Actor and director Jake McClain has taken on the monumental task of tweeting every single word of the 906-page “Obamacare” health reform law in hopes of drawing attention to the bill’s content, which he argues is detrimental to the nation’s fiscal health.
“Folks… this will probably take a long time to do, but I decided I will read every page, word by word, of Obamacare, and tweet every word,” he tweeted on March 22.
And he’s been on a roll ever since, making it through the first 22 pages of the lengthy legislation in just four days. He tweeted Monday night that he would begin to tweet out the 23rd page on Tuesday morning, and the effort is drawing attention and admiration from many critics of the law.
He has already landed a spot on Mike Huckabees’s radio show, which is slated to air at 2:32 p.m. Tuesday, and he is receiving a steady flow of supportive messages from top critics of the law – officially called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act but often referred to as “Obamacare” – from across the twitterverse.
McClain is endeavoring on the Herculean task in order to draw attention to the bill’s contents, which, by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s own admission, were famously not read by most if not all members of Congress who voted to pass it by a margin of 219-212 exactly three years ago Thursday.
McClain sees the task as more than just an exercise in stamina, saying that he hopes he can use his platform as a means to draw attention to many of the controversial parts of the law, which fundamentally and controversially redrew the American health care paradigm.
“Thing is that this is for everyone… A scant few read this sucker. If numbers read it, the story changes,” he tweeted Monday night, adding later: “And if we keep reading and tweeting these pages, we can get enough people to hit their senators up on this thing.”
McClain admits that he’s going to have to keep up the Twitter barrage for a long time in order to get through all 906 pages of the “Obamacare” law.
“November 4th if I go 4 pages a day. I did 5 today… keep going up and it’ll be about middle of October,” he tweeted in reference to how long it will take him to tweet the entirety of the legislation.
Still McClain maintains that he has the stamina and attention span to make it to the end of the law because he is only tweeting it bit by bit.
“No because I do a couple pages at a time and quit. Promote it on off times,” he tweeted Tuesday morning.