Friday, February 26, 2010

The Unbelievable Depths of Republican Health Care Dishonesty

Paul Krugman is on the case, big time, right here:

In reality, House Republicans don’t have anything to offer to Americans with troubled medical histories. On the contrary, their big idea — allowing unrestricted competition across state lines — would lead to a race to the bottom. The states with the weakest regulations — for example, those that allow insurance companies to deny coverage to victims of domestic violence — would set the standards for the nation as a whole. The result would be to afflict the afflicted, to make the lives of Americans with pre-existing conditions even harder.

Don’t take my word for it. Look at the Congressional Budget Office analysis of the House G.O.P. plan. That analysis is discreetly worded, with the budget office declaring somewhat obscurely that while the number of uninsured Americans wouldn’t change much, “the pool of people without health insurance would end up being less healthy, on average, than under current law.” But here’s the translation: While some people would gain insurance, the people losing insurance would be those who need it most. Under the Republican plan, the American health care system would become even more brutal than it is now.

So what did we learn from the summit? What I took away was the arrogance that the success of things like the death-panel smear has obviously engendered in Republican politicians. At this point they obviously believe that they can blandly make utterly misleading assertions, saying things that can be easily refuted, and pay no price. And they may well be right. [Emphasis added]

Pass. The. Friggin'. Bill. Screw the Republicans. Side with the American people, Democrats!!


The Constitutional Crusader said...

What polls are you reading? According to Gallup, Rassmussen, Quinnipiac, and a slew of others, the American people REJECT Obama's monstrosity of a bill by TWO THIRDS! And just let me say that Paul Krugman, while I read his column on occassion in the Sacramento Bee, my local paper, I find he has less credibility than the worst liar I know.

Joseph said...

A. I don't know what poll data you're looking at, but as of late 2009 public opinion in favor of the public option was overwhelming. And your figure of 2/3 opposition is WRONG. That is to say, INCORRECT. That is to say, FALSE.

B> Just who do you think deserves credibility on political issues? Nobel Econ Laureate Krugman? Doctor of Law and U of Chicago Con Law professor Obama? Or college flunk out Limbaugh? Maybe college dropout Hannity.