Wednesday, July 22, 2009

To Sen. Jim DeMint, Health Care Is A Political Game

The most explicit admission that health care to the Republicans is a political game came from Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina. He spoke in terms that echoed Rush Limbaugh's hope that Obama fails:

DeMint: If we're able to stop Obama on [health care reform], it will be his Waterloo. It will break him and we will show that we can, along with the American people, begin to push those freedom solutions that work in every area of our society.

By the "American people," does DeMint include the overwhelming majority of citizens who want a government-run health care plan and are willing to pay more taxes so that everyone can be covered?

Obama criticized DeMint's priorities and clearly indicated what is at stake:

Obama: Just the other day, one Republican Senator said, and I’m quoting him now, “If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.” Think about that. This isn’t about me. This isn’t about politics. It is about a health care system that is breaking American families, breaking America’s businesses and breaking America’s economy. (h/t Think Progress)

The Democratic National Committee produced a hard-hitting ad about DeMint:, in an article on the many South Carolinians losing health insurance, presented the terrible choice faced by one couple: life-threatening illness or financial ruin:

After 25 years with the same company, Andy Stark lost his job and his health insurance.

While he found other work, it paid 30 percent less and had no benefits.

Then his wife got cancer.

Now the Simpsonville couple is struggling to pay medical bills they expect will total about $140,000.

“This is not the way things should be in America,” Andy Stark said.

In South Carolina, 670 people a week lose their health coverage, according to data from Families USA. In the decade ending in 2008, premiums soared 119 percent, increasing costs to employers and workers and adding to the spiraling cost of health care, according to the nonprofit group.

Does Jim DeMint, in the midst of his political games, have a "freedom solution" for Andy Stark and his wife?

1 comment:

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