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So WHO should apologize?

Just in case you thought that, gee, maybe the GOP has a point about Rep. Alan Grayson owing them an apology for his remarks (see J.P. Green’s post below) about their bogus health care “plan,” Think Progress has a collection of some of their more intemperate ‘greatest hits’ bashing the Democratic health care reform proposals — none of which they have apologized for. Read the following, and then decide whether you think Rep. Grayson owes the Republicans any kind of apology:

– “Last week Democrats released a health care bill which essentially said to America’s seniors: Drop dead.” [Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL), 7/21/09] (video clip here)
– “They’re going to save money by rationing care, getting you in a long line. Places like Canada, United Kingdom, and Europe. People die when they’re in line.” [Rep. Steve King (R-IA), 7/15/09] – “The Republican plan will] make sure we bring down the cost of health care for all Americans and that ensures affordable access for all Americans and is pro-life because it will not put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government.” [Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), 7/28/09] (video clip here)
– “That’s exactly what’s going on in Canada and Great Britain today…and a lot of people are going to die.” [Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), 7/10/09] – “One in five people have to die because they went to socialized medicine! … I would hate to think that among five women, one of ‘em is gonna die because we go to socialized care.” [Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), 7/15/09]

And hey, we don’t remember Saint Joan of the Tundra apologizing for her drivel about Democratic “death panels,” nor Rep. Michelle Bachman’s apology for calling for renewed witch hunts to ferret out ‘anti-American’ elected officials (video here). If the Republicans want to declare a moritorium on overheated rhetoric, let them set an example. Otherwise Dems should not feel guilty for using every media opportunity to educate the public about the Republicans’ lack of a health plan and the Democrats serious reforms.

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