I'd also like to present this educational chart that informs folks of what happens when Cons and their ideology (or should that be "idiotology"?) are dominant in a state:
Throughout their all-out campaign to stop health care reform, Republican leaders have relied on questionable forecasts from the Lewin Group, a subsidiary of insurer UnitedHealth Group. Now, another study funded by UnitedHealth has some unwelcome news for the GOP braintrust: the red states they represent are the unhealthiest in the nation. Following on the heels of the Commonwealth Fund's 2009 Scorecard of state health care system performance, the United Health Foundation's report is just the latest confirmation that health care is worst where Republicans poll best.
This reality, of course, isn't preventing them from trying to stall health care reform so they can kill it. Coburn says he'll even demand the entire bill's read on the floor, a stupid delaying tactic that's just going to make them look like pathetic little fucktards in the end. Besides, didn't Dems have a speed-reader handy?
Glenn Beck's apparently feeling frisky after his operation, comparing Dems' attempts to reform health care to Roman Polanski's child rape. You stay classy, there, fearmonger-in-chief.
But Cons, really, are mostly irrelevant in this. It's the Conservadems who cause so much grief. Idiots like Stupak, who was on Faux News thumping his chest and proclaiming his mighty might. He's spelled it wrong - it's mite. The only thing looking mighty right now is his hubris.
Hell, even Ben Nelson's not on his side.
Other Conservadems, however, are still acting the nitwit. Progressives ask them, "How much do you really want to kill health care reform? Really? Cuz if you don't wanna play, we can leave the ball in your court." And Sherrod Brown says, "We showed you our willingness to compromise. Where was yours?"
Damned good question.
Joe "With Us on Everything but the War - Well, and Everything Else" Lieberman got treated to a vigil. I hope he enjoyed it.
Maybe he should be taken to a free clinic next:
Rich Stockwell, senior producer at MSNBC's "Countdown", writes about his experiences at the free clinic funded by viewer contributions:
New Orleans, La. — - It happened as I watched a 50-something woman walk out, after spending several hours being attended to by volunteer doctors. "She's decided against treatment. A reasonable decision under the circumstances," the doctor tells us as she heads for the next patient. The president of the board of the National Association of Free Health Clinics tells me why: "It's stage four breast cancer, her body is filled with tumors." I don't know when that woman last saw a doctor. But I do know that if she had health insurance, the odds she would have seen a doctor long ago are much higher, and her chances for an earlier diagnosis and treatment would have been far greater.
After watching for hours as the patients moved through the clinic, it was hard to believe that I was in America.
We need reform. We need strong, meaningful reform, and we need it now.
Fuck the Cons. Fuck the Conservadems. Get it done.