Saturday, February 27, 2016

Rep. Grayson on the GOP healthcare plan

From his emailer:

A little over six years ago, on the Floor of the House, President Obama invited the House Republicans to show their health care plan to him. To make it look good for themselves on C-SPAN, they waved something at him that looked like a healthcare plan. Blank pieces of paper. The Republicans waved blank pieces of paper at the President of the United States. That was their healthcare plan. I didn’t like that. So I took to the House Floor armed with nothing but poster boards, an American flag tie, and a lot of courage. This is what I said:

“It’s my duty and pride tonight to be able to announce exactly what the Republicans plan to do for health care in America … . It’s a very simple plan. Here it is: The Republican healthcare plan for America: ‘Don’t get sick.’ If you have insurance, don’t get sick. If you don’t have insurance, don’t get sick. If you’re sick, don’t get sick. Just don’t get sick! And the GOP’s “backup plan”:
If you do get sick, America, the Republican healthcare plan is this: 'Die quickly.’”

The Republicans were apoplectic. They looked like their heads might explode. In fact, at that moment, it looked like they were in some serious need of healthcare themselves.
Thursday night, as I watched the GOP debate, I learned that I had left something out of my description of the GOP’s healthcare plan. I inadvertently omitted an important detail. And I would be remiss if I did not update my past statement, based upon this new information. So, without further ado, I present to you an amended version of the GOP healthcare plan:
"The Republican healthcare plan for America: Don’t get sick. And if you do get sick, die quickly-- in the streets." I shouldn’t have left that last part out, before. My bad.

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