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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:01 PM

Video: Roger Hedgecock says Obamacare means "You old people, hurry up and die"


During his Jan.23, 2013 talk show on KFMB AM, Roger Hedgecock, the right wing ex-mayor of San Diego, said that the recent controversial comments by Japan's finance minister about end-of-life medical care proves that Obamacare means "You old people, hurry up and die."

Hedgecock said that because Japan has universal healthcare, and because their finance minister made controversial remarks about the costs and value of keeping elderly, dying patients indefinitely on life support, this shows the intent of Obamacare and "the final government end of the road for all of these promises about medical care. When they can't afford their promises, you old people, hurry up and die."

Hedgecock charged that Obama said to old people, "take your pill, go home, because we're not going to care for you, that's it, you're done, you're gone." After not being able to find a clip of Obama actually saying these things, Hedgecock went on to advertise a "listener trip" to Canada -- which, of course, has universal healthcare.
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Reply Video: Roger Hedgecock says Obamacare means "You old people, hurry up and die" (Original post)
uhnope Jan 2013 OP
frylock Jan 2013 #1
Canuckistanian Jan 2013 #3
frylock Jan 2013 #4
Canuckistanian Jan 2013 #2
oldandhappy Jan 2013 #5
LiberalFighter Jan 2013 #6

Response to uhnope (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:34 PM

1. convicted felon roger hedgecock is the preferred nomenclature

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Response to frylock (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:12 PM

3. What was he convicted of?

Not surprised, just curious.

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Response to Canuckistanian (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 10:26 PM

4. conspiracy and perjury..

In 1985 he was forced from office, after a second trial found him guilty of one count of conspiracy and twelve counts of perjury, related to the alleged failure to report all campaign contributions. Since California, like most states, does not allow convicted felons to hold elected office, Hedgecock was forced to resign on December 5. His first trial had ended in a mistrial due to a hung jury after the jury deadlocked 11-1 in favor of conviction. However, two of the 12 jurors in the first trial submitted sworn statements that the jury bailiff, Al Burroughs, provided them alcohol and tried to pressure them into finding Hedgecock guilty. State prosecutors then conducted an investigation into the possibility of criminal jury tampering. As part of the investigation, Burroughs admitted trying to influence the verdict. Under California Superior Court rules, any attempt on a bailiff's part to influence a verdict is "serious misconduct" that can be grounds for reversal. However, prosecutors refused to release the transcripts of their investigation interviews to Hedgecock's attorneys

An appellate court in San Diego ruled in 1988, that the judge that presided over the second trial " -- who had announced from the bench that he believed Hedgecock was guilty -- was wrong to block release of" those transcripts to the defendant. Nevertheless, Hedgecock was still denied access to those documents for two more years until he appealed to the California Supreme Court, which ordered the transcripts released. In that appeal, the Supreme court threw out the 12 perjury convictions and set aside the remaining conspiracy charge pending a hearing on Hedgcock's motion for a jury trial on grounds of jury tampering.

The defense finally obtained the transcripts in October 1990. The next month, Hedgecock reached a deal with prosecutors in which he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in return for no jail time or retrial. As part of the deal, a judge reduced the felony to a misdemeanor and dismissed the case on December 31.

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:11 PM

2. He should talk to Gov. Jindal

Who just cut off end of life care coverage by blocking the ACA.

And how dare he bring up Canada. We thank our lucky stars we don't have the immoral, greed-driven health care system that America has.

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:47 PM

5. Grief!

Did not know he was still around. Well, Roger, you are in the group now that the Japanese finance minister referred to!!

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Response to uhnope (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 11:38 PM

6. How does he explain the Japanese living longer than Americans?

1 - Japan with 82.73 years

40 - United States with 77.97 years

Canada is 11 with 80.54 years

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