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Republican Medicare Beneficiaries Slam ‘Government Care’

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Last Wednesday, the Associated Press “interviewed a handful of retiree delegates to the Republican convention to sample their views on health care and other issues that most concern them.” Ironically, while all of the interviewees registered their dismay for so-called government health care, all relied on government-funded Medicare, Medicaid or Veterans Health Care to cover their health care costs:

– Peggy Lambert, a member of RNC’s platform committee, is a Medicare beneficiary:

– On health care reform: “I’m not sure I know what the solution is. I just know what the problem is…It’s a terrifying experience to know that you have no coverage, and you limit your trips to the doctor, and there’s just so many things you can cut back on.”

– Frmr. Montana Gov. Tim Babcock benefits “from free prescriptions he’s entitled to as a World War II veteran”:

– On health care reform: “It’s an emotional thing that the Democrats like to build up, that everybody doesn’t have health care. I think I was about 40 years old before I realized there was such a thing as health insurance, and I got along all right.”

– John Ortega of Bettendorf, Iowa is a 67-year-old Army veteran who “receives Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans Administration insurance”:

– On health care reform: “I think small or regular business can handle that better than the government can.”

This phenomena is not uncommon. As the Wonk Room pointed out, while the 2008 Republican platform states that “Republicans support the private practice of medicine and oppose socialized medicine in the form of a government- run universal health care system,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) himself is a beneficiary of government administered care.

As a 72 year-old war veteran senator, McCain benefits from The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, in which “the Government pays 72 percent of the average premium toward the total cost of the your premium,” and is potentially eligible for the government administered Medicare program and the Veterans Health Care administration, “the largest integrated health system in the United States.”

Hypocritical in their argument, some Republicans do have a single message: do as we say, not as we do.

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>Republican Medicare Beneficiaries Slam ‘Government Care’

>Think Progress-The Wonk Room

Last Wednesday, the Associated Press “interviewed a handful of retiree delegates to the Republican convention to sample their views on health care and other issues that most concern them.” Ironically, while all of the interviewees registered their dismay for so-called government health care, all relied on government-funded Medicare, Medicaid or Veterans Health Care to cover their health care costs:

– Peggy Lambert, a member of RNC’s platform committee, is a Medicare beneficiary:

– On health care reform: “I’m not sure I know what the solution is. I just know what the problem is…It’s a terrifying experience to know that you have no coverage, and you limit your trips to the doctor, and there’s just so many things you can cut back on.”

– Frmr. Montana Gov. Tim Babcock benefits “from free prescriptions he’s entitled to as a World War II veteran”:

– On health care reform: “It’s an emotional thing that the Democrats like to build up, that everybody doesn’t have health care. I think I was about 40 years old before I realized there was such a thing as health insurance, and I got along all right.”

– John Ortega of Bettendorf, Iowa is a 67-year-old Army veteran who “receives Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans Administration insurance”:

– On health care reform: “I think small or regular business can handle that better than the government can.”

This phenomena is not uncommon. As the Wonk Room pointed out, while the 2008 Republican platform states that “Republicans support the private practice of medicine and oppose socialized medicine in the form of a government- run universal health care system,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) himself is a beneficiary of government administered care.

As a 72 year-old war veteran senator, McCain benefits from The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, in which “the Government pays 72 percent of the average premium toward the total cost of the your premium,” and is potentially eligible for the government administered Medicare program and the Veterans Health Care administration, “the largest integrated health system in the United States.”

Hypocritical in their argument, some Republicans do have a single message: do as we say, not as we do.

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Obama goes toe to toe with O’Reilly during interview

With all of the interest surrounding John McCain and Sarah Palin at this weeks Republican National Convention, how many of you saw Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Barack Obama the last night?

In Part 1 of the interview broadcast last night, O’Reilly was as interested in hearing his own exhortations as Obama’s answers, the Fox talker harangued Obama over an array of foreign policy issues, all of which Obama answered decisively and with conviction.

New segments of the interview, conducted Thursday in York, Pa., will air Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on The O’Reilly Factor.

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Obama goes toe to toe with O’Reilly during interview

With all of the interest surrounding John McCain and Sarah Palin at this weeks Republican National Convention, how many of you saw Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Barack Obama the last night?

In Part 1 of the interview broadcast last night, O’Reilly was as interested in hearing his own exhortations as Obama’s answers, the Fox talker harangued Obama over an array of foreign policy issues, all of which Obama answered decisively and with conviction.

New segments of the interview, conducted Thursday in York, Pa., will air Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on The O’Reilly Factor.

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The Words They Used

The New York Times has an interesting analysis on the words that speakers used at the two political conventions to show the themes that the parties had highlighted. Republican speakers talked about reform and character far more frequently than the Democrats. And Republicans were more likely to talk about businesses and taxes, while Democrats were more likely to mention jobs or the economy.

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>The Words They Used

>The New York Times has an interesting analysis on the words that speakers used at the two political conventions to show the themes that the parties had highlighted. Republican speakers talked about reform and character far more frequently than the Democrats. And Republicans were more likely to talk about businesses and taxes, while Democrats were more likely to mention jobs or the economy.

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The Republican Priorities: What The GOP Focused On (And Ignored) During The Convention

Now that the Republican National Convention is over it has become quite evident to me that the McCain campaign had done everything in it’s power to try and distant it’s self form the Bush administration. President Bush spoke only briefly via satellite and Dick Cheney wasn’t anywhere near Minnesota, his name wasn’t even mention by any one of the speakers that addresses the convention.

Instead of ideas on how to lead the Country into the future all we heard were ideas from the past, no new ideas about the economy, healthcare, social security or energy. All we heard about was the same old, tired and failed policies of the last 8 years.

War and terrorism, with little mention of diplomacy was the main message people have walked away from this convention with.

ThinkProgress.org has put together an analysis based on the prepared remarks (a total of 38,055 words) of the convention speakers, looking at how many times Republicans said various words. A glimpse at conservatives’ priorities:

Bush Administration
Bush: 1
Cheney: 0
Gonzales: 0
Rumsfeld: 0
National Security
War/Wars: 38
Surge: 14
Nuclear Weapons: 4
Diplomat(ic)/Diplomacy: 3
Torture (McCain’s): 3
Guantanamo: 1
Osama Bin Laden: 1
Afghanistan: 0
Torture (not McCain’s): 0

Economy
Jobs: 36
Economy: 27
Middle Class: 2
Housing: 1
Social Security: 1
Unemployment: 1

Other
POW: 14
Maverick: 11
Hockey Mom: 5
Tyrannosaurus: 1
Elvis: 1

Health Care
Health Care: 26
Medicare: 1
Medicaid: 1
Environment/Energy
Drill/Drilling: 18
Nuclear (Power): 10
Clean Coal: 7
Environment: 7
Gustav: 6
Climate Change: 1
Global Warming: 1
Green Economy: 1
Katrina: 0

Science
Technology: 13
Internet: 1
Science: 1

Civil Rights
Immigration: 5
Gay/Gays: 0

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>The Republican Priorities: What The GOP Focused On (And Ignored) During The Convention

>Now that the Republican National Convention is over it has become quite evident to me that the McCain campaign had done everything in it’s power to try and distant it’s self form the Bush administration. President Bush spoke only briefly via satellite and Dick Cheney wasn’t anywhere near Minnesota, his name wasn’t even mention by any one of the speakers that addresses the convention.

Instead of ideas on how to lead the Country into the future all we heard were ideas from the past, no new ideas about the economy, healthcare, social security or energy. All we heard about was the same old, tired and failed policies of the last 8 years.

War and terrorism, with little mention of diplomacy was the main message people have walked away from this convention with.

ThinkProgress.org has put together an analysis based on the prepared remarks (a total of 38,055 words) of the convention speakers, looking at how many times Republicans said various words. A glimpse at conservatives’ priorities:

Bush Administration
Bush: 1
Cheney: 0
Gonzales: 0
Rumsfeld: 0
National Security
War/Wars: 38
Surge: 14
Nuclear Weapons: 4
Diplomat(ic)/Diplomacy: 3
Torture (McCain’s): 3
Guantanamo: 1
Osama Bin Laden: 1
Afghanistan: 0
Torture (not McCain’s): 0

Economy
Jobs: 36
Economy: 27
Middle Class: 2
Housing: 1
Social Security: 1
Unemployment: 1

Other
POW: 14
Maverick: 11
Hockey Mom: 5
Tyrannosaurus: 1
Elvis: 1

Health Care
Health Care: 26
Medicare: 1
Medicaid: 1
Environment/Energy
Drill/Drilling: 18
Nuclear (Power): 10
Clean Coal: 7
Environment: 7
Gustav: 6
Climate Change: 1
Global Warming: 1
Green Economy: 1
Katrina: 0

Science
Technology: 13
Internet: 1
Science: 1

Civil Rights
Immigration: 5
Gay/Gays: 0

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