The GOP, tea party & right wing wacko consortium are losing it after the passage of health care reform that guarantees coverage for Americans. They seem to find concepts like no lifetime caps on coverage, no insurance rescission if you get sick, no pre-existing disease exclusions as alien rights that should not be part of the American social net. With candidates and office holders alike jumping on the “Kill the Bill” bandwagon, it is clear that they don’t value the sanctity of life unless it is a cluster of cells in the uterus. As evidence of this activity, we have 12 Republican Attorney Generals including Cucinelli of VA who I’ve covered before, joining the cleverly labeled GAG US group (Grandstanding Attorney Generals United in Stupidity) to challenge the legality of the health care reform bill. I’m happy to see, that as of now, our Republican Attorney General doesn’t seem to be trying to jump on this bandwagon even if Gubernatorial candidates Neuman and Walker seem to think this is the way to go.
Neumann sees the health care reform bill passage as a way to raise money for his losing campaign as evidenced by this Google ad.
Beyond the political posturing, the GOP opposition to health care reform has unleashed a slew of scary and damaging actions including multiple examples of uncivil behavior, property damage and calls for violence taking place around the country. Before the election, we saw this in the racist attacks on John Lewis with the use of the “n word” and the anti-GLBT attacks on Barney Frank with the “f word“. During the vote, we saw this with TX GOP Representative Randy Neugebauer yelling out “Baby Killer” to conservative Democratic Representative Bart Stupak when he supported health care reform. After the vote, Bart Stupak is reporting that he’s received many obscenity laden calls on his home phone. In New Jersey, following the posting by a blogger of the alleged home address for Tom Periello, a Democratic Representative who voted for the bill, (it was actually his brother’s home address), potentially life threatening vandalism occurred when the gas line to the home was slashed according to ThinkProgress. Around the country, the offices of Democratic officeholders and of the local Democratic Party have been vandalized as radical right wing zealots toss bricks through windows in these buildings.
Robert Scheer on TruthDig has clearly framed the results of the “party of no’s” actions in the political arena as evidenced in this quote.
“As it is, however, the lock-step march of the Republicans in radical resistance to even the most modest proposals to heal a deeply ailing nation leaves the Democrats as the only party that matters. The Republicans are a party of incoherent rage, and while they might temporarily succeed as demagogues, they are now acknowledged strangers to fact and logic—not to mention compassion.”
This musical video montage with John Boehner’s angry posturing and Obama’s Yes We Can, captures the spirit of what is happening today.
Hat tip to Pam’s House Blend
I spoke too soon about GOP AG Van Hollen not jumping on the GAG US band wagon to sue the United States against health care reform. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Van Hollen decided to seek the Democrats approval to sue over health care reform, four days after the law was passed.