Saturday, November 7, 2009

Tancredo Storms Off Set After Moulitsas' Challenge On Vets' Health Care

Former Republican congressman Tom Tancredo asserted on MSNBC that all veterans are dissatisfied with Veterans Administration care and want a more privatized system: "Every veterans group I ever went and talked to complained about the Veterans Administration... They would much rather have vouchers that would allow them to go out and buy their insurance in a private marketplace."

The problem is that he was debating Markos Moulitsas, founder of the Daily Kos and a veteran. Moulitsas questioned the credentials of Tancredo, who supported the war in Vietnam yet received a deferment after telling doctors at his physical that he'd been treated for depression. Markos said, "Tom, I'm a veteran. Okay? I did not get a deferment because I was too depressed to fight a war I supported in Vietnam. I'm a veteran. They want a more effective V.A. ..."

When Moulitsas refused to apologize, Tancredo stormed off the set. Tancredo did not show the same sensitivity when he attacked then-Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor for belonging to La Raza, which he called "a Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses."

Moulitsas concluded that the Republicans "built an entire ideology predicated on telling people that government does not work. They are terrified of government programs that work because then people will realize that the government's not the enemy..." Watch:

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