Friday, November 6, 2009

Teabaggers Receive Government Run Health Care while Protesting Government Run Health Care

There has been a fair amount of coverage of the teabaggers who descended upon Capitol Hill at the request of Rep. Michelle Bachman. They were there wearing buttons and holding signs that claimed that people should "waterboard Congress" and speakers were still desperately trying to scare people by falsely claiming that health care reform would create "death panels." All of this came because the teabaggers don't want a public option -- something that would help to make sure Americans had access to affordable health care.

While they were spreading these lies, there were at least five protesters who received government run health care because they became ill while protesting government run health care. Here's what the Washington Post had to say about one of those situations.
More ominously, a man standing just beyond the TV cameras apparently suffered a heart attack 20 minutes after event began. Medical personnel from the Capitol physician's office -- an entity that could, quite accurately, be labeled government-run health care -- rushed over, attaching electrodes to his chest and giving him oxygen and an IV drip.

This turned into an unwanted visual for the speakers, as a D.C. ambulance and firetruck, lights flashing, pulled in just behind the lawmakers. A path was made through the media section, and the patient, attended to by about 10 government medical personnel, was being wheeled away on a stretcher just as House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) stepped to the microphone. "Join us in defeating Pelosi care!" he exhorted. A few members stole a glance at the stretcher. Boehner may have been distracted as well. He told the crowd he would read from the Constitution, then read the "we hold these truths" bit from the Declaration of Independence.
Since quick action is needed after a heart attack, I think it's safe to say that this man should be extremely thankful that there was a form of government run health care in place that could come to his aid so quickly. The fact that the program went on and included speakers who claimed that "It is tyranny! It is socialism!" and GOP Members of Congress who claim that providing affordable health care is more dangerous than terrorism, however, seems to suggest that they don't care about the fact that government run health care was providing an example of its value right in front of their eyes.

Since the teabaggers proved that they're willing to go to spread extremist rhetoric that has no basis in reality, people who believe that all Americans should have access to affordable health care must make sure their voices are heard. You can do that by calling the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. The teabaggers were focused on the House of Representatives yesterday, but Members of both the House and Senate need to be reminded that their constituents support a public option.


  1. It is important to point out that these people are the set that while opposing government run health care are more likely than not Medicare recipients.

  2. Wow, these people just don't get it. It's all about defeating Obama and the Democrats, not about these perceived injustices.
    We oppose Republicans because of what the do and what they explicitly plan to do; they oppose us out of spite and what they think is happening.