The right wing's most influential techno hermit, Matt Drudge, lives in a mansion out in the Redland and was driving around Southwest Dade yesterday when he saw two things that freaked him out: the word "Obamacare" and the Spanish language. He tweeted a picture of a van touting an Obamacare sign-up service in Spanish, which for some reason set off a freakout among Twitter conservatives.
Govt looking vans offering free Obamacare hit Miami streets today. Can you throw in pair of season tickets for Heat? pic.twitter.com/AiQ96Xg11p
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) March 17, 2014
"You can still subscribe to Obamacare," reads the back of the van. "Apply today! Call 800-419-6318. You can qualify to receive Obamacare. Totally free."
For no reason whatsoever, Drudge implies the van is "government-looking," despite the fact that (A) it is not and B) it has civilian plates.
Riptide also called the number and was greeted by an English-language prompt that said, "Welcome to Med Plan," and not any official government service. According to its website, Med Plan "is a licensed discount plan organization which is regulated by the Florida Department of Insurance."
Drudge's followers replied with typical ignorance.
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@DRUDGE wonder how many illegals sign up from that van.
— john lombo (@johnlombo) March 17, 2014
— Matt D (@mtdisme) March 17, 2014
— byrrni (@byrrni) March 17, 2014