Friday, March 25, 2011

Malignancy, the GOP & Lance Armstrong

I see from The News that Iowa's own Steven King (not related to the famous author) has likened the health care reform act to a "malignant tumor" that must be yanked from the body for the patient (i.e., the US) to survive.

It's no secret that I am a cancer survivor myself, and it's good to see that a fellow cancer survivor, famous cyclist and record Tour de France seven-time-winner Lance Armstrong is calling King out on his bullshit:

"That is certainly a poor choice of words, I think. Certainly he would admit that. … I hope? ...Maybe he should use a sports analogy, or something, for his own sake."
Armstrong is in Washington to urge Congress not to cut funding for the National Institutes of Health, which faces a 5.1 percent cut over the next six months as part of a House-passed spending bill.
You go, Lance!

Okay, so who the fuck is Steve King? For the novices, King is a Rethug asshole (but I repeat myself) from Iowa who thinks that he's "all that", much more than he really is, and I guess he thinks that he can play "kingmaker" in the Iowa caucuses next year.

Fuck him. And the hose horse he rode in on.


Anonymous said...

The Wall Street Journal's headline says it all. “Health insurers plan hikes” just before the November 2010 elections.
The WSJ also reported straightforwardly today that insurers are blaming the rate hikes on the health care bill, “Rate Increases Are Blamed on Health-Care Overhaul.” The news itself is clear; major insurers are deliberately raising insurance rates—again—and are doing so just before the midterm elections; they are linking the rate hike to their opposition to the Obama administration.


Anonymous said...

MORE JUDGES HAVE SAID IT WAS OK. THE REPUBLICANS DID IT. As I remember(???) Obama wanted Health to be free. To get the GOP and Blue dogs to allow a vote they added the you must pay for it part. The first Bill gave Americans free heath care. The GOP hated anybody getting it for free and wanted o save the Health Insurance companies from cheap heath care. And hurt Democrats right before a election.
What about the seniors that had to swallow "Bush Part D" plan?? They don't have a choice, they have to pay a penalty if they don't sign-up!

Anonymous said...

The Congressional Budget Office, the best source of data on the cost of healthcare reform, estimates that new government costs associated with reform between 2010 and 2020 will add up to about $1.2 trillion. That's the figure cited by critics of the plan. But GBO also says those costs will be offset by more than $1.3 trillion in cost savings and new revenue, which will lower the national debt by about $170 billion over that time period--not raise it. Funny, most do not know this. WHY? Obama wanted health care to be free. the GOP would not let it go to a vote till making people pay the insurance companies money was added. then it was voted on, and the GOP started yelling about making people pay for the GOP's insurance payments deal.


Farnsworth68 said...

Thanks for the well-written and incisive comments, d4d. Welcome and I hope to hear more from you.
--The F Man

Anonymous said...

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