From the party that brought you “death panels,” meet — well — just “death.”
Republicans and private health insurance firms are aghast at the inclusion of a so-called “public option” in House and Senate healthcare overhaul bills.
None more so than Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who’s charged with leading resistance in the Senate. In an interview Wednesday revealed by ThinkProgress, McConnell declared that the government insurance option would lead to government takeover of the entire healthcare system.
“I think if you have any kind of government insurance program, you’re going to be stuck with it and it will lead us in the direction of the European style, you know, sort of British-style, single payer, government run system,” McConnell remarked. “And those systems are known for delays, denial of care and, you know, if your particular malady doesn’t fit the government regulation, you don’t get the medication.
Then, he added, “And it may cost you your life. I mean, we don’t want to go down that path.”
Republicans aren’t the only party throwing around the d-word, however. Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) recently took fire over comments on the House floor in which he declared that the Republican health care plan involved hoping for patients to “die quickly.”
The following audio is The Dennis Miller Show, broadcast on Oct. 28, 2009.
‘We lost New Mexico to Mexico’: Internet breaks into hysterics over Trump wanting to build border wall on Colorado
The president of the United States indicated he accidentally forgot where the state of Colorado was during his speech to an energy conference of fracking companies Wednesday.
Trump told the audience he was building a "wall" in Colorado, which is the state just north of New Mexico. If Trump was referring to his U.S.-Mexico border wall, it's the southern New Mexico border on which he intends to build the wall.
It prompted many to wonder if the president whipped out his fact-changing Sharpie yet again.
Giuliani henchmen caught on tape doing statewide tour for Indiana Republicans during 2018 election
New images of Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman with prominent Republicans emerged on Wednesday.
"Two associates of Rudy Giuliani who are accused of illegally funneling foreign money into U.S. campaigns attended an Indiana Republican event promoting U.S. Sen. Mike Braun and others just days before the 2018 election," the Indy Star reports.
"The reason remains a mystery," the newspaper noted.
House Homeland Security chairman directs sergeant at arms to ‘take action’ against Republicans who raided SCIF
On Wednesday, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) sent a letter to the Congressional sergeant at arms, Paul Irving, asking him to "take action" against the gang of House Republicans who invaded the classified information facility during an impeachment hearing.
"This unprecedented breach of security raises serious concerns for Committee Chairmen, including me, responsible for maintaining SCIFs," wrote Thompson. "As such, I am requesting you take action with respect to the Members involved in the breach. More broadly, I urge you to take House-wide action to remind all Members about the dangers of such reckless action and the potential national security risks of such behavior."