Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Co) held a Facebook teleconference meeting with constituents last night and when the discussion turned towards Obamacare, Perlmutter had an interesting theory on pre-diagnosed conditions of gun shot victims from the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado.
Via Revealing Politics:
PERLMUTTER: Affordable Care Act is in place. The Supreme Court approved its terms a couple, three weeks ago. And it will do some things that, in my opinion needed to be done. It will stop the discrimination against people with prior illnesses or injuries, or say some of the folks who were shot in the theater, they would be uninsurable now that they've had that wound, but under the affordable care act they can't be discriminated against starting in 2014.
This is the second time that Rep. Perlmutter has used the events in Colorado to push a political agenda. On July 22nd, just days after the shooting, Perlmutter appeared on CBS's Face the Nation. After Bob Schieffer brought up the issue of gun control to him, Perlmutter initially played lip service to the idea that now wasn't the time right before he launched into a tirade about the need to reinstitute the assault weapons ban:
PERLMUTTER: I think this is really a congressional issue that has to be dealt with. You know, should we reinstate the assault weapons ban, I think we should, and I think that's where it starts. We ought to be taking a look at how this guy was able to accumulate so much ammunition. He had enough ammunition for like a small army! This is, there's something wrong about that.
Perlmutter's willingness to politicize the tragic deaths of 13 people is a disgrace. I would call on him to apologize but I'm really not in the mood to hear another "I'm sorry if my words offended anyone who may have misunderstood me" apologies. So instead I'm going to donate $20 to the victims of the shooting and encourage you to do the same.