By Ben Cohen
Political race-baiter (and, somehow, CNN contributor) Alex Castellanos wrote a memo for Republicans
about how to attack the president’s healthcare reform agenda. In it, he
suggested that Republicans use the line: “The Obama Experiment with our
health could change everything we like about our health care — and our
economy.” Within hours, Michael Steele who, by the way, can’t recall who his health insurance provider is, used the word “experiment” 30 times in a single speech.
30 times. Naturally, “experiment” is designed to scare you into
believing the president will replace your doctor with, I don’t know,
Dr. Giggles who will steal your DNA in a nefarious attempt to clone a race of pig men.
The sad thing is, the party can’t get its lines straight, and have been inadvertently praising the public plan. Take Michele Bachmann’s extraordinary outburst:
“Approximately 114 million Americans are expected to leave private
health insurance. Why? Their employers will drop the insurance because
the taxpayer-subsidized plan will be 30 to 40 percent cheaper.”
Whoops. But then again, Republicans have never really loved the free market – it’s far too dangerous for all of their donors.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.