Monday, September 21, 2009

Myrick forgets she's in a government-run health system

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 1:08 PM

In case you missed it Saturday, Rep. Sue Myrick gave a classic performance in a GOP weekly message, denouncing health care reform measures being considered in Congress. Sue looked spiffy in a pink suit sporting some sort of tarantula, and spoke in her usual, Bobby Jindal-esque style, as if she thought she was addressing an audience of the mentally challenged. Myrick spoke of finding out nine years ago that she had breast cancer. “I knew something was wrong with my body – but it took six doctors, three mammograms and one ultrasound before they finally they found my cancer,” she said. “This process took only a few weeks.”

Then the nonsense began. “Under the government-run health care system they have in Canada and the United Kingdom, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to get those tests so quickly,” Myrick claimed. “One international study found that three times as many citizens in those countries wait longer than a month to see a specialist.” Which, of course, is completely irrelevant to the current U.S. health care debate since no one is proposing that we adopt a British or Canadian style system! How many times does this have to be explained? Hey, maybe Sue knows her audience after all.

The other hilarious thing about Myrick’s comparison of her experience to what she would have endured under a government-run health care system? She is covered, as a member of Congress, by a government-run system — which, according to her, worked really well.

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