Republicans “Want to See You Dead”
posted at 10:23 am on September 25, 2009 by Howard Portnoy
Reports of the public option’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Just when you thought the Democrats might actually pull off health-care reform on the wings of Max Baucus’s bill, in comes Chuck Schumer and Jay Rockefeller to reset the debate among Congressional Democrats to Square One.
“Tomorrow is the opening day in the big fight,” Schumer, said on Thursday. “It will be a big fight all the way down to the wire. The health-care bill that will be signed by the president will have a good, strong, robust public option.”
This show of intent to use brute force comes at a time when tempers are flaring among Republicans and Democrats, with both sides digging in.
Meanwhile, commentators on the far left continue to ratchet up the invective. A case in point is MSNBC’s newest blowhard, Ed Schultz, who warns his viewers that Republicans “want to see you dead. They’d rather make money off your dead corpse!” (I hate dead corpses. I’m a much bigger fan of the live type.)
The story that causes Schultz to foam at the mouth unfolds in the video below. To get a complete sense of the scenario that has Schultz so wee-weed up, cue the video to 1:10 and continue at least through the “video within a video.”
Interestingly, at YouTube this video is titled “Eric Cantor’s insane rant at a Town Hall meeting.” Cantor’s rant, mind you!
My question for Ed Schultz, for the person who posted this video, and for all like-minded individuals is what they would do for this woman now, under the current laws, that is different from what Eric Cantor recommends. Bear in mind that ObamaCare, if it were passed today, would not go into effect until 2012. The woman with cancer needs treatment immediately.
So for starters Schultz’s outrage is bogus or at the very least misdirected. But more importantly, his argument — which is more or less the standard Democrat party line — that the public option would automatically help people in situations like this woman’s fails to hold water. While it might be possible for a government-run health care program to circumvent rationing, it hasn’t been done to date in any country with socialized medicine. Nor have the Democrats presented a persuasive argument explaining how any version of ObamaCare would avoid this pitfall.
Cross-posted at Zombie Contentions