The Republicans tell us that government health care is an awful thing. The first quote to show up on a Google search, which is fairly typical, comes from Rep. Michele Bachmann (R, Minnesota) and warns that a government takeover of health care will "let government bureaucrats make decisions that should be made by families and their doctors."
Horrible. A disaster. Certainly a fate that no one would wish on even a bitter enemy.
Then why do the Republicans impose this horrible fate on our troops?
Could it be that the Republicans hate our troops so much?
Or could it be that Bachmann and her comrades are being disingenuous? ("Being disingenuous" is faceless-bureaucrat-speak for "lying.") Maybe government health care isn't the bad thing they make it out to be.
Our noble troops don't seem to be too upset about this government intrusion into private health care decisions. They don't seem to mind that faceless bureaucrats make decisions that should be between them and their doctors.
In fact, if you ask active-duty and retired service members and their families, you'll find out that very few of them want to give up their government-run health care. Very few of them mind this horrible system that Congress has imposed upon them.
So there it is. Either the Republicans don't believe what they say (and are cynically lying for their own purposes), or they do believe what they say and they just hate our troops.
Which one is it, Representative Bachmann?
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