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Senate Floor Snafu: Democrat Makes Embarrassing Error While Bashing GOP Over Health Care

If you’re going to walk around tossing rocks, it’s a good idea to make sure you have all of your ducks in a row back at your glass house. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) is familiar with that principle right about now, as she made an embarrassing gaffe while attempting to bash members of the GOP.

Cantwell has been an outspoken critic of Republican efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare, but she felt the need to use some visual aids for her latest round of stone tossing. She neglected to proofread her own visual aids. Needless to say, her criticisms turned into white noise from that point.

As Fox News Insider shares, things started out ok when she held up a big placard reading "Junk Insurance," but things fell apart soon thereafter. She was attempting to drive home the point that she wants to prevent cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, and she apparently felt that words weren’t going to do the trick.

“However, when she moved on to the next poster, it contained a somewhat glaring error. The placard that followed read 'WAR ON MEDICAD' (sic) in bright yellow letters,” FNI reports. “Cantwell appeared not to notice as she stood next to the easel and said Republicans' plan would throw many people off of their health care plans.”

Mistakes happen, but it made for a pretty startling visual, to say the least. If you’re going to stand up and preach to others about the errors of their ways and views, it’s a really good idea to make sure that you have all of your own I’s dotted and T’s crossed. Failure to do so makes your argument look sloppy and hasty, and it can be tough for others to take it seriously from that point.

That may seem like a pretty big nit to pick, but that’s the reality - especially when we’re talking about a contentious topic that affects millions of Americans. If Cantwell can’t get the spelling of the word ‘Medicaid’ down without issue, how are we to know if the information she’s spouting off about is correct? The answer is that we don’t.

That’s a shame for Cantwell, as it looks like it’s an issue she’s passionate about. She’s held a number of town halls back in her home state to discuss health care and other issues, and she has plans in the works to hold even more.

“It’s a jump ball and we have to fight,” she notes.

Fair point, but can we stop with the fighting and bickering long enough to come up with a real solution that actually benefits all voters? Something that doesn’t further enrich the insurance companies would be stellar as well, as long as we’re compiling a wish list.

As for Cantwell, she should recover from the gaffe before too long, but perhaps she can drop the visual aid schtick. The average American voter is far more intelligent than members of Congress realize, and they don’t need visual aids to let them know that health insurance is broken and in dire need of repair.

Source: Fox News Insider, Seattle Times
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