Tomi Lahren, Chelsea Handler face off over health care


Tomi Lahren has a lot against Affordable Care Act for someone that relies on the 2010 legislation for health insurance.


The conservative firebrand on Saturday revealed her secret to obtaining health care during a rowdy Politicon session with comedian Chelsea Handler.


“Luckily, I’m 24, so I’m still on my parent’s (insurance),” Lahren said, when asked if she had a health care plan.


The pundit’s answer prompted an immediate outcry from the packed audience at the Pasadena Convention Center in California, with some shouting “Thanks, Obama,” in protest. Before Obamacare became law of the land, Lahren, for her age, would have been unable to lean on her parents for health care.


Handler repeatedly chided hecklers for drowning out the two women with cheers and chants more associated with President Trump’s campaign-style rallies.


“She’s being honest. Stop,” Handler told the unruly audience.


The right-wing starlet, fired from “The Blaze” for condoning pro-choice in March, conceded that allowing adults to remain on their parent’s health insurance until age 26 is a plus, but it didn’t sway her opinion against the policy.


“Obamacare is in a death spiral,” Lahren said, adding earlier that she supports a policy that promotes a competitive free market and transfers oversight from the federal government to the states.


Handler, the host of Netflix’s “Chelsea,” fired back by blaming President Trump for any decline, citing his dogged attempts to sabotage his predecessor’s legacy since taking over the White House in January.

Tomi Lahren, right, told Chelsea Handler, left, on Saturday that she is still on her parents’ health insurance.

(John Sciulli/Getty Images for Politicon)


Lahren then argued that the American people are inherently good and that by electing Trump, voters did not support the Affordable Care Act — even if it meant jeopardizing health care for about 22 million, according to an Congressional Budget Office estimate.


“I think the American people are not mean-spirited. We don’t all want to kill each other, let’s hope. This isn’t “The Purge,” Lahren said, referencing a 2013 horror flick about a new government allowing 12 hours of crime to go unpunished.


Handler prefaced her highly-anticipated panel with Lahren as an interview — rather than a debate — although the two began sparring at times to the audience’s delight. The two also crossed swords on Trump’s abrupt decision to ban transgender men and women from serving in the U.S military and his presidential-ness.


Lahren sided with Trump’s sudden ban on transgender service members, blasting their presence in the armed forces as a “social experiment” and claiming their medical costs are too much.


Handler noted that the military allocates $45 million each year on Viagra and Cialis, while only $2.4 million goes to hormone therapy.


The two women started the afternoon awkwardly fumbling for commonality.


“We both like 50 Cent,” Lahren quipped, referring to Handler’s former relationship with the rapper.


Handler replied, “I never said I liked 50 Cent, I just had sex with him.”

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