, distant and starry-eyed.”
- Narcissistic personality disorder – Harry Reid: “Now that the legislation passed, it is amazing how much different people[’s] attitude is. I mean, traveling on an airplane people are so nice to me… We have people coming, sending me notes in church. ‘I have a disabled daughter. Thank you very much for taking care of her.’”
- Passive-aggressive personality disorder – Barack Obama: “Ultimately, I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”
- ADHD; brief reactive psychosis; learning disability – Representative Sheila Jackson Lee on the evils of repealing Obamacare: “Can you tell me what’s more unconstitutional than taking away from the people of America their Fifth Amendment rights, their Fourteenth Amendment rights, and the right to equal protection under the law?”
Behold the party of Occupy Wall Street drum circles, the Weather Underground, Obama cell phone lady, Anthony Weiner, and the above assortment of loony birds lecturing us on which party suffers from greater mental unbalance. Is that really a direction liberals want the national conversation to go in?
Previously published in modified form at Red Alert Politics
- Martha Burk: Taking Aim at Moms and Obamacare — Are Republicans Insane? (huffingtonpost.com)
- Rove, Lee spar on Obamacare (politico.com)
- House bill to defund Obamacare gains 100 cosponsors (breitbart.com)
- Cruz Bashes Dems, Republicans Who Oppose Defunding Obamacare (nationalreview.com)
- Jim DeMint and Mike Needham on Defunding Obamacare (heritageaction.com)