Typical Washington Rhetoric (Republican Edition)

November 20, 2009

While Harry Reid and Senate Democrats are off trying to use taxpayer money to essentially bribe support for their health care reform bill, the Republicans are in attack mode.

Republicans are questioning whether the bill would lead us to government-run health care, questioning the bill’s financing (higher taxes and Medicare cuts), and also pointing out the fact that the bill does not result in insurance coverage of 100 percent of the population.

And that latter point brings up something that I just had to laugh and shake my head at when I saw it coming from the Republican talking points.

The GOP talking points are currently throwing around the fact that 24 million Americans would remain uninsured even if this Reid health care bill was put into law. What they won’t tell you though is that about 1/3 of these 24 million are illegal immigrants, a group that most Republicans have fought to prevent from receiving any taxpayer-funded health insurance coverage. Had the bill actually covered those 7-8 million illegal immigrants, Republicans would be shouting that fact from the rooftops (or maybe just the House chamber).

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