The Disintegration Of The Republican Party Is A Gift That Keeps On Giving.

From the April 2nd New York Times. Yes. I know. April 2nd was quite awhile ago. But until you start buying ads or otherwise enable me to start a revenue stream with my little blog garden that lets me hire a full time staff, you're just gonna have to deal with the occasional delay:

WASHINGTON — Richard L. Scott is unusual in these tough economic times: a rich, conservative investor willing to spend freely on a political cause.


Uh-oh. Sounds scary. We've seen this before.

Mr. Scott is starring in his own rotation of advertisements against the broad outlines of President Obama’s health care plans. (“Imagine waking up one day and all your medical decisions are made by a central, national board,” he warns in a radio spot.) He has dispatched camera crews to other countries to document the perils of socialized medicine.

Somehow I'm betting his film crews are gonna miss how socialized medicine in places like the UK results in better care and longer life expectancy for less than half as much money as we spend.

He visited with lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week, and his new group, Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, has hired a leading conservative public relations firm, CRC, well known for its work with Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the group that attacked Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, during his presidential campaign.


Oh shit. The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Whose definition of "truth" was "outright baldfaced lies" "Dammit Drugmonkey", I said to myself as I read the article. "I hope you enjoyed the Obama honeymoon, because the fuckers who weren't too proud to have decorated military veterans try to convince us that you could become a decorated military veteran by being a pussy are back. Time to suit up for battle."

Mr. Scott’s emergence this spring as the most visible conservative opponent to Mr. Obama’s not-fully-defined health care effort has former friends and foes alike doing double takes, given Mr. Scott’s history.

Once lauded for building Columbia/HCA into the largest health care company in the world, Mr. Scott was ousted by his own board of directors in 1997 amid the nation’s biggest health care fraud scandal. The company’s guilty plea and payment of $1.7 billion to settle charges including the overbilling of state and federal health programs was taken as a repudiation of Mr. Scott’s relentless bottom-line approach.


Wait. The nation's biggest health care fraud scandal? I suit up to fight on the battlefield of ideas and what they send out is some crook who stole millions in taxpayer dollars, probably while complaining all the while that taxes were too high? THIS is supposed to be the big scary face of what will scuttle the health care reform this country so desperately needs?

Fine. Lemmie get out my sword and lop off his head anyway. This won't take long.

Mr. Scott has said his sole policy interest is to see to it that whatever overhaul Mr. Obama and Congress consider does not move the country toward a socialized system and away from what he calls his four pillars of reform: “choice, competition, accountability and personal responsibility.”

“After spending over two decades in the health care provider industry, I’ve seen these principles work firsthand,” Mr. Scott said in a recent statement

"Well, maybe not the personal responsibility so much in my own case" he could have easily said but didn't. "I suppose I wouldn't be some rich fuck living it up in Florida if I had taken responsibility for what I had done."

"That probably takes out accountability too now that I think about it." He didn't add. Oh well, that still leaves two pillars!"

By the way, Obama's proposal, while still a work in progress, is increasingly looking like it will feature a new, public insurance plan available to people unhappy with, or unable to buy, insurance in the private market. Now go take a look at those first two pillars again. You will be able to chose a public plan that competes with the Blue Cross from hell that has been prior authing you to death while jacking up your premiums every year. Yeah. So much for the pillars.

Wow that was incredibly easy and unsatisfying.

I miss having a worthy opponent.
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