Look! It’s our non-sleeping senator, Mitch McConnell, on the front page of the left-leaning news-and-celebrity T&A website The Huffington Post. And hey, there’s John Boehner, too! What did these fine men do to deserve such an honor? Why, they’re lying dicks!
In a sign of escalating tension on Capitol Hill, the Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, accused Democrats and the Obama administration on Tuesday of trying to muzzle critics of their proposed health care legislation.
Mr. McConnell, known for his composure, rarely loses his cool on the Senate floor. But he was steamed about what he alleged was an attempt by Democrats to silence Humana, the big insurance company, which just happens to have its headquarters in his home state.
“I rise to call my colleagues to a truly disturbing development in the health care debate,” Mr. McConnell said on the Senate floor. “A colleague of ours — a colleague of our has called for an investigation into a major health care company because this company informed its customers of its concerns about health care legislation that this colleague of ours introduced.”
The identity of the colleague is no secret. He is Senator Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana and the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
And with the finance panel beginning its public debate of the major health care legislation on Tuesday, the political fight is intensifying. [The New York Times]
Egads, a rebuke from one industry shill to another! What drama! Let us not forget that McConnell, in the 2005-2010 election cycle, has earned himself $713,350 from health professionals for, uh, good behavior. And his record of voting to protect inflated prescription drugs prices while at the same preventing Medicare from paying for those artifically expensive drugs should make him a vampire in the cataract-laden eyes of the nation’s elderly. But oh no, wait… he was not finished:
“This gag order, enforced through an agency of the federal government, is wrong,” he continued. “It started when a company based in my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, Humana, had the temerity, Mr. President, the temerity in the eyes of some of our colleagues to explain to its customers that if Medicare Advantage is cut, as the chairman’s mark requires, it may reduce benefits, which of course is a common-sense conclusion.”
“This is American — citizens, either as individuals or grouped together in companies, have a fundamental right – a fundamental right – to talk about legislation they favor or oppose in this country,” Mr. McConnell added. “This is the core of the First Amendment’s protection of speech.”
Of course, Humana was spreading lies about the already-industry generous reform legislation, essentially scaring old people over nothing in order to protect their shareholders. This kind of hyprocrisy would be funny if it didn’t make you want to throw up everywhere all of the time.