Edited on Thu Sep-10-09 04:09 PM by Barack_America
Joe Wilson's Dirty Health-Care Secret
By Adam Weinstein
Poor Joe Wilson. The conservative Republican representative from South Carolina stepped in it Wednesday night when he broke with centuries of decorum by screaming, "You lie!" at President Obama during his health-care speech to a joint session of Congress.
Cut the man some slack. He's passionate! I know this because he told me, in the sole message that blazes across his campaign Web site: JOE WILSON IS PASSIONATE ABOUT STOPPING GOVERNMENT RUN HEALTH CARE!
Except that he's not;at least not when it comes to his, and his family's, government-run health care. As a retired Army National Guard colonel, Wilson gets a lot of benefits (one of which, apparently, was not a full appreciation of the customs, traditions, and courtesies that mandate respect for one's commander in chief). And with four sons in the armed services, the entire Wilson brood has enjoyed multiple generations of free military medical coverage, known as TRICARE.
To be fair, Wilson has been consistent in his policymaking if not his personal life: according to his last congressional opponent, Wilson voted 11 times against health care for veterans in eight years, even as he voted "aye" for the Iraq War (during the debate on the war vote, he even called one Democrat "viscerally anti-American"─several times). He voted to cut veterans' benefits─not his own─to make room for President George W. Bush's tax cuts. He repeatedly voted for budgets that slashed funding to the Veterans Administration and TRICARE. And perhaps most bizarrely, he refused─repeatedly─to approve Democratic-led initiatives that would have extended TRICARE coverage to all reservists and National Guard members, even though a disproportionate number of them have served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan─and many lost access to their civilian work benefits when they did so.
"As a 31-year Army Guard and Reserve veteran, I know the importance of TRICARE," he said in a press release. "The number of individuals who choose to enroll in TRICARE continues to rise because TRICARE is a low cost, comprehensive health plan that is portable and available in some form world-wide." He went on to call TRICARE "world class health care," concluding on a personal note. "I am grateful to have four sons now serving in the military, and I know that their families appreciate the availability of TRICARE," he said.
What does that mean? Nothing─except that Joe Wilson was against government-run health care before he was for it. And now he's against it again. Just not when it comes to his own flesh and blood.
Adam Weinstein, an Iraq veteran, is a freelance journalist. He is uninsured.
Bastard has no problem gorging at the government trough but he makes sure everyone else gets elbowed out. And...he's a whore for insurance companies too. Hope this sinks his political career forever. asshole $448,214 for Rob Miller so far!
i'm guessing he has a long history of this sh*t and anyone from the newspapers in the area who has half a brain could find dozens of cases where this guy votes against the ideas he has pretended to support
52. Why would anyone want to be one of "these" inhuman robots? Sicko's!
Weird little minded people who epitomize the lowest of the low when it comes to the "new" Republican poster "boys and girls". Sick little minded "humans" that only think of their interests. While the money could be going to our own citizens for their health care it goes to those who determine who gets care and who does not by the $$$$ signs. They care not for this country by their actions but only that they themselves are taken care of. I bet he calls himself a Christian too. Shameful actions from a man who I am sure is passing his hate filled thoughts and actions down to his children.
There is something so infuriating about lies continuing to thrive... but all the chaos now IS proof of change. Just difficult to have patience, especially since most DUers/progressives/liberals could see the lies ages ago.
66. trying to stop swearing so much, but 1st; FUCK YOU Joe, you hypocritical asshole
OK, now I'll start working on that swearing thing. Oops, not yet. One more thing. An even bigger fuck you to the ignorant racist assholes in S.C. who continue to vote for him to be their voice in our government, and an equally big fuck you to the millions of citizens scattered around the country who revel in their hate and ignorance, to whom Joe Wilson is no doubt being transformed into a folk hero.
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