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Massachusetts Liberal

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

They can't handle the truth

The volume of lies emanating from Republicans about Massachusetts health care could fill the Grand Canyon. Now there's a definitive piece of work that should set the standard for all reporting in the campaign ahead.

The Globe's Brian Mooney has extensively documented the pluses -- and minuses -- of the five-year-old law now derisively labeled at RomneyCare. Coupled with Ryan Lizza's look at Massachusetts' experience, it's easy to see how much liberty has been taken with the truth by GOP ideologues who put party above country.

Take Rick Perry. Please. The Texas governor, now a presidential darling two years after talking about secession, was caught in an outright lie for which he was forced to apologize when he declared:
“The number of uninsured people in Massachusetts is about the same as it was when the mandates were passed in 2006.’’
Or the outright ignorant boorishness of Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn who verbally accosted Deval Patrick before he said a word about the Massachusetts experience:
“Looking forward to what you have to say about a failed program in your state, MassachusettsCare.’’
Mooney offers the real picture: more insured than ever before; costs still not in total control; difficulties in achieving the perfect balance on mandates and cost-sharing.

What clearly emerges is a system that has begun to grapple with the problems of providing quality health care, the intricate balance between cost and access. It is the blueprint for national action.

But in today's Republican Party, as Lizza documents, what was sound policy a decade ago is liberal claptrap today. The GOP's basic strategy is to be against anything Barack Obama stands for -- whether health care, debt reduction or a Libyan solution.

Knee-jerk conservatism, rejecting fact even when it stands in direct contrast to fact and reality. That is the overriding doctrine of a party that would prefer to prevent an economic recovery and job creation in the quest to win the White House in 2012.

That's why the work of Mooney and Lizza should be standard background for reporters covering the GOP nomination race.

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Blogger MickeyWhite said...

This is coming from the women who told us we needed Massachusetts Ex. Gov. Mitt Romney for our next president.

Congressman Marsha Blackburn bashes TennCare as an example of how bad Obama’s proposed Universal Health Care Plan will be for all of America. Well that’s real nice but she fails to note the fact that she campaigned for Mitt Romney whose Massachusetts Universal Health Care Plan is Bankrupting that state.

Obama may be taking this nation over the edge with regards to health care reform but it was Congressman Blackburn’s favorite yank that gave him the map to follow.

Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
She is no conservative.
See her unconstitutional votes at :

June 26, 2011 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad Ted Kennedy couldn't work with Nixon when national health care was proposed in the early 70's.

June 27, 2011 9:17 AM  

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