John Cole at Ballon Juice says,

Hell, I can’t, for the life of me, figure out what value the insurance companies add at all. Seems like all they do is skim money off the top, add layers of paperwork, and then screw people when they get a serious illness.

Can anyone answer his question?


Over the past weekend Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) said…

We should not have a government program that determines if you’re going to pull the plug on grandma.

Of course there is no provision in any bill before either house of Congress to create a “government program that determines if you’re going to pull the plug on grandma.” To the extent that Senator Grassley is trying to promulgate that idea, he is a liar. This raises two questions in my mind.

First, why doesn’t someone, anyone, just come out and speak the simple truth that Republicans are liars? Something like, “Sarah Palin said that health care reform is going to create death panels who will decide whether or not to euthanize children with Downs Syndrome. She is lying. She is a liar. You can’t believe a word the woman says.”

Second, why in the hell are the democrats in the Senate negotiating with Chuck Grassley on health care?  The man knows that the end of life care provisions have nothing to do with “pulling the plug on grandma,” or at least he should since he voted for the exact same provision in 2003. It would be interesting to hear someone argue that Senator Grassley’s mendacious claims are what you would expect from a peson negotiating in good faith.

In an editorial against health insurance reform dated July 31, 2009, the fine folks at Investor’s Business Daily informed us that…

People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn’t have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.

Of course, anyone with a passing acquaintance with reality knows that Stephen Hawking lives in Britain. The last I checked Britain is indeed part of the UK and Dr. Hawking is still alive.

When caught in a completely bogus claim, what did Investor’s Business Daily do? They deleted the above paragraph and added a pretend correction,

Editor’s Note: This version corrects the original editorial which implied that physicist Stephen Hawking, a professor at the University of Cambridge, did not live in the UK.

I call it a pretend correction because no one actually cared about the editorial’s lack of veracity when it came to Professor Hawking’s address. People were concerned that the IBD saw fit to build an entire editorial built around a lie about the British NHS, which they supported by using the original Hawking claim. Caught in an outright lie IBD could have manned up; instead the editors decided to pretend that they never published the lie in question.

By itself this might be funny. Sadly, however, the right-wing attack on health insurance reform is built entirely on this type of fast-and-loose relationship with the truth.

Quick question for all of you…

What well-known person spoke the following words?

The discoveries of healing science must be the inheritance of all. That is clear. Disease must be attacked, whether it occurs in the poorest or the richest man or woman simply on the ground that it is the enemy; and it must be attacked just in the same way as the fire brigade will give its full assistance to the humblest cottage as readily as to the most important mansion. Our policy is to create a national health service in order to ensure that everybody in the country, irrespective of means, age, sex, or occupation, shall have equal opportunities to benefit from the best and most up-to-date medical and allied services available.

We know from his support of a public health care that these must be the words of a rabid, foaming-at-the-mouth socialist. Someone who has absolutely no respect for capitalism or the free market. Who is this mystery man?

Winston Churchill.

What a communist tool.