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Another day in the health care debate

It seems like I could almost just repeat the same article every day to describe happenings in the debate around health care reform:

As usual, today the Dems announced a new procedural tactic to get health care reform passed. The GOP immediately attacked it as unconstitutional, unprecedented, unclean, unholy, and the end of civilization as we know it, while ignoring that they used the same or worse tactics when they were in power.

And the Tea Party threw a protest. Organizers estimated the crowd at 5000, while everyone else estimated it at 300. Meanwhile, Republicans had a larger turnout for a fundraiser with insurance company lobbyists.

Yet another person who thought they had bought and paid for a health insurance policy that would, you know, actually pay for their medical bills had their policy canceled for no particular reason other than to make more money for the insurance company. But in an ironic twist, the victim of this all-too-commmon scam managed to stay alive long enough to sue the company and win a judgement against them.

Fox News again shows why Obama doesn’t like to appear on their shows. Obama is interviewed on Fox by Bret Baier, who mostly just repeats Republican talking points and interrupts Obama repeatedly, talks over the president, and even interrupts him to apologize for interrupting him. Watch the video:

I can safely predict that we could fast-forward to 2012 and the debate will still be running along the same lines, probably something like this:

© Tom Toles

I just want to remind people that any time the Republican Party comes out with an argument against the current health care reform bill, a perfectly good response is to remind them about Medicare Part D, which was crammed down the throat of Congress through outright bribery, was entirely funded through deficit spending, included “death panels”, expanded entitlements and big government, and was a huge giveaway to the drug companies.


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  1. Mad Hatter wrote:

    OK, my body can only stand so much irony at one time and then my head expl…..(BAM!!!!)….too late.

    Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 9:40 am | Permalink

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