Michele Bachmann's on about abortion field trips. I probably don't have to tell you this nefarious plot to impregnate teens and then abort their babies is only in her fevered imagination, but in case any wingnuts stumbled in here by mistake: she's making shit up, folks.
As far as actual health care's concerned, the ER is the Cons' answer to every health care woe - even major depression. I'm sure ER physicians are overjoyed at the abundance of chronic diseases being foisted on them by dumbfuck ideologues.
Sen. Corker told a former Canadian Public Health Minister that Canada's just a big ol' parasite, letting America do all the innovating while they do all the benefiting. Reality check, please:
A dumbshit and a douchebag. Yup, he's a Con.Canada brought the world insulin, developed bone marrow transplantation, and conducts more lung transplant surgeries than the United States. Meanwhile, of the twenty most profitable pharmaceutical manufacturers, only nine are from the United States — the rest are from western Europe, Japan, and Israel, all of which have universal health care systems that Corker so is opposed to.
And speaking of dumbshits and douchebags, the Cons in the Senate have decided to take a strong stand on health care - for the insurance companies:
Last week, during the Senate Finance Committee's debate on health care reform, a frustrated Sen. John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) noted that the private insurance industry is "running certain people" in the Senate.
As the process drags on, Rockefeller's Republican colleagues seem to be going out of their way to prove him right.
It's getting late in the Senate Finance Committee's writing of a health-care bill, but not too late for Republicans on Wednesday to make one more valiant stand for the health insurance industry.
Late in the afternoon, Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa), the top Republican on the committee, requested consideration of the "Grassley F-1 Modified Amendment." Its goal: eliminate $7 billion a year in fees that the government would charge private health insurance companies, and make up the shortfall by reducing benefits to poor people and legal immigrants.
Someone needs to refresh them on how the whole Robin Hood thing actually works, and why the Sheriff of Nottingham wasn't the hero.
Meanwhile, Eric Cantor's whining that the White House never calls Cons anymore. Sen. Harkin advises him not to wait up, seeing as how there won't be any Cons involved in merging the Finance Committee and HELP Committee bills. Nope, not a single one.
Looks like Mitch McConnell saying Cons wouldn't support health care reform no matter what Dems do was the final straw that broke the bipartisan back, there.
So really, all that's left is ensuring that the merged bill doesn't suck, and that's all in Dem laps. Cue progressive pressure on Harry Reid for an honest-to-goodness public option.
I'll nearly die of shock if it happens, but there's a chance we're actually going to get some decent health care reform. Keep pressuring recalcitrant Dems, and we'll see if they take Rep. Grayson's advice and grow a pair.