Video: Another example of anecdotitis

posted at 8:30 am on February 27, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Last week, I wrote that Nancy Pelosi’s insistence that the ObamaCare bill is really a jobs bill was the weirdest moment of the health-care summit, but Duane Patterson disagreed — and he’s right. With the Democrats already suffering from anecdotitis while Republicans talked policy and finances, Rep. Louise Slaughter offered the strangest one of all. She tells a tale of a woman who couldn’t afford her own dentures, and so had to use a second-hand set from her deceased sister. See if you can guess what’s wrong with the Tale of the Teeth:

Answer: ObamaCare won’t cover dentures. It doesn’t include dental coverage. It’s a complete non-sequitur. It’s even more silly than griping about an attempt to file an insurance claim under a policy that hadn’t been purchased.


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Thanks for the Aunt Bea thread Ed. I have wanted this since I saw her, a thread I can sink my teeth into.

OmahaConservative on February 27, 2010 at 8:33 AM

The wailing and gnashing of gums.

csdeven on February 27, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Doggone it, Ed. There you go again with facts and stuff.

KelliD on February 27, 2010 at 8:34 AM

So, no jobs for denture-makers, then? They should sue.

OldEnglish on February 27, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Just run them through the dishwasher and they’re good to go.

RedRedRice on February 27, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Christ …..now there will be Ed …..ya just should have kept quiet about that

Aggie95 on February 27, 2010 at 8:37 AM

I just love her lilting and dulcet Mississippi Upstate NY accent.

OmahaConservative on February 27, 2010 at 8:37 AM

Answer: ObamaCare won’t cover dentures. It doesn’t include dental coverage. It’s a complete non-sequitur. It’s even more silly than griping about an attempt to file an insurance claim under a policy that hadn’t been purchased.

Details Ed, don’t bother us with details! It’s all about style not substance, you know that!

conservnut on February 27, 2010 at 8:37 AM

OT: Breaking on Fox & Friends. Chile has had a 6.6 aftershock.

OmahaConservative on February 27, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Dentures are racist.

angryed on February 27, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Rep.Louise Slaughter!

I bet, shes a shoe-in, for Death Panel Judge Czar!!

canopfor on February 27, 2010 at 8:40 AM

for godsake.

bernzright777 on February 27, 2010 at 8:41 AM

OTHawaii Officials Reportedly to Evacuate Coastal Areas After Chile Quake Triggers Tsunami Warning
Ed, Can we get a quake thread please?

OmahaConservative on February 27, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Get a poly-grip, lady!

elderberry on February 27, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Did somebody say something about teeth…….:)

SHARPTOOTH on February 27, 2010 at 8:43 AM

No brains == no headaches?

hoakie on February 27, 2010 at 8:43 AM

OmahaConservative on February 27, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Yep, I heard if Hawaii gets it, it will be shortly after 1100 HST.

bernzright777 on February 27, 2010 at 8:44 AM

*sigh*
I just know them used dentures I am bidding on at e-Bay will go viral now…

OmahaConservative on February 27, 2010 at 8:45 AM

What Louise Slaughter doesn’t tell you is the horrifying end to that story. You see her sister was actually a cannibal (a notorious one at that) and once she put the cannibal ghost teeth in her mouth she was stricken with an insatiable taste for human flesh.

If we only had Obamacare maybe those poor people that she mutilated could get the proper care they needed. See, that would have been a more fitting argument.

David Combs on February 27, 2010 at 8:45 AM

New requirement for holding office in the House, Senate, White House…

Must have an I.Q. above 105; testing required.

Talk about how to clear our government of progressive communist Democrats…

That lady is the white version of Maxine Waters…

Keemo on February 27, 2010 at 8:47 AM

That lady is the white version of Maxine Waters…

Keemo on February 27, 2010 at 8:47 AM

+++1

OmahaConservative on February 27, 2010 at 8:48 AM

The ridiculousness (a real word?)of almost every dem starting off with some bogus story was the biggest stomach turner. I hope most Americans could see right through this crap.

bernzright777 on February 27, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Did somebody say something about teeth…….:)

SHARPTOOTH on February 27, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Sharptooth wins thread hands down!

kringeesmom on February 27, 2010 at 8:48 AM

This is an example of that superior IQ the libs possess.

csdeven on February 27, 2010 at 8:50 AM

We are completely missing the point… Ms. Slaughter was taking the Republican side in the telling of her toothsome tale…. the real reason to wear the dead sis’ teeth was to avoid the medical devices tax! Ms. Slaughter is really a fiscally conservative Dem… her blue dog is starting to bite!

kringeesmom on February 27, 2010 at 8:51 AM

ObamaCare won’t cover dentures

They bit off more than they can chew this time.

Guardian on February 27, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Well when you’re poor, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.
I guess I wouldn’t have a problem using dentures from a dead relative if it meant I could have them vs nothing.
Where does this woman think a lot of used clothing in the thrift stores comes from?
Dead people.
So what.
It’s called recycling.
The govt does not owe me new clothes, dentures, or health care.

Badger40 on February 27, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Too funny.
I’m Canadian and even I knew the answer to that.
Dentures ain’t covered in Canada either.

MT

Mistahtibbs on February 27, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Besides the devastating point Ed made, what are the reasons she didn’t have dental service available? Did she choose not to have it, was she uniformed about currently available options, etc? Oh never mind, they just want to take over 1/6th of the economy. *spit*

aikidoka on February 27, 2010 at 8:54 AM

I hope most Americans could see right through this crap.

bernzright777 on February 27, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Evidently some writers over at Time magazine cannot.
And from the comments I read there, it seems that there are still a lot of morons in this country who can’t see through this empty, emotional facade.
I wage they all live in large cities & off of govt services.

Badger40 on February 27, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Badger40 on February 27, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Love me some dead-people clothes. I got a pair of Pronto Uomo Taupe Slacks in near new condition for $3 at a charity thrift shop.

OmahaConservative on February 27, 2010 at 8:55 AM

If the healthcare bill isn’t signed,then
it’ll be the Republicans fault,that earth
will surely not escape being hit by an
asteriod!!(sarc).

canopfor on February 27, 2010 at 8:55 AM

It’s called recycling.
The govt does not owe me new clothes, dentures, or health care.

Badger40 on February 27, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Teeth sharing is green, as the chair of the Rules Cmte Rep Slaughter should insist that this policy be included in the cap and trade bill.. How many green jobs could be created by appointing someone to monitor and regulate the sharing of teeth.

kringeesmom on February 27, 2010 at 8:56 AM

I doubt the veracity of this story. Besides the fact that I have heard it before, it just doesn’t sound believable.

keebs on February 27, 2010 at 8:57 AM

I wage they all live in large cities & off of govt services.

Badger40 on February 27, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Now, now, be nice. Sissy needed them teeth so’s she could properly eat her government cheese.

OmahaConservative on February 27, 2010 at 8:58 AM

I’m so sick of these lying bastards.

Obama is the worst … he oozes pure evil. He displays absolutely no hesitancy to lie.

darwin on February 27, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Too funny.
I’m Canadian and even I knew the answer to that.
Dentures ain’t covered in Canada either.

MT

Mistahtibbs on February 27, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Mishahtibbs: From Ontario,I second that!!:)

canopfor on February 27, 2010 at 8:59 AM

That lady is the white version of Maxine Waters…

Keemo on February 27, 2010 at 8:47 AM

This moron is 81 years old. It’s time to retire her.

BottomLine5 on February 27, 2010 at 8:59 AM

ObamaCare won’t cover dentures. It doesn’t include dental coverage.

True, but S-Chip does, and its various incarnations, including Family Health plus, which covers adults, and Medicaid, of course, and all of its iterations and cutesy nick-names.

Single-payer HC is coming slowly, via stealth (soon I think the maj. of kids in NYC for ex. will have gov’t subsidized HC, as elig. limits are lowered) or quickly via Obamacare. The only thing that will really stop it, and stop it it will, is the coming economic depression and default.

and btw, dentures don’t fit between people. Think of clothing. You might be able to get it on/in for a moment, but you can’t really wear it. The story’s bogus anyway.

JiangxiDad on February 27, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Obama and his gaggle of congressional fools defy belief. they obviously reside in some parallel universe and only return to this dimension when they feel compelled to vomit their idiocy on the rest of us. Well, perhaps not, but then again . . .

rplat on February 27, 2010 at 9:00 AM

“take out your false teeth, Mama…and let me suck on your gums”.

Great song

LtE126 on February 27, 2010 at 9:00 AM

what are the reasons she didn’t have dental service available? Did she choose not to have it,
aikidoka on February 27, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Exactly.
Right now I have a large molar that needs filled now that the previous filling fell out & I know it needs a crown.
I’ve been wanting a new TV to replace our old, 1980′s cabinet-style TV.
Hmmm… what choice do I make?
It’s all about choices.
And if you’re poor, your choices are more limited.
That is life.

Badger40 on February 27, 2010 at 9:00 AM

People can be angry that this woman is holding office but it’s the people who thought it was a good idea to vote her in who are responsible.

Did she sound like this when she was campaigning for her office?

Dr Evil on February 27, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Leave it to Libs to come up with some bleeding-heart,
heart tugging sob story!

Oh,and besides,knowing how the Lefty operates,is this
a manufactured story!!!!!

canopfor on February 27, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Now, now, be nice. Sissy needed them teeth so’s she could properly eat her government cheese.

OmahaConservative on February 27, 2010 at 8:58 AM

A chicken in every pot, and teeth for every mouth!

kringeesmom on February 27, 2010 at 9:03 AM

how in hell does someone that dumb get elected ?what is wrong with the citizens of n.y.

badpenny on February 27, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Them damn toof rustlers are as bad as them damn foot rustlers—-always a yankin’ them toofs just because they can get reimbursed for a yankin them and leavin good folks without no ways to gets dentures that they need.

/

ted c on February 27, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Sissy needed them teeth so’s she could properly eat her government cheese.

Love me some dead-people clothes. I got a pair of Pronto Uomo Taupe Slacks in near new condition for $3 at a charity thrift shop.
OmahaConservative

LMAO!
But to be fair, govt cheese (which is very yummy) is quite soft-no chewing required!
I miss the thrift shops in the Seattle area.
Here in ND, everyone is so poor that all the thrift store stuff is already completely worn out that it should be sold as rags.

Badger40 on February 27, 2010 at 9:04 AM

It shore is a lot easier to stuff yer foot in yer mouf without all them toofs in there though….

Oral issues.

ted c on February 27, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Dentures aren’t covered in Australia either.

Crux Australis on February 27, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Wait a minute. Wasn’t there a whole thread about Ms. Valerie Jarrett suggesting that the American people didn’t understand the health care bill because it had not been broken down in a simplistic form. May I suggest that when said form becomes available that the first copies go the Democrat members of Congress. And please don’t ask the taxpayers to spring for the cost of crayons, there is a recession, don’t you know.

Cindy Munford on February 27, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Them damn toof rustlers are as bad as them damn foot rustlers—-always a yankin’ them toofs just because they can get reimbursed for a yankin them and leavin good folks without no ways to gets dentures that they need.

/

ted c on February 27, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Perhaps it’s easier to get to the tonsils if you first remove the teeth, thus you would save money and bend the health care cost curve down?

kringeesmom on February 27, 2010 at 9:06 AM

how in hell does someone that dumb get elected ?what is wrong with the citizens of n.y.

badpenny on February 27, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Actually, you just said what is wrong with the citizens of NY state. And that is, they’re largely gov’t dependents. And that’s why we’re fighting, and might have to give our lives, to make sure the rest of us don’t end up the same. btw, I live in NY

JiangxiDad on February 27, 2010 at 9:07 AM

They bit off more than they can chew this time.

Guardian on February 27, 2010 at 8:52 AM

dual thread winner.

ted c on February 27, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Wait a minute. Wasn’t there a whole thread about Ms. Valerie Jarrett suggesting that the American people didn’t understand the health care bill because it had not been broken down in a simplistic form. May I suggest that when said form becomes available that the first copies go the Democrat members of Congress. And please don’t ask the taxpayers to spring for the cost of crayons, there is a recession, don’t you know.

Cindy Munford on February 27, 2010 at 9:06 AM

And to think that this most accurate account comes from the chair of the “Rules Cmte.”””

kringeesmom on February 27, 2010 at 9:09 AM

The lady is en-dentured to the health care system.

hip shot on February 27, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Badger40 on February 27, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Your next TV will not have the longevity of your current one.

elderberry on February 27, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Did she sound like this when she was campaigning for her office?

Dr Evil on February 27, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Dr.Evil:)
=============================
Rep Louise Slaughter Refuses To Hold Town Hall Meetings, Gives Bizarre Excuses

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpadscoVtz4&feature=PlayList&p=2AD07D7EB5123C48&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=66

Fox News follow up.
================================
NY Congresswoman Louise Slaughter Intimidated By “Those People !”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwY2FnBfj4k&feature=related

canopfor on February 27, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Reminds me of my favorite Penthouse Forum fantasy.

misterpeasea on February 27, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Perhaps it’s easier to get to the tonsils if you first remove the teeth, thus you would save money and bend the health care cost curve down?

kringeesmom on February 27, 2010 at 9:06 AM

there’s got to be some comparative effectiveness research done on the costs of tonsillectomy with and without the toofs in place. If they can save time on tonsillectomies by removing the toofs first, then the preop visit for the tonsillectomies should include removal of all adult toofs first. I’m sure quality of life will improve now that this cavity prevention program will now allow the ad lib drinking of strawberry double thick milkshakes as the sole means of nutrition. No toofs, no cavities, voila’—hows that for socialist medicine decisions!

ted c on February 27, 2010 at 9:12 AM

NY Congresswoman Louise Slaughter Intimidated By “Those People !”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwY2FnBfj4k&feature=related

canopfor on February 27, 2010 at 9:10 AM

WOW!! What an arrogant bee-yotch this tool is.

OmahaConservative on February 27, 2010 at 9:13 AM

and btw, dentures don’t fit between people. Think of clothing. You might be able to get it on/in for a moment, but you can’t really wear it.

JiangxiDad on February 27, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Now that’s wrong. Any woman who grew up with sisters knows that a really nice piece of clothing can be worn by everybody. A really nice set of dentures, probably the same thing.

DaydreamBeliever on February 27, 2010 at 9:15 AM

NY Congresswoman Louise Slaughter Intimidated By “Those People !”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwY2FnBfj4k&feature=related

canopfor on February 27, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Oh that Congresswoman, does she have any kind of real challenger in November, because she really looks tired, and could use a rest ;)

Dr Evil on February 27, 2010 at 9:17 AM

I doubt the veracity of this story. Besides the fact that I have heard it before, it just doesn’t sound believable.

keebs on February 27, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Dentures are in the end a cosmetic device. The woman probably took them out for eating.

It used to be much more common, but we have grown squeamish, in our wealth that the dimocraps are trying to destroy.

Slowburn on February 27, 2010 at 9:18 AM

canopfor on February 27, 2010 at 9:10 AM

So now, “Those people” is a pejorative term for tea party attendees?

OmahaConservative on February 27, 2010 at 9:19 AM

If Obamacare had saved the woman’s sister, she wouldn’t even have the used dentures.

Quisp on February 27, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Perhaps it’s easier to get to the tonsils if you first remove the teeth, thus you would save money and bend the health care cost curve down?

kringeesmom on February 27, 2010 at 9:06 AM

But…but, don’t doctors cut off feet when they go after tonsils?

donh525 on February 27, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Parapharsing, she asks “how could this happen in America?” My question is how can this decayed old molar still be a US representative?

hip shot on February 27, 2010 at 9:23 AM

My Dead Sister’s Teeth would be a great name for a band.
*with apologies to Dave Barry*

RedMindBlueState on February 27, 2010 at 9:23 AM

following the left logic:

She would be able to pay for her own dentures if she did not lose all her money paying the medical bills and funeral cost of her dead sister. People are going unburied because they can’t afford it. Obamacare should have a funeral clause as it would be cheaper than the operation to save ones life.

tjexcite on February 27, 2010 at 9:25 AM

there’s got to be some comparative effectiveness research done on the costs of tonsillectomy with and without the toofs in place. If they can save time on tonsillectomies by removing the toofs first, then the preop visit for the tonsillectomies should include removal of all adult toofs first. I’m sure quality of life will improve now that this cavity prevention program will now allow the ad lib drinking of strawberry double thick milkshakes as the sole means of nutrition. No toofs, no cavities, voila’—hows that for socialist medicine decisions!

ted c on February 27, 2010 at 9:12 AM

You are so right. However, we would need to have a Committee on Quality Control to study and regulate the thickness of the shake. There will also be a need for professional used teeth fitters (this will create jobs!!). A whole new education program will need to be created (with ffed funded scholarship grants), thus creating more jobs. and lo and behold we have saved the gov’t money and reduced the deficit.

kringeesmom on February 27, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Can someone produce this denture-bandit in the flesh? I’d like to hear the story straight from the horse’s mouth errrr, flappin’ gums.

OmahaConservative on February 27, 2010 at 9:28 AM

But…but, don’t doctors cut off feet when they go after tonsils?

donh525 on February 27, 2010 at 9:19 AM

No silly, they merely prescribe the Blue Pill, that is why we are getting Health Care Reform.!

kringeesmom on February 27, 2010 at 9:29 AM

She needs to retire be retired in November. What a dolt. This is more proof that the libtard dhimmicrats have not read the obamunism bill and don’t know what’s in it.

These people need brains not teeth.

Mojave Mark on February 27, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Dental Plan!

SoulGlo on February 27, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Since Aunt Bea Slaughter is now 80+ shouldn’t she just go crawl in the corner, take a pill and wait for the grim reaper death panel?

OmahaConservative on February 27, 2010 at 9:31 AM

She should have called Geico.

justltl on February 27, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Louise is like the crazy aunt in the room. You can’t reject her from the family gathering, but she embarrasses the hell out of everyone.
Her tales from the crypt are cringe inducing.

donh525 on February 27, 2010 at 9:34 AM

There was the lovely inevitable Letter to the Editor this morning saying if we would just let Pres. Obama help us all, the world would be a better place. Oh and Republicans are meany liars.

Cindy Munford on February 27, 2010 at 9:35 AM

She’s the one who

http://politifi.com/news/Torture-add-forces-House-Democrats-to-pull-bill-225408.html

attached the language that would pave the way for prosecuting our intelligence agents to that bill the other night.

Why do these people keep getting elected? Because of the magic “D” behind the name. I think it would do us well to simply remove the party affiliation from all ballots, so that people only have the name of the candidate.

Fallen Sparrow on February 27, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Whine, whine, whine. Do the libs do anything but whine all the time? Me thinks that they still think like the adolescents most of them are.

docdave on February 27, 2010 at 9:35 AM

DaydreamBeliever on February 27, 2010 at 9:15 AM

lol

JiangxiDad on February 27, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Oh and Republicans are meany liars.

Cindy Munford on February 27, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Not to mention, we got teeth. How dare we…

OmahaConservative on February 27, 2010 at 9:37 AM

oops bad editing. But you get the picture.

Fallen Sparrow on February 27, 2010 at 9:39 AM

That lady is the white version of Maxine Waters…

Keemo on February 27, 2010 at 8:47 AM

My prayers are answered. Now I don’t have to feel like a racist when I’m cursing Waters. I can curse Waters and Slaughter.

Here’s another problem I found with one of the anecdotes. I think Durbin was the clown assigned the task to defend the trial lawyers from tort (extortion) reform. He gave as an example a woman who underwent some minor surgery and had her face severely burned when something went awry with the oxygen-delivery device. I admit that I may have misunderstood the example. But it sounded to me as if this was a problem with a medical device rather than any doctor’s medical malpractice. I suppose that everyone in the room got sued, but again it sounded as if the guilty party was the manufacturer of the oxygen-delivery system rather than the medical personnel.

In the end, it struck me as another example in which Dem anecdotes don’t pass the common sense test.

BuckeyeSam on February 27, 2010 at 9:41 AM

So the rumors of Denture Gnomes are true?
(1) Steal dentures
(2) ????
(3) Profits!
Pretty soon they’ll be swarming over our borders offering substand dentures from points unknown.

ya2daup on February 27, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Until Obamacare is passed we must rally for:

Free consomme for the toothless!

President Gumby orders it.

profitsbeard on February 27, 2010 at 9:45 AM

WOW!! What an arrogant bee-yotch this tool is.

OmahaConservative on February 27, 2010 at 9:13 AM

OmahaConservative: Why,yes,yes she is!!!:)

canopfor on February 27, 2010 at 9:48 AM

ya2daup on February 27, 2010 at 9:43 AM

“substandard” … like my typing and previewing ability.

ya2daup on February 27, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Quote of the year goes to Ed “A Bill with real teeth…” The. best. ever.

Fuquay Steve on February 27, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Well, this just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

BacaDog on February 27, 2010 at 9:57 AM

I can see somebody really needing to use their dead relatives teeth; But this dope is using a cadavers intellect.

Cybergeezer on February 27, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Ah, but behold the Democratic thinking in action!

They know this summit is being televised, so they throw in this B.S. story so as to pull the sympathy card out and play it on behalf of the people watching.

The problem is they also think that the American people as a whole are a bunch of hicktown idiots who don’t know that B.O. care will not cover dentures, but they will still believe that most people don’t know this, so they have their mouthpiece Slaughter here play the card.

Which is why I hope that the majority of people saw this and are as a result very peeved off that the Democrats thought they could pull a stunt like this and get away with with.

And I ESPECIALLY hope that ire is triple among the people making up the district Slaughter represents and that she will then end up living up to her name come next time she is up for re-election.

pilamaye on February 27, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Barney Franks seems to get along just fine with no teeth.

GnuBreed on February 27, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Even Obama Was Stirred By Rep. Louise Slaughter’s Tale Of Shared Dentures

http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=18193

canopfor on February 27, 2010 at 10:01 AM

This administration is dumber than a pickup truck full of drunken rednecks.

Cybergeezer on February 27, 2010 at 10:04 AM

canopfor on February 27, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Heh

OmahaConservative on February 27, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Where does this woman think a lot of used clothing in the thrift stores comes from?
Dead people.
So what.
It’s called recycling.
The govt does not owe me new clothes, dentures, or health care.

Badger40 on February 27, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Love my local thrift store…they had an original Sidewinder force-feedback joystick for $10. Scrounged a power cube and drivers from the ‘net, and it works just dandy. Though the motors on that monster will turn your arm muscles to jello after long.

Dark-Star on February 27, 2010 at 10:07 AM

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