Conservative firebrand Tomi Lahren is being called a hypocrite after saying she opposes the Affordable Care Act despite personally benefitting from Barack Obama’s major domestic policy achievement.
During the Politicon event this past weekend, Lahren had a one-on-one “debate” with comedian Chelsea Handler, in which the 24-year-old admitted she was on her parents’ health insurance. This is thanks to the Affordable Care Act, which allows people to stay on their parents’ health insurance policies until they’re 26. Lahren tried to defend herself by claiming that she could survive if the legislation no longer existed. “Now for me, if that were taken away from me, I’m okay, I don’t need it,” she said. “If it is to the betterment of a free-market system and healthcare is going to be better for it, I’m okay with that.”
Lahren then tried to backtrack and claim she only opposed certain parts of Obamacare, specifically Medicaid, a government initiative that provides healthcare to low-income people. It’s also a program that Lahren conveniently doesn’t use. “If you can get your health care free and you can be subsidized, why would you work?” she attempted to argue. “There are other entitlements that help them there as well. That is the problem to me with the overgrown entitlement state.”
According to the program’s May 2017 data, almost 69 million Americans are enrolled in Medicaid, while 5.7 million children are enrolled in CHIP, which provides health care to minors. The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that in Lahren’s home state of South Dakota, over 119,000 people — roughly 13 percent of the state’s population — are on Medicaid.
Lahren rose to prominence as a conservative commentator on Glenn Beck’s network TheBlaze, where she compared Black Lives Matter to the Ku Klux Klan, called Women’s March protesters “sore losers,” and referred to abortion as “murdering a fetus” — in addition to opposing the Affordable Care Act. Lahren was unceremoniously fired from TheBlaze in March one week after admitting on The View that she is pro-choice. She later sued the network for wrongful termination.
You can check out more of the 50-minute conversation between Lahren and Handler below.
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