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Found: A Democrat with Balls October 1, 2009

Posted by Kate Ryan in Democrats, Health Care, Health Insurance, National Politics, Politics, Public Health, Public Option.
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graysonI fell in love Tuesday.  Completely, utterly, and helplessly in love.  And don’t worry about any implications this may have for Mr. Kitchen Table; you see, he fell in love, too.

And WHO is this object of our affections?  Florida Congressman Alan Grayson – a Democrat that actually is acting like a Democrat.  Imagine!

In case you didn’t know, Grayson stood up on the House floor on Tuesday and described the “Republican Health Care Plan”.  (See the video HERE)

“The Republican health care plan,” Grayson explained, “is ‘Don’t get Sick’.  If you have health insurance – don’t get sick.  If you don’t have insurance – don’t get sick.  If you’re already sick – don’t get sick.”

Then, noting that even Republicans understand that “Don’t get Sick” might be unrealistic, Grayson went on to explain part two of the plan.  “And if you do get sick – Die Quickly”

I literally stood up and cheered when I saw these clips running on the cable news shows.  Of course, if there is one thing that the Republicans don’t understand, it’s satire  – and if there were another, it would be irony.   Just as Jonathan Swift didn’t mean for the Irish peasants to eat their children, Rep. Grayson certainly doesn’t think that Republicans want citizens to die.  Saying so, however, proves a point that the opposition is bringing nothing to the table. 

And because the Republicans do not understand Congressman Grayson’s satirical skewering of their non-plans, they immediately began calls for Grayson to apologize.  Still smarting from the rebuke to Congressman Joe “You lie” Wilson, House Republicans stated that Grayson’s remarks were an affront to the dignity of the chamber and he should apologize.   The two offenses do not even compare – what Wilson did was so outside the pale and unprecedented, it required an apology to the President, the Congress, and to the American people.  But even if you make the stretch that this is the same as that – here’s the part that shows that they don’t understand irony, either. 

Several times over the summer, House Republicans got up on the floor to say that the Democratic health care reform would cause you to die.  Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla.), said in July: “Last week, Democrats released a health care bill which essentially said to America’s seniors: drop dead.”   Paul Broun (R-Ga.), a doctor, reviewed the public health insurance option in July and diagnosed that it is “gonna kill people.”  And let’s not forget Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), who suggested on the House floor that Congress “make sure we bring down the cost of health care for all Americans and that ensures affordable access for all Americans and is pro-life because it will not put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government.”

We also had Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), note: “One in five people have to die because they went to socialized medicine…I would hate to think that among five women, one of ’em is gonna die because we go to socialized care” and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) who said, “They’re going to save money by rationing care, getting you in a long line. Places like Canada, United Kingdom, and Europe. People die when they’re in line.”    All these were harmful lies stated openly on the house floor.  No apologies were ever offered.  THAT is the ironic part.

But what made fall more deeply in love with Rep. Grayson, was his response to those asking him to apologize.  Grayson again stood up and said he would apologize – to the dead.  “According to this study…44,789 Americans die every year because they have no health insurance.  That is more than ten times the number of Americans who died in the war in Iraq, it’s more than ten times the number of Americans that died in 9/11.”  I actually stood up and cheered.  Mr. Kitchen table immediately turned to me and said that we need to send that guy some money. 

I set out to find out a little more about my new love interest.  Turns out, he’s a freshman Congressman from a heavily Republican area (Orlando, Florida).  He managed to win his seat through a massive outreach campaign to the African-American and Hispanic communities.  He was a prosecutor in Florida whom made a name for himself suing Defense contractors for fraud and war profiteering.  Since coming to congress, he has sponsored, co-sponsored, or supported paid family leave, auditing the Federal Reserve, requiring employers provide 1 week paid vacation per ear, de-funding corrupt defense contractors, and to provide collective bargaining rights to public safety officers – among many others. 

This is the kind of Democrat I thought I was voting for when I pulled the lever for Barack Obama last November.  I wanted someone fearless, someone who would fight the good fight unabashedly and with conviction.  In the past few months I began top believe that they didn’t exist anymore.  I’m pleased to know that I am somewhat wrong.

I say somewhat because for every Alan Grayson out there, there are three Max Baucuses;  lily-livered shills of some major corporation.  We gave the Democrats the Presidency, the House, the Senate, and they still are foisting this piece of shit health care bill on us. The “50-State strategy” to win the White House and congressional control saddled us with Democrats that are too afraid of losing to stand up and do the right thing.  Let’s go out and find more Alan Graysons.

(see Jon Stewart skewer the Dems HERE)


Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla.), who said in July: “Last week, Democrats released a health care bill which essentially said to America’s seniors: drop dead.”


Kate Ryan - October 1, 2009

Thanks for reading – even though we don’t agree. Most Republican ideas revolve around three priciples; tax credits for families to buy insurance, limiting medical liability, and pre-tax health savings accounts. Unfortunately, none of these would necessarily expand coverage or lower costs. If a family can not afford to pay premioums now, how can they pay them to get a tax credit? How can they put money away in an HSA when real wages have declined for the middle class over the last 10 years – but health care premiums have risen over 300%? As far as limiting liability, “It’s clear that the laws do reduce costs for doctors. A study by Michael Morrisey, a health care economist at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, found that in states with damage caps, medical practitioners paid up to 25 percent less for their malpractice insurance premiums. Texas passed a medical liability law in 2004. Tom Royer, a physician and the CEO of CHRISTUS Health, a non-profit hospital system headquartered in Texas, says that before caps were put in place, the system’s medical malpractice costs had hit nearly $100 million per year. This year, its malpractice costs were $2.8 million. “For us the savings have been remarkable,” Royer says. But, according to Morrisey, those lower costs don’t necessarily get passed on to consumers. He found no difference in consumers’ employer-sponsored health insurance premiums between states with damage caps and those without.”

I – and most people I know – do not believe in Eugenics, either. Where do you come up with that??

“Try as we might we couldn’t find any effects,” he says.

1. 12stepgolf - October 1, 2009

Maybe you just didn’t hear:
* House GOP Health Care Solutions Group Plan (Unveiled June 17, 2009)
* Empowering Patients First Act (Republican Study Group Health Care Reform Bill, unveiled July 30, 2009)
* Improving Health Care for All Americans Act (Shadegg Health Care Reform Bill, introduced July 14, 2009)
* Patients’ Choice Act (Ryan-Nunes Health Care Reform Bill, introduced May 20, 2009)
* Medical Rights & Reform Act (Kirk-Dent Health Care Reform Bill, introduced June 16, 2009)
* Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act (Gingrey medical liability reform bill, introduced June 6, 2009)
* Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2009 (Johnson small business health plans bill, introduced May 21, 2009)
* 31 Common-Sense Changes Republicans Offered to Improve Democrats’ Health Care Bill (GOP Leader Alert, July 28, 2009)
* House Republican Leaders’ Letter to President Obama [PDF] Outlining Areas for Common Ground on Health Care Reform (May 13, 2009)
Since republicans do not have a megaphone or you just can’t hear them:
September 9, 2009, Dr. Charles Boustany (R-LA) outlined a series of such solutions:

* “We do need medical liability reform, and it needs to be real reform. We need to establish tough liability reform standards, encourage speedy resolution of claims, and deter junk lawsuits that drive up the cost of care.”
* “Let’s also talk about letting families and businesses buy insurance across state lines. I and many other Republicans believe that will provide real choice and competition to lower the cost of health insurance.”
* “All individuals should have access to coverage, regardless of preexisting conditions.”
* “Individuals, small businesses and other groups should be able to join together to get health insurance at lower prices, the same way large businesses and labor unions do.”
* “We can provide assistance to those who still cannot access a doctor.”
* “[I]nsurers should be able to offer incentives for wellness care and prevention – something particularly important to me. I operated on too many people who could have avoided surgery if they’d simply made healthier choices earlier in life.”

We are not into Eugenics: the study of, or belief in, the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits (negative eugenics) or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits.
Nor are we the ones that promote social engineering.

I may be wrong but aren’t the Darwinists in the Democrat party-the ones who believe in survival of the fittest?
But that is typical, getting things upside down and bachwards.

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