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October 01, 2009

A Minor Correction

By: John Caruso

Alan Grayson's heart is in the right place, but he got this wrong:

"If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: die quickly," [Grayson] said. "That's right. The Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick."

No, the Republicans don't want you to die quickly, they want you to die profitably.  And as long as you're doing that they're happier if you stay alive longer, because after you shuffle off this mortal coil you stop being a human ATM for their various constituencies, like health care-denial corporations, pharmacidical firms, and residential fleecing facilities for the elderly.

And of course it's not just Republicans.

Other than than, totally agreed.

— John Caruso

Posted at October 1, 2009 12:16 AM

I must really be drunk with disgust right now, because that seems like a reasonable post to me. And good for Alan Grayson, though he's going to have trouble keeping his seat in that Florida district he's in. Then again, maybe he thinks a good offense is the best defense. He should and I assume will ignore the Republicans who want him censored. I hope Nancy Pelosi doesn't get weak on him. Fingers crossed.

The strange thing about the Republican party right now is that even most Republicans think there should be a public option, when they are in thinking mode, but they have become a cult, and thinking isn't what they do.

The strange thing about this post is that it feels hyperbolic, but it actually isn't. The health insurers certainly want to maximize their profits, because that is the fiduciary duty their officers have to the corporation, which means the accusation of this uncivil post is actually legally correct and accords with traditional economic theory to boot. Ouch, the truth hurts. But most Republicans certainly aren't thinking about that or anything else beyond the basic ideology of government = bad. They, the cult members, only want what is best for everyone, which is what the cult leaders tell them is best for everyone. And cult followers do not question cult leaders.

The Democratic Party "leaders" must be green with envy.

Posted by: N E at October 1, 2009 01:29 AM

I loved to see Olbermann and Maddow take a tall piss on this guy just to prove their "seriousness". And over the most pathetic thing too -- his choice of one word, "holocaust" to describe the deaths of 45,000 people a year. Both of the "liberals" seemed to think the word ought to have a copyright symbol after it. Maddow went as far as to ask him about his vocabulary three times as if she was wrestling down someone on a vital issue of the day.

I suppose she was. The issue being the importance of protecting an apartheid state from words not even directed at it. Much more important than saving 45,000 lives a year and bringing America into the 20th century.

You stay classy, Rachel!

Posted by: DavidByron at October 1, 2009 10:04 AM

Good point, JC.

Posted by: JRB at October 1, 2009 11:18 AM

Following up on DavidByron's comment, maybe one way to get subversive facts past the media filter is to append the word "holocaust" to them. Just imagine, on your TV news: "Representative Alan Grayson sparked a controversy when he used the word 'holocaust' in reference to the deaths of an estimated 45,000 Americans due to lack of health insurance." Then, all over the country, sleepy news viewers sit upright in their chairs and say, "Hey, wait a minute - 45,000 Americans die every year due to lack of health insurance?"

Why, it's brilliant in its simplicity.

Posted by: SteveB at October 1, 2009 11:40 AM

SteveB: Good observation, but I don't know about a fact leading to a thought.

Hasn't everybody noticed that the only people in the country not in favor of a public option are media pundits, members of Congress, and lobbyists, shareholders, officers, and executives of health care denial corporations (I sort of like Caruso's name there), along of course with the batshit crazy portion of the GOP that chants in unison to whatever tune is playing. Literally almost everybody else already knows the real deal on this, even most of the GOP.

I'm sick of 'oh no he compared it to the holocaust' histrionics too.

Posted by: N E at October 1, 2009 04:21 PM

every dead peasant a little miracle.

Posted by: hapa at October 1, 2009 08:20 PM

I got into a small argument with two siblings who agree with single-payer health care, but took objection to his using the word 'holocaust' saying that this choice of a word hurt his cause.

I said hockey pucks to that idea - it is a holocaust (or a slow nakba) and that is what we should call it. And Grayson's two little speeches did more to inform the American people and advance the cause of health care reform than anything since SICKO came out.

After wasting some time with the siblings, I recommended that they take some ACTION around this issue instead of worrying about what WORD was used.

Posted by: Susan at October 5, 2009 12:12 AM