GLENN: Why is everybody talking about the NFL today?
There's a really simple answer to this: To get you to stop talking about health insurance that will be unaffordable for half of the country next year.
This is what's coming your way. The Senate has until the end of the week to stop this from happening. But the Graham-Cassidy hail Mary looks like it's already doomed to failure because of John McCain. Ted Cruz has already come out and said he's against it. Donald Trump is now cozying up to Rand Paul. Let's forget about all the political games for a second. If nothing gets done in the next five days, what happens? Premiums have already soared over the past couple of years. But by 2018, those rates are going to become completely unaffordable.
If you live in California, Texas, Florida, or Georgia, you will expect to see a 50 percent increase in your premium for 2018.
Can you afford that? God forbid you live in Wyoming, you have it harder. Your premiums are going up over 80 percent. Your southern neighbors, they have it even harder. Don't complain, Wyoming. At least you're not living in Colorado. Because their rates are going to hit near 200 percent higher than last year.
It's the same all over the country. In Virginia, it's 180 percent increase. In Indiana, 117. New Mexico, 84. It's on and on and on.
This is what's coming. This is why we said, when Nancy Pelosi said, "Well, you're going to have to pass it to know what's in it," we said, "Don't pass it."
The Affordable Care Act deems health insurance unaffordable if its costs exceed 8 percent of your family's income. With these premium increases, over half of the country will be forced to pay for something that -- by the government, that they cannot afford. I just want to you keep this into perspective: Two things, one, we were promised this system that is now going to put you into a situation that you cannot afford health insurance. It is this system that came from the Democrats and came from Washington. This is the system that they promised you would save you $2,500 a month, and you would be able to keep your own doctor. Did that work? The answer is no. Clearly, no.
Now, they're going to make this all about the Republicans not doing anything. But what do you think the Republicans can do with a government system that's going to make it better? Why would we look to the people who created this problem, to fix this problem?
Let me ask you this question: Do you think any of us would have flat screen TVs today, if ten years ago the government would have come up with an Affordable Flat Screen Act?
This is political theater. And the games are playing out in Washington, DC, this week. The second thing I want you to know is this: This is why those on the left and those on the right are stirring up the hatred and getting us to argue about a stupid football game.