Anti health-care reform nut Betsy McCaughey is like a bad case of house mold. No matter how many times her wild and irresponsible claims are knocked down she just makes up some more. Most every conservative publication, pundit and web site seems all too happy to simply echo what she says, claim victory in the health-care debate. All without doing the slightest bit of fact checking. After a certain number of lies and distortions you’re not a garden variety partisan hack anymore, people such as McCaughey have clearly crossed over into the batsh*t insane zone, The claim that the House health care bill pushes suicide is nonsense.
On former Sen. Fred Thompson’s radio show, former lieutenant governor of New York Betsy McCaughey said that the House’s proposed health care bill contained a provision that would institute mandatory counseling sessions telling seniors how “to do what’s in society’s best interest … and cut your life short.” House Minority Leader John Boehner made a slightly more measured statement, warning that the same provision “may start us down a treacherous path toward government-encouraged euthanasia if enacted into law.”
In truth, that section of the bill would require Medicare to pay for voluntary counseling sessions helping seniors to plan for end-of-life medical care, including designating a health care proxy, choosing a hospice and making decisions about life-sustaining treatment. It would not require doctors to counsel that their patients refuse medical intervention.
Another case of Republican bizarre second chances and rewarding deviant behavior, Mark Foley(former Republican Congressman from Florida. Foley was one of those conservatives that was such an embarrassment to Republicans that Fox tried to pass him off as a Democrat when they reported the story)Mark Foley To Host Public Affairs Radio Show: “Inside The Mind of Mark Foley”
“Well Mark Foley’s a local, his district was here locally in West Palm Beach,” Seaview operations manager Joe Raineri told me, “So Mark Foley, he’s a regular about town and he was no stranger certainly to us at the radio station, and he’s quite well received here in West Palm Beach. So we thought with what’s going on in the world today it would be great to hear from a former Washington insider.”
I asked Raineri the obvious question: Wouldn’t some people object to Foley, in light of what happened in with the pages?
“You know to tell you the truth, we feel that the problems that are happening today, by him coming on the air, I think it gives a completely different perspective,” said Raineri. “And what’s the past is the past, and we’re certainly looking to the future and to help people get a better understanding of what’s going on. who better than someone who was there and lived it and understands how the wheels are turning.”
For a Republican Congressman that stalks teenage Congressional pages the past is the past, but for green jobs and technology expert Van Jones, who recently resigned the past never ends.