Kind of a shocker, Michelle Malkin in a round about fashion, thinks that all Americans should have the same gold plated highly susidized insurance plan currently enjoyed by Republican members of both Houses that are fighting health-care reform with a public option, Rep Tsongas tries to explain why Congress is exempt from Obamacare. Fails.
CONSTITUENT: My question to you, Congresswoman Tsongas, is that if this is such a great plan, why did you opt out of it when you took the vote [loud applause, standing ovation]?
TSONGAS: People often say why don’t the American people have what those of us in Congress have. [Audience erupts] Let me explain what I have. Let me explain what I have. What I have is a tremendous array — you know, last year when I went to a discussion — what I have is a tremendous array of choices. And I made a choice based on what I was willing to pay for and what made sense in terms of coverage for me and my family. [Audience shouts out: “We want choice! We want choice!] This is essentially what we are creating for the American people. We are creating greater choice.
[Smattering of applause overwhelmed by boos.]
Epic fail. The imperious “Do as I say, not as I do” ways of Washington cannot be packaged as choice-enhancing, no matter how hard Rep. Tsongas tries.
Up is down and being honest is an “epic fail”. Then Malkin goes on to tell a blatant lie: Health-care reform will do two contradictory things at once. First it will give you “extremely full, expensive, and highly subsidized coverage”. Then the contradiction, “but deliver it through a highly restrictive, HMO-style plan that will determine what care and tests you can and can’t have”. It can be a plan that offers top of the line coverage or it can be a discount plan with discount services, but not both at the same time. Tsongas would only be a hypocrite if all the Republicans in Congress rejected the health insurance options made to them through the government: a CDHP with a Health Savings Account, an indemnity fee-for-service plan, a PPO, an HMO( Under Obama’s plan the public would have th same choices they have now, plus a public option. If you have a number of something and add more, that’s more options. Does the Right not do simple arithmetic.) All paid for mostly as a benefit of being a Congressional rep or Senator. Malkin’s also attempts some kabuki theater in which she is trying to petition Republicans to give up their government health plans, transparent in its absurdity. Malkin racks up yet another lame post where she cleverly undermines herself by getting average working Americans to wonder why they cannot get subsidized government health-care. Or why between Congress, Medicare, government employees and the military the government is already hip deep in the health-care business. Drug companies make billions, but while they do some of their own R&D, they get a good portion of their research done via government funding of basic research at universities. If merely subsidizing health-care and the research for the next miracle drug constitutes Nazism or socialism or whatever name the Right is calling it this week, then the government, regardless of which party holds the office of president is equally guilty. If the public option should become law, then everyone that wants and can afford one of those truly awful traditional PPO plans – these are the ones where middle class families find themselves suddenly in bankruptcy having paid their percentage plus anything over the limits of the policy – they will be able to do that.
The incident has elevated tempers, with people on both sides of the health care debate arguing over who threw the first punches. Members and supporters of the St. Louis “Tea Party” coalition say Gladney was attacked, unprovoked. Union members and their supporters say Gladney initiated the fight.
[ ]…Gladney did not address Saturday’s crowd of about 200 people. His attorney, David Brown, however, read a prepared statement Gladney wrote. “A few nights ago there was an assault on my liberty, and on yours, too.” Brown read. “This should never happen in this country.”
Supporters cheered. Brown finished by telling the crowd that Gladney is accepting donations toward his medical expenses. Gladney told reporters he was recently laid off and has no health insurance.
I hope the same people on the Right that have used Gladney for a convenient prop will have the integrity to help with his hospital expenses. Maybe even help him get a job. If the Right can provide wing-nut welfare for Newt “dump your sick wife” Gingrich they can cough up a few bucks for this guy.
From a story on the Memphis townhall, Town hall tension: Meeting turns ugly over health care
Honesty, said Dr. Autry Parker, must be part of the conversation on health care reform.
“This issue will not be solved by people shouting, it will not be solved by people telling lies over and over again,” Parker said. “Yes, I have read it and I do not agree with everything in it, but there is absolutely nothing in the bill that is going to euthanize grandma.”
One of the signs waved by a plan opponent said “Don’t tell my gigi how to die,” referring to allegations that the bill would allow senior citizens to be euthanized, something the nonpartisan group FactCheck.org said is false. Cohen also denied that the bill would pay for abortions — another claim made by opponents.
Roger Fakes, 70, said he sat quitely during most of the meeting, but Cohen’s insistence that citizens would be able to keep their private health care drove him to his feet.
He argued that changes to private insurance would force citizens into the government plan.
“There are some of us old gray-haired folks that don’t want the government involved in any of our business,” he said.
Why are these people angry. In talking point after talking point they repeat the distortions and falsehoods spread by Americans for Prosperity, Malkin and Limbaugh among others. Take away the falsehoods and they have nothing to be angry about. Those “gray-haired” folks are especially susceptible to these lies because Medicare is essential to their health-care. The only way they could get the impression Medicare would be taken away or its benefits greatly reduced is if the Right was not pushing cruel lies on some of America’s most vulnerable citizens. Lies that are just as much about putting the Republican party before the common good of the country as they are about making Democrats look bad.
“I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” – President Thomas Jefferson