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Eric Cantor; The Most Sympathetic Politician

For the first time this summer the Health Care debate, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) fielded open questions from his constituents on the health reform debate at the Richmond Times-Dispatch “public square” forum yesterday.

One constituent Patricia Churchill shared the story of one of her family member’s current battle with cancer. Churchill told Cantor that her relative has several stomach tumors, yet recently lost her job and her health insurance coverage. Churchill stressed to Cantor that this particular relative needs an operation as soon as possible to save her life.

Cantor who does not support the public option told Churchill that her relative should seek ‘other government options’ or to find a charity that might help with her much needed cancer treatment.

Cantor, who serves as the chief whip for his party, has said that he cannot support a health reform bill with a public option. But despite his political opposition to government insurance programs, Cantor then emphasized to Churchill that every American should be given an “option” for health care, including a government program:

CHURCHILL: I have a very close relative, a woman in her early forties, who did have a wonderful, high-paying job, owns her own home and is a real contributing member of society. She lost her job. Just a couple of weeks ago, she found out that she has tumors in her belly and that she needs an operation. Her doctors told her that they are growing and that she needs to get this operation quickly. She has no insurance. […]

CANTOR: First of all I guess I would ask what the situation is in terms of income eligibility and the existing programs that are out there. Because if we look at the uninsured that are out there right now, there is probably 23, 24% of the uninsured that is already eligible for an existing government program […] Beyond that, I know that there are programs, there are charitable organizations, there are hospitals here who do provide charity care if there’s an instance of indigency and the individual is not eligible for existing programs that there can be some cooperative effort. No one in this country, given who we are, should be sitting without an option to be addressed.

Today, Cantor called for a complete ‘scrapping’ of President Obama’s proposed public option insurance program.

So, Cantor believes no American should be left without an option; it just shouldn’t be a public option. Instead he seems to believe the options should be charities that provide assistance or Medicaid, which obviously not all Americans are eligible to receive. But he doesn’t believe Americans should have a competitive option, just the beggar’s option.

Nice Mr. Cantor, nice. Let’s hope you can find a charity or qualify for Medicaid once your constituents send you packing forcing you to leave behind the nice health insurance package that Americans currently pay for you and your family to have.


Tea Party Organizer Outs Himself on AC360

Anderson Cooper had tea party organizer Mark Williams as a panel member on AC360 on Monday night. Williams denounced those carrying blatantly racist signs against President Obama during the tea parties as “no more part of the mainstream of America than the hippies who wear nipple clips and feather boas in San Francisco streets during so-called peace demonstrations.”

Williams tried his best to act as if this ‘movement’ is nothing more than Americans upset about paying taxes and big government, but Anderson Cooper must have done some research. Maybe it was Anderson’s way of undoing some of the free publicity CNN gave the Teabaggers over last weekend.

Cooper was quick to remind Williams that his own statements and posts on his blog don’t support his statements, “What you’re saying makes sense to me here when I’m hearing what you say but then I read on your blog, you say, you call the President an Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug and a racist in chief.”

Williams shrugs and responds, “Yeah, that’s the way he’s behaving.”

Cooper asks Williams if he really believes Obama is an Indonesian Muslim and a welfare thug. The tea party leader digs the hole a little deeper: “He’s certainly acting like it. Until he embraces the whole country what else can I conclude.”

Until he embraces the country? What is this guy on? Where has he been? We have a President that is trying every single thing possible to address the poverty, joblessness, excessive corporate greed, lack of decent healthcare, and so on and he doesn’t embrace Americans?

Well, then what do these teabaggers suppose he do to show he really cares about Americans? I know, maybe he could start a bogus war and send all the Children of the Teabag off to war? Maybe he could start spying on our phone calls and reading our mail again? Maybe he could violate the constitution? Maybe he could some CIA agents? Maybe he could take more vacations? Maybe he could tell Americans and Congress he just doesn’t care what they think or how they feel because he’s The Decider. Then maybe, just maybe the teabaggers would feel he’s finally embraced the country?

Nope no racism here

Nope no racism here

Mr. Mark Williams must think because he, Dick Armey and Freedom Works Lobbyists have convinced 60,000 racist tools to work against their own best interests while helping the very people who want to destroy their Medicare and Social Security that so many depend on, that he could somehow convince the viewers of AC360 to do the same.

While it’s good enough for them, it’s just not good enough for you

Ya know how many members of the GOP in the Senate and Congress have been telling us that government run healthcare is nothing more than socialized medicine that will force costs to be out of control? Ya know, you don’t want no stinking healthcare from the government. It’s already awful, it will just get worse.

Well seems that’s only the case for all of us. But, if we were members of the Senate or Congress then it would be A-OK to have this type of healthcare. Heck, in fact it really is good care. Just ask those same members of the GOP how well it’s working for them.

You see even though they’re telling you one thing, they have absolutely no problem doing another. I know, you’re shocked to find out that what they say is not what they do and vice versa, but hey don’t be. They work hard ya know. They deserve to have their healthcare paid for by Americans, since they are working hard for those Americans after all.

Just how good is that socialized government healthcare? Well courtesy of let’s ask these fellas shall we?

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who warned in July 2009 that “a government takeover of health care” would “take away the care that people already have [and] are perfectly satisfied with.” In its place, the senator said, would be “a system in which care and treatment will be either delayed or denied.” But what he doesn’t tell you that in 2003, McConnell actually went to one of those government-run institutions for a procedure of his own. The Kentucky Republican traveled to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to have an elective coronary artery bypass surgery after it had been revealed that he had arterial blockages.

Also known as Bethesda Naval Hospital, the National Naval Medical Center is the premier branch of the US Navy’s system of medical centers. Yes that’s right the government runs this hospital. It’s also the place where elected officials of all ideological stripes and political branches often go get surgery performed. Indeed, members of Congress pay an annual fee for the privilege of getting treatment at Bethesda Naval Hospital or, for that matter, Walter Reed Army Medical Center. It is, as longtime Democrat Martin Frost wrote for Politico, “like belonging to an HMO.” Only, in these cases, the surgery is conducted at a public facility.

Yes these very officials who have no problem taking advantage of this congressional perks are the same ones now against what they call the intrusiveness and inefficiencies of a health care system with greater government involvement.

Former Presidential candidate Senator John McCain, (R-Ariz.) recently applauded the town hall protesters who were, in his words, revolting “against a government-run health system.” That was August 2009. In May of 2000, McCain had surgery at the Bethesda Naval Hospital to remove a potentially lethal melanoma from his left temple.

So who else has been cashing in on the congressional perks?

How about Senator Kit Bond (R-Mo.), who warned of the rationing of care, expensive costs, and reduced quality that would come under a government-run health care plan. In April 2003, however, he traveled to Bethesda Naval Hospital to undergo hip replacement surgery in an attempt to alleviate degenerative arthritis in his left hip.

Or Senator George Voinovich, (R-Ohio), who has declared that a “bureaucratic Washington-run government plan is not the answer” to the nation’s health care needs. In June 2003, the Ohio Republican (who is retiring from the Senate in 2010) went to Bethesda Naval Hospital to have a pacemaker installed.

But, who’s the biggest hypocrit of the bunch? How about Rep. Roy Blunt, (R-Mo.) who compared government-run health care to an elephant, stomping on and killing off the mice of the private insurance industry. Blunt himself has had two procedures done at Bethesda Naval Hospital. The first came in July 2002, when he underwent surgery to remove his left kidney. The second came a year later, when he underwent prostate surgery after being diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer.

So, that’s it folks. While it may be well and good for the GOP to receive government run ‘socialized’ healthcare when they need treatment, they can’t let you fall into the same trap. They are trying to protect you and your families from such an awful system. It would be far better for your family to go without and risk losing everything you have if one of you gets sick or loses your coverage than to allow that nasty old mean government to provide a solution much like the one available to those congressional members working so hard to protect you.

Whew…………….don’t you feel better knowing these men are on the case and have our best interests in mind. I sure know I feel much better having them out there working hard.

Poor poor Ms. Jenkins

As if the ‘Great White Hope’ debacle or the laughing at a single mother who can’t buy insurance wasn’t bad enough for Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) it appears it’s only getting worse.

Jenkins attempted to hold another town hall only this time she spoke about anything and everything minus Health Care Reform or the public option, that is until her constituents reminded her they came to talk about Health Care.

From the Topeka Capitol Journal

Jenkins answered questions from about 15 people during a scheduled hourlong town hall meeting in Lawrence. She arrived at 4:10 p.m., about 10 minutes late, and told the crowd of about 250 that the session would end at 5 p.m.

Jenkins spoke about her opposition to relocating Guantanamo Bay detainees to Kansas, the reasons she didn’t support the stimulus package and how she opposed the appropriations bill because of earmarks. After 15 minutes, some audience members grew restless and spoke over Jenkins, telling her they wanted to talk about health care.

We will get there,” Jenkins said, and then added that she had done 26 town hall meetings so far and had never had a group treat her with such disrespect.

You need to be respectful to us,” an audience member countered.

Jenkins continued, talking about how cap-and-trade legisation was “dead on arrival” in the Senate, as well as other energy issues.

“C’mon,” someone in the crowd said.

Jenkins then turned to the health care reform bill, H.R. 3200, which she said she doesn’t support in its current form but “doing nothing is no longer an option.”

She said nothing should come between the patient-doctor relationship, particularly the government, and health care should be affordable and accessible to all Americans regardless of pre-existing health conditions.

She said she supports advanceable tax credits to low- and modest-income Americans to help pay for health insurance, small businesses banding together to offer health insurance at lower costs, tort reform and improving health savings accounts for long-term and future health care needs.

The options are not 3200 and nothing,” she said.

Audience members voiced their concerns on a variety of topics, including how government employees should have the same health care plan as nongovernment employees; the accessibility of affordable health insurance for young adults; and the low infant mortality rate and other criteria that reflects the lack of accessibility and poor quality of health care in the United States.

Other audience members countered that the nation’s health care system is better than those found in Canada, Great Britain and France.

David Goering, a Lawrence physician, asked Jenkins about her stance on end-of-life care and the “death panels” some health care reform opponents say it will create.

I don’t think there’s any truth to the death panels,” she said, but added that to an 80-year-old grandmother who is afraid she won’t be able to get a pacemaker it “may feel like a death panel.”

Responding to a University of Kansas student who said Republicans continually ask Democrats to compromise on health care reform but then don’t hold up their end of the deal, Jenkins said: “The Democrats have unfettered power in Washington. My opinion is not needed.

She said that if Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wants something, she gets it.

A woman in the audience spoke up, telling Jenkins she has a role in the House.

You’re our representative,” she said.

Kent Henson, a graduate student in social work at KU, said he was satisfied that he was able to express his point of view during the town hall meeting. He supports a public option because it will allow Americans access to a large risk pool and help control administrative expenses.

I believe we need public support when free market principles fail to provide shared prosperity,” Henson said.

People started showing up for the town hall meeting at 1 p.m. Members of Kansas Health Care for All handed out brochures and bumper stickers, while Lawrence Move On Council set up a table near the parking lot.

Supports of a single-payer plan and other health care reform initiatives lined up outside of the Dole Institute holding signs that said: “Single payer,” “Make For-Profit Health Insurance Illegal,” “God’s Love is Stronger Than Our Fears,” “Medicare for All,” “Why Not Health Care for All,” “Your doctor should think about what is best for you – not for your insurance company.”

For me, this is not a political issue,” Carol Greib, of Lawrence, said. “It’s a human life issue. It’s an economic issue.

Dennis Alford, a KU student majoring in social work, came early to be sure to get a seat at the forum.

From a social work standpoint, this is the biggest social justice issue (in our time),” he said. “It’s also political, moral, economic and religious, so I can see why people want to have their say.

Martin Goodwin, of Lawrence, who came with a sign that said “No Bama Care,” said it was his first time to attend a town hall meeting.

So, Ms. Jenkins has no say, can’t do anything to help her constituents because she isn’t Nancy Pelosi? Come on Ms. Jenkins, why’d you want the job?

Why is it that these so called Representatives and members of Congress think it’s perfectly acceptable that hard working Americans, many who are just getting by should pay for health coverage for Ms. Jenkins and her colleagues, yet those very same Americans aren’t deserving of the same coverage?

Maybe it’s time to remind your representative or senator that they may lose that coverage come election time when they are voted out off office.

From the Great White Hope to Laughing at a Mother’s Concern

As if Freshman Rep Lynn Jenkins idiotic comment about finding the ‘Great White Hope’ to run on the GOP ticket against Obama wasn’t stupid and racist enough, she now shows us that she’s not only a biggot but also a heartless shru who finds the struggles of American families something to laugh about.

When Jenkins attempted to host another town hall in her GOP dominated district of Kansas on Monday she might have surprised to find that most attending the town hall meeting in Ottawa advocated a public option. True to the GOP format Jenkins reached a not-so-surprising conclusion….“We’re just going to agree to disagree about the public option,” she said.
One attendee who disagreed with Jenkins, was Elizabeth Smith, a 27-year-old Ottawa waitress who later said her son hasn’t been to a doctor in 21 months, except for emergency room visits for ear infections, because she can’t afford either insurance or a doctor’s visit.

Smith, wanted to know what was wrong with a government-run plan for Americans who are currently uninsured.

Jenkins response to Smith? She’d rather give subsidies to families to allow them to buy private insurance.

When asked directly why she was against a government-run program, Jenkins laughed and said, <i>”A government-run program is going to subsidize not only yours but everybody in this room. So I’m not sure what we’re talking about here.”</i>

I know Ms. Jenkins claims she had no idea that the statement ‘Great White Hope’ was offensive, of course she didn’t, how could she?

But will she tell us now that she wasn’t aware of the pain and suffering of millions of Americans? Will she tell us it was nervous laughter, maybe predicated by her guilty conscious over the fact that the woman she was laughing at pays to provide Ms. Jenkins with Government sponsored healthcare but cannot pay for health care for her own child?

Oh of course, what was I thinking. I’m sure that Ms. Jenkins feels great pain for this woman’s situation. She has afterall shown us she has a great amount of compassion for the plight of Americans in her recent attempts at finding her footing in the party of NO. Looks like she’s well on her way.

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