RINO of the Day: Nebraska’s Jeff Fortenberryby Stephen Gordon
It wasn’t all that long ago that Karl Rove was using an example of Republican socialized medicine to illustrate why Democratic socialized medicine is bad. Now here’s Nebraska Republican Jeff Fortenberry calling for an increase in government health care spending:
In addition, we could expand subsidies for high risk pools for those with chronic illnesses and who are having affordability problems.
To a great degree, Republicans are currently fighting socialized health care by citing cost projections and then saying “we can”t afford it.” This leaves the door wide open for the Democratic response of shaving a few bucks off their plan to give us socialized health care “we can afford.”
I’d argue that the GOP leadership needs to make their arguments based on principles, but I don’t think there are senior Republicans who can even spell the word, much less put it into practice.
I’ll try to put it in language that even congressmen can understand, though: Expand subsidies=bad; decrease or eliminate subsidies=good.