Remember this, just now? How poll after poll after poll shows that more than half of America does not approve of this legislation? Well Sheldon Whitehouse thinks you’re all members of the Aryan Nation for it.
“Voting ‘no’ and hiding from the vote are the same result. Those of us on the floor see it. It was clear the three of them who did not cast their yes votes until all 60 Senate votes had been tallied and it was clear that the result was a foregone conclusion. And why? Why all this discord and discourtesy, all this unprecedented destructive action? All to break the momentum of our new young president.
They are desperate to break this president. They have ardent supporters who are nearly hysterical at the very election of President Barack Obama. The birthers, the fanatics, the people running around in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups, it is unbearable to them that President Barack Obama should exist. That is one powerful reason. It is not the only one.”
Sheldon Whitehouse’s logic makes inbred hillbillies look like purveyors of GENIUS. Totally! It’s RACIST to oppose government expansion under the guise of health care!
The very end of Whitehouse’s speech was interesting:
“The bad behavior you see on the senate floor is the last thrashing throes of the health insurance industry as it watches its business model die!”
Health insurance stocks are climbing in early trading as investors react to the news that Democrats’ health care bill cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate. The bill would force all individuals to purchase insurance, and would offer hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies to help some of them do so.
Either way the big, bad, insurance industry (baaad capitalism! Hugo Chavez agrees with you!) was going to rake it in because forcing everyone to have health insurance gives money to insurance companies.
Is congress high? Was this supposed to be a three finger snap moment for them? Because total FAIL.
[Whitehouse vid via Hot Air]