Gov. Rick Perry and other GOP leaders around the country have whipped the kooky Right into such a frenzy over health care reform that they are spitting on congressmen, threatening violence and even home invasions of Democratic representatives. It’s cynical and ugly, and just when you think it can’t get worse….
…You discover that the GOP proposed the very thing it now calls (in Glenn Beck’s confused vocabulary) communist-fascist-socialist-totalitarian tyranny. Perry threatens to secede from the Union over it. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott commits taxpayer money to a frivolous federal lawsuit challenging it. Neither they nor their masters — Beck, Limbaugh et al — bother to remind Americans that the reforms were, largely, Republican proposals. The Miami Herald reports:
The lawsuit against the health care overhaul filed Tuesday by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is focused on a provision that has long been advocated by conservatives, big business and the insurance industry.
And then there’s this chart detailing the similarities between the health care reform just passed by Congress and a GOP proposal from 1993. Mandatory insurance coverage? You bet. The GOP loved it. Require large employers to provide insurance to employees? You bet. The GOP loved it. Bans on exclusions for pre-existing conditions? You bet. The GOP loved it. Subsidies for low-income Americans? You bet. The GOP loved it.
(Thanks to KRLD radio star Scott Braddock for this, and for all his truth-seeking on health care reform).