What are the handful of things in Obamacare that McConnell’s OK with?

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Conservatives are in a twist over Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s comment (it’s officially the Loop quote of the week! ) that there are aspects of Obamacare that are maybe, possibly not entirely godawful.

“There are a handful of things in the 2,700-page bill that probably are okay,” McConnell (R-Ky.) said in an interview with a Kentucky television station.

That, of course, steps on the Republican party line, which is that everything in the health-care law will set the country on a course to certain death and destruction. Also, socialism.

But here’s an out for McConnell that might get the critics to put their pitchforks away: he can claim that he was just talking about the articles! Those little words — like “a,” “and,” and “the” — that couldn’t possibly offend anyone.

The bill includes 1,473 instances of “the” and 849 of “and.”   That surely counts as a handful.

You’re welcome, senator.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this blog post incorrectly identified Mitch McConnell as the Senate Majority Leader. This version has been corrected.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.



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