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- Political Animal – A Fine Day to Discuss the Value of the ACA (The emphasis is mine)
This morning brings some sad news, that Rick Santorum’s daughter, Bella, has been hospitalized in Philadelphia. The child has Trisomy 18, a particularly heartbreaking genetic condition.
I do not share the opinion that it is distasteful to discuss the political issues surrounding a tragedy, that there should be some kind of grace period. If you want to argue for or against gun control in the wake of a school shooting, have at it. Why should the very day an issue gets maximum media saturation be the one day we can’t discuss its political contours?
Point being, I think it’s okay to point out that under the Affordable Care Act, insurers can’t deny coverage to children with a preexisting condition or disability.
[T]he law actually prevents insurance carriers from denying coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions (and disabilities), prohibits health plans from putting a lifetime dollar limit on benefits and offers new options for long-term care. This why groups like the American Association of People with Disabilities, National Organization For Rare Disorders, and The Arc of the United States not only support the law, but have gone filed an amicus brief in its defense.
And it’s equally okay to remind voters that Santorum, in an act of startling cynicism, continues to equate the ACA with socialism, even suggesting that it would lead to the death of his daughter. His claim that he’s “fighting for Bella and other children like her” — and, by extension, proponents of the ACA are not — is spurious.
By all accounts, Santorum’s daughter has beaten the odds. She’s gotten marvelous healthcare. I have yet to encounter a decent justification from either Santorum or his fellow candidates for denying the nation’s children the same opportunity.
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- Blogs fume over Allen West’s new district – Tim Mak – POLITICO.com
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- Megyn Kelly Cross-Examines RNC Chief Over Comparing Obama To Italian Cruise Captain | Mediaite
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Politics — Newt Gingrich
- Katharine Hayhoe: “..Much of This is Intended to Intimidate.” – YouTube
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- President Gingrich’s First 24-Hours
- Gingrich Wants Kids To Work As Janitors, But Refused To Work Himself | ThinkProgress
- Badass Quote of the Day | Dispatches from the Culture Wars
As we are constantly being told that Newt Gingrich is a fountain of brilliant ideas, the true intellectual of the conservative movement, Ezra Klein reminds us of a hilarious line from Bob Dole about that myth.
When Gingrich was speaker of the House, Bob Dole was the Senate majority leader. And so Dole spent a lot of time listening to the speaker’s proposals. “Gingrich’s staff has these five file cabinets, four big ones and this little tiny one,” he told The New York Times. “Number one is ‘Newt’s ideas.’ Number two, ‘Newt’s ideas.’ Number three, number four, ‘Newt’s ideas.’ The little one is ‘Newt’s Good Ideas.’”
Someone has started a fake Twitter account to parody Newt’s penchant for crazy ideas. My favorite so far: “Change location on my eHarmony profile to Florida.”
- Why Newt Gingrich’s political past is fair game for Mitt Romney – Telegraph Blogs
- Gingrich Can’t Lose!
- Newt: Saul Alinsky Radical | Dispatches from the Culture Wars
- Newt’s Lunar Dreams | Dispatches from the Culture Wars