Monday, August 17, 2009I'm betting that the LIE will be repeated endlessly by the folks on Fox, while the truth will be conveniently forgotten.
Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) just makes things up about health care
by Joe Sudbay (DC) on 8/17/2009 12:51:00 PM
It's so easy to be a Republican in the health care debate. All you have to do is lie. But, sometimes you'll get caught in the lies, like GOP Congressman/GOP Senate candidate Roy Blunt did:As chairman of the House Republican Health Care Solutions Group, Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Springfield, knows a thing or two about health care. But some of what he knows just isn’t true.Republicans are just pulling fake numbers and other falsehoods out of thin air. That's what they do. They lie. But, unfortunately, not everyone one fact checks. So, it seems to be working.
“I’m 59,” Mr. Blunt said last week during a meeting with Post-Dispatch reporters and editors. “In either Canada or Great Britain, if I broke my hip, I couldn’t get it replaced.”
We fact-checked that. At least 63 percent of hip replacements performed in Canada last year and two-thirds of those done in England were on patients age 65 or older. More than 1,200 in Canada were done on people older than 85.
“I didn’t just pull that number out of thin air,” Mr. Blunt said in a subsequent interview. It came, he said, from testimony before the House Subcommittee on Health by “some people who are supposed to be experts on Canadian health care.”
Stop the madness!