Posted by | March 21, 2010 19:58 | Filed under: Top Stories

by Thomas Wellborn

Parading the lie yet again, Rep. John Boehner put U.S. Health Care at the top of the list as the world’s best, and David Gregory didn’t bat an eyelash, let alone move to question or correct him.  Instead, Gregory responded by showing an image of Nancy Pelosi riding on a horse, herding cats.  Yes, really.

DAVID GREGORY: Leader Boehner, do they have the votes?

: Well, it’s clear from– listening to– to Steny that– they don’t have the votes yet. You have to think about this, 54 speeches by the President of the United States over the last year. A year’s conversation with the American People. And they’ve been heavily engaged in this conversation for nine months. The Senate bill’s been out there now for three months. And yet, after all of this hand wringing, all of this debate, millions of Americans upset on both sides of this debate– we’re about to make this historic change on a purely partisan vote.

And I think if the American People stay engaged in this fi– fight– for the next few hours– that this– this fight is not lost yet. This fight for having real health care reform– on a step by step basis to make our current system work better– really can happen. But first, we have to stop this bill. Which will ruin our economy– ruin our health care system, the best health care system in the world.

DAVID GREGORY: All right, you’ll– you’ll be able to respond to some of the substance of that. But I thought Rex Dowdman in the Sacramento (UNINTEL) cartoonist summed up what the final push really looks like in this cartoon. You have Speaker Pelosi, the rough rider, trying to herd cats, literally in the Democratic Caucus. To Leader Boehner’s point, why is this vote so close? Does it have something to do with the fact that if you look at the opinion surveys, the public’s against it?

REP. STENY HOYER: No, I don’t think that’s right. The Economist poll shows that the majority of Americans are for it. Kaiser (PH) shows that Amer– Americans are for it. Wall Street Journal poll that came out just a few days ago shows that–

DAVID GREGORY: That’s our poll. That’s not what it shows. It shows– a majority want them to complete it, but the majority are opposed to it.

REP. STENY HOYER: Well, I think if you look at every one of the internals David about– stopping insurance companies from– from preventing preexisting conditions from getting insurance. From putting– so much money on– you have to spend per year that you go bankrupt. And not putting on– lifetime caps. Those insurance reforms. Those process reforms– to insurance companies that are hurting Americans– are all supported by overwhelming numbers of people.

REP. STENY HOYER: Listen, there’s no question—-we ought to have a– national exchanges so that the free market can be– operate so you can have transparency and competition. Let me also say about this vote, David– you remember the prescription drug bill? You remember that it took them three hours from 3:00 AM in the morning to 6:00 AM– in the morning– to– bludgeon their members to get it to pass. And it was very controversial. And guess what? People like that prescription drug program. And in fact, we’re gonna make sure that the failures of that program to– to make sure all Americans could afford it– we’re gonna close the donut hole for seniors. So, I think that– Americans are for this bill. What they don’t like is the divisiveness, the competition, and very frankly, the misrepresentation.

It’s a well-known fact by now for anyone who’s been following the health care reform debate that the U.S. ranks somewhere around 37th in the world for its health care outcomes. Many who are in opposition of reform have rendered facts as having little or no consequence when making their case, even when said talking points have been disproven time and time again.

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