Republicans want to kill grandma!

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 @ 10:38 am | Clueless Conservatives, Politics

One of Dana’s crackpot authors got aroused after reading this bit of theater in The Hill:

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner’s office (R-Ohio) pointedly vowed on Tuesday to push ahead with legislation repealing healthcare reform.

Boehner’s office responded to a letter sent by the Senate’s top five Democrats, vowing to block a House bill repealing healthcare reform, with a terse, 65-word note.

Boehner’s office wrote:

Senators Reid, Durbin, Schumer, Murray and Stabenow:

Thank you for reminding us – and the American people – of the backroom deal that you struck behind closed doors with ‘Big Pharma,’ resulting in bigger profits for the drug companies, and higher prescription drug costs for 33 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D, at a cost to the taxpayers of $42.6 billion.

The House is going to pass legislation to repeal that now. You’re welcome.

– Speaker-Designate John Boehner’s Press Office

Just to clear up any confusion, Boehner is talking about Medicare Part D, a bill written and passed by a Republican congress. Boehner voted yes on Medicare Part D and also voted yes to the amendments that would guarantee exclusivity to stateside drug manufacturers.

Here’s John Boehner singing the praises of the bill:

When I first arrived in Congress I promised to be an advocate for fiscal responsibility and accountability. Here are some things I’ve been working on to keep that promise; to curb the growth in government spending and to ensure that what is spent is spent wisely.

… Even the Medicare reform act that passed in 2003 contains provisions aimed at lowering costs in the long-term. The inclusion of Health Savings Accounts, which allow individuals to save money in a tax free account for routine medical expenses, will go a long way towards reducing the liabilities of the Medicare program.

John Boehner is a deficit peacock who has no real interest in going up against Big Pharma but he is clever enough to know that Teh Librul Media will dutifully transcribe and disseminate anything he wishes to proclaim regardless of it’s accuracy. Especially if it conforms with Beltway free-spending-Democrats and fiscally-conservative-Republicans stereotypes. But the result in two years would be that Democrats wouldn’t have to spend a dime producing “Boehner wants to kill grandma!” themed 30 second spots because companies like Novartis and Pfizer will have them ready to run during prime time.

Boehner can strut all he wants but he can’t go back and change his voting record nor does he have the backbone to attempt to sell free market theology to the DC pharmaceutical lobby.


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