Blaine Luetkemeyer is showing no signs of letting up on his scary arguments to defeat the climate change and health care reform proposals before Congress.
Luetkemeyer's interview yesterday on KWOS was a "greatest hits" of sorts, in which he recounted some of his favorite scary arguments. For instance, Obama and Democratic leaders are using money from proposed cap-and-trade legislation to pay for health care reform legislation (wrong), the Waxman-Markey bill will cost $1,800-$4,000 per year (wrong), Republicans have been prohibited from offering their ideas on health care (wrong), a public option is a "government takeover" of health care (wrong), the House Democrats' health care bill will cost $800 billion a year (wrong), and Democrats are trying to create a Canadian or European-style health care system (wrong).
Luetkemeyer also ratcheted up the fear about how he thinks the proposed reforms will adversely affect seniors. Calling the House proposal "very, very dangerous," Luetkemeyer claimed, "If you're of the age where it's going to cost too much, they will give you a pill, the President says, and send you off into a corner."
The President doesn't say that, of course, but Luetkemeyer has no intention of engaging in an honest debate. And Blaine doesn't specify, but I'm assuming "a corner" is a dark place Obama sends old sick people to die after giving them a "pill."
Luetkemeyer also claims that "most" doctors over 50 years of age will close up shop if the reform proposals before Congress become law.
It's incredibly, really.
Here's a partial transcript:
As I talked to doctors, any of them over 50 years of age, they're -- most of those guys are not going to be around. They flat say, "If this program goes in, we're out, because this is not the way you deliver health care. We came into this business to help people."
This is not -- this is going to be, uh, cookie cutter. You'll come in, you know, stick your tongue out, here's a pill and, and go out the door. And this not the kind of care our people are used to.
This is rationed care. This is very, very dangerous. They have it in Europe and Canada. And they will give you care based on the cost of that care and your age and the amount of time it's going to take to be effective for you.
And if you're of the age where it's going to cost too much, they will give you a pill, the President says, and send you off into a corner.
I think that's wrong. That's not what we want to do. And I think the American people deserve better.
Please. Make it stop.