Wednesday, April 11, 2012

This pretty much says it all about the health care debate:

From Think Progress [10 April 2012]: (emp add)
Republican Congressman Scolded And Mocked By Senior Citizens For Embrace Of Ryan Budget

Rep. Dan Benishek’s (R-MI) embrace of the Republican Party’s platform ran into stiff opposition at a town hall meeting in Saulte Sainte Marie, Michigan when at least a dozen constituents, many of them senior citizens, pushed back against Benishek’s claims on Medicare, Social Security, oil subsides and health care reform.

Benishek couldn’t even get through his opening remarks before attendees began criticizing his support for Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) proposed budget that would increase the cost of health care for seniors by providing “premium support” vouchers to eligible senior citizens. ...

... for half an hour, Benishek fielded several suggestions on how to increase funding for Medicare, ranging from ending oil subsidies to increasing taxes on the wealthiest two percent, suggestions that Benishek summarily dismissed. ...

“There are no government subsidies for oil,” he told one woman who suggested ending the very real subsidies given to oil corporations to help defray the cost of Medicare. ...

Benishek, who served as a medical doctor before he was elected to Congress in 2010 ... told the audience that the United States has the best health care system in the world, before he was literally laughed at by several attendees.

“We have the highest life spans in the world,” argued Benishek. Several women in the audience quickly pointed out that in fact, many countries with universal health care place higher than the United States in terms of life expectancy, including Canada, Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands. The United States ranks 50th, just behind South Korea and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“I don’t believe that’s true,” said Benishek. “How can you not know that, you’re a medical doctor?” one woman replied.
(Technically there are no subsidies for oil. Instead, there are special tax advantages which pretty much amount to the same thing.)

Dan Benishek replaced (retiring) Bart Stupak in the 2010 "Tea Party wave" election with 120K votes over the 94K votes for the Democrat.

Benishek endorsed Herman Cain in the 2012 Republican presidential primary.


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