You could be forgiven for confusing the federal government’s two largest healthcare programs, Medicare (which benefits the elderly), and Medicaid (which benefits the poor), given how similar the names sound. It’s happened before, such as when California Representative Ted Lieu responded to Kellyanne Conway stating that “those on Medicaid who lose coverage can get jobs,” thinking that she was speaking about the elderly.
Though an honest mistake, it’s amusing to see such a smug response to an argument that Conway wasn’t making. We know from Lieu’s other tweets that he’s also capable of correctly spelling the names of the healthcare programs he’s defending. It’s not a high bar to clear, but Democrat Senator Maria Cantwell proved unequal to the task yesterday, railing against the Republican’s “War on MEDICAD” while engaging in her own war on spelling.
She spoke for about a minute and a half as the misspelled sign stood by her side, telling her constituents that “[“TrumpCare”] is a war on Medicaid. In my opinion, there are cost effective ways for us to continue access to health care.”
“I would hope that my colleagues would stop the focus on decapitation of cutting Medicare because it would throw so many people off the system,” she continued. “These are the problems I still see with this proposal to basically think that junk insurance will be the way for us to get insurance.”
Despite the error, footage from May in which she used a similar sign shows that her team was indeed capable of correctly spelling “Medicaid” two months ago.
She couldn’t be bothered to just use the same sign? Who knows what caused the mishap — but it’s probably been an embarrassing week for one of her interns.[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]