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* There’s no limit to Republican hypocrisy in this healthcare debate

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 15, 2009

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Mark Murray writes on FIRST READ (8-14-09) …

  • some Republicans who are raising concerns about end-of-life provisions in the House health-care bill — like Chuck Grassley, John Boehner, and Thaddeus McCotter — voted for a similar provision that was contained in the 2003 Medicare prescription-drug bill, which passed Congress and was signed into law by George W. Bush.
  • The 2003 legislation provided coverage of certain physician’s services for certain terminally ill individuals.
  • The covered services are: evaluating the beneficiary’s need for pain and symptom management, including the individual’s need for hospice care; counseling the beneficiary with respect to end-of-life issues and care options, and advising the beneficiary regarding advanced care planning.
  • Grassley, Boehner, and McCotter all voted for the 2003 legislation.


It’s not really about the provision to pay for end-of-life counseling. It’s not really even about healthcare. It’s about Republicans, high officeholders and redneck partisans alike, who are angry and frustrated that they lost the election, and who haven’t any interest whatever in any bi-partisan solutions to the nation’s problems. They are 100% against anything Obama and the Democrats are for, and are willing to lie and distort in what will ultimately  be a vain effort to derail the progress we need.


4 Responses to “* There’s no limit to Republican hypocrisy in this healthcare debate”

  1. So you aren’t concerned about the cost, your taxes, and your ability to decide how to spend your money. Good for you!

    • Lew Weinstein said

      Actually, I’m very concerned about all of those things. And you refuse to acknowledge what is clearly the truth … that continuing “as we are” in healthcare is the one choice which will be the most expensive, which will result in the highest taxes, and which will provide the fewest healthcare options for tens of millions of Americans, including many who are now insured but at risk of losing that coverage as costs continue to mount. Do you realize that the U.S. is the only advanced nation in the world that does not offer healthcare insurance to all of its citizens? In this, as in other matters, I suspect the true opposition is not to healthcare reform, but rather to any policy advanced by the President who won the election. You feel powerless because you lost, but that is the price you pay for squandering 8 years with the Bush-Cheney travesty. You lost the election; get used to it. The best way back into power would be to address our problems along with President Obama instead of spreading malicious lies that are being so easily proven to be what they are.

  2. Lew Weinstein said

    I don’t think Obama has given up on anything. He is allowing the morons their day, since he really has no choice but to encourage free speech, and is beginning to counter punch very effectively. Axelrod’s email was brilliant, and I think it will turn the tide.

  3. Terra said

    AMEN, and I am personally very disappointed that they gave in on the “end of life care”. What does it show if they allow a screaming mob that makes no sense change things, but ignore all the people out there making rational arguments?


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