Durenberger takes aim at health reform fearmongering

  • Article by: JILL BURCUM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 2, 2010 - 2:23 PM
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thatsmeFeb. 24, 10 5:24 PM

Yea Durenburger! We're all so relieved that you say everything is cool. Thanks so much. Another great thing about it is that it's a trillion dollars and we're broke. But aside from that it really is a great thing. Well, that and the inevitable rationing, tax hikes, medicare cuts and more government control over our lives. But all that really horrible, scary stuff aside I'm sure it will be a great success. Brace for impact.

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thatsmeFeb. 24, 10 5:25 PM

Yea Durenburger! We're all so relieved that you say everything is cool. Thanks so much. Another great thing about it is that it's a trillion dollars and we're broke. But aside from that it really is a great thing. Well, that and the inevitable rationing, tax hikes, medicare cuts and more government control over our lives. But all that really horrible, scary stuff aside I'm sure it will be a great success. Brace for impact.

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thatsmeFeb. 24, 10 5:31 PM

Oh yeah, it's actually not a trillion dollars and it won't lead to rationing or tax hikes, or more government control. Health care will get better under the government. You know, like welfare won the war on poverty. Uh huh. Sure. Thanks for clearing all that up Dave. Okaaay.

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maxwellpowerFeb. 24, 10 5:43 PM

Say, you're pretty good at those wing nut talking points. I especially like the sarcastic inflection you're trying to put on them. However, your efforts are wasted here. I'm thinking team GOP already has enough people trying out for a spot on the nut squad. I did hear that team "tin foil hat" was looking for a water boy. As long as you've got a pair of boot straps to go along with your vitriol I'd say you've got a pretty good chance at making the cut. Best wishes.

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granma4peaceFeb. 24, 10 6:25 PM

"I think it’s four times more important now than it was then (1993) because the costs are four times as bad and they’re escalating more quickly and the entrenched behavior of the medical industry is so bad today compared to what it was then. If we can’t move toward universal coverage, if we can’t do anything to bring everybody in America into the system, we’re going to discover that the costs are unbearable three or four years from now."

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RedGuyInBlueStateFeb. 25, 1010:14 AM

"The main thing that's changed is the definition of a Republican." Many Democrats have used this argument - that Republicans have moved to the right. However, anyone that knows anything about politics knows that the Republicans of today are nowhere near as conservative as Reagan and the 1994 Contract With America Republicans.

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inquireFeb. 25, 1010:35 AM

Rove's Republicans have no intention of letting constructive legislation pass on Obama's watch. Rove's plan is clear. He has told us what it is. He is doing it. Republicans are keeping discipline and generally not breaking ranks. It reminds one of Southern filibusters directly after the Civil War. Why don't Democrats confront this for what it is? Not governance, but obstructionist electioneering.

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allarson73Feb. 25, 10 8:52 PM

Right now health care costs are being driven in part by the uninsured and underinsured using the system without paying anything into the system. This needs to change. We can't say okay if you don't have insurance and can't afford to pay you get nothing, that's immoral. The logical solution is to require everyone to obtain health insurance, not necessarily through the government. The Government could offer a plan that is affordable to low income individuals that otherwise would not be able to afford to pay into the system. This seems like a good idea.

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scoobrsFeb. 25, 1010:29 PM

Yes, Reagan was SO conservative that he passed a massive economic stimulus bill that made up a larger percentage of America's economy than Obama's did. You'll never hear Republicans today mention that because history is only the sections they choose to remember. They also think Adam Smith was a Libertarian and that our Founding Fathers were Christians, not deists who fled from nations with established religions. They forget that John Adams and the other Founding Fathers in Congress passed federal, Socialized medicine for sailors only ten years after our Constitution was passed.

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lordhawhaw1Feb. 26, 10 1:18 PM

What is fearmongering anyway? Does is mean anyone who sees a Federal takeover of 1/6th of our economy and speaks out about it is a fearmonger? Does Fearmongering mean that anyone who disagrees with the Elite Left about the fact that Federal mandating of personal health insurance would be unconstitutional? (Remember that pesky little document Jill?) Are those the Fearmongers who have actually read the bill and cite study after study that shows the Dems plan is going to result in higher costs and lower quality health care?(Insert Cuba here)- Next time, instead of using someone who is no longer a Republican and was convicted of misuse of public funds try talking to a current actual Conservative before writing your next Pravda propaganda speech.

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