Deep Stupid

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Today I bring you Senator Mary Landrieu, of Louisiana.  At a town hall in her state, Sen. Landrieu had this to say about the public option in health care reform:

I’d like to cover everyone — that would be the moral thing to do — but it would be immoral to bankrupt the country while doing so.

She could not have gotten more things wrong in one sentence if she’d tried.

The public option has nothing to do with universal coverage.  They’re two distinct things.  The health care reform legislation currently under consideration has two goals: universal coverage, and reducing health care inflation.

The public option is aimed at the latter, not at universal coverage.  If you think it’s immoral to bankrupt the country while providing universal coverage, the public option should be the thing you insist on keeping in the bill; not the thing you insist on stripping out.  Passing universal coverage without the public option (or a similar cost-control measure) is what would break the budget.

Saying you want to keep the country from spending too much on health care and therefore  you’ll filibuster any health care bill that includes a public option (a threat Landrieu implicitly makes elsewhere) is like saying you want to keep the country safe from enemy bombers and therefore you’ll filibuster any defense bill that includes money for the Air Force.

It couldn’t be any more stupider.

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6 Responses to “Deep Stupid”

  1. jazzbumpa Says:

    It couldn’t be any more stupider.

    It’s really risky to challenge them that way.

  2. alsturgeon Says:

    Ha! Great comment.

  3. Terry A. Says:

    More stupider, you say?

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32587963/ns/politics-more_politics/

  4. alsturgeon Says:

    Leave it to Terry. 🙂

  5. jazzbumpa Says:

    Hope you don’t have a copyright . . .

    http://jazzbumpa.blogspot.com/2009/09/deep-stupid.html

  6. urbino Says:

    Steal away, jb.

    I really should comment on your blog and ME’s from time to time. I’m a terrible person.

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