Sunday, February 28, 2010

Healthcare on Fox News Sunday

Fox News Sunday today provided a study in contrasts between the Democrats and the Republicans.

The topic was O's healthcare bill. The first segment had Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ). Typically, Kyl gave straight-forward answers to Mike Wallace's questions. Menendez, on the other hand, evaded answering directly preferring instead to monopolize the microphone and attack Kyl and the GOP. It's not surprising Menendez should act this way he having the morally weaker hand.

The second segment had Paul Ryan (R, WI-1st), the well-spoken ranking member on the House budget committee. Wallace characterized Ryan as the one Republican President Obama didn't want to mess with, someone who knows as much about the issue as he does.

Ryan made it very clear to everyone that was listening that relying on the CBO's costing of the current healthcare bill can be very misleading:
…the CBO has to score the legislation that's put in front of them. And the legislation that's been put in front of them is full of smoke, mirrors and gimmicks.
The Fox News panel predicted passage of the bill will fail. And, it will fail to pass if there are enough Democrats left that will do the morally responsible thing. We shall soon see.


Ron Russell said...

I also saw that show and thought Jon Kyl and Paul Ryan did well especially Ryan as he seems to have a more complete understanding of the bill before congress. Like you indicate the CBO's scoring of the bill is full of pitfalls the way the bill is written and this was done intentionally to mislead us---thats the dirty, rotten, stinking part of this whole mess. Those democrats in the congress think we are all stupid and they can literally get away with anything they wish.

hbl said...

And, it almost seems as if the Dems have gone suicidal with this healthcare bill. The only explanation I can think of is they see this particular time and circumstance as their last best hope of doing something TR started a hundred years ago. And they break out in a cold sweat at the thought of the opportunity slipping out of their grasp. It's total insanity.