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“A Bill Without Tort Reform Isn’t Healthcare Reform, And I Won’t Support Such a Fraud On The Taxpayer.”

Thursday, August 20, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Senate and House Republicans need to make this point again and again. Americans understand that a huge driver of health care costs is the failure to cap pain and suffering damages. And voters resent the huge payouts to plaintiffs’ lawyers and from plaintiffs’ lawyers to Democrats.

Democrats are reeling because of all the bad stuff they have thrown into the various bills. Republicans should highlight the worst of the system’s ills Democrats have refused to fix because of fealty to special interests.

“There is no evidence that Axelrod directly profited from the group’s ads.”

Wednesday, August 19, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

This AP story completely –purposely?– misses the point. What matters is what the law prohibits, not whether David Axelrod “directly profited” from the ad buys.

The only question that matters is whether the law prohibits David Axelrod from negotiating health care deals with anyone sending or causing to be sent sums of money to his former firm while his former firm owes him millions of dollars.

The Alinskyite Congress

Wednesday, August 19, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Senior Democratic Congressmen Henry Waxman and Bart Stupak have sent an outrageous letter to Bruce Bodaken, Chairman and CEO of Blue Shield of California, which I will read at the start of today’s show, and link when it is available online. It demands a mountain of information on executive compensation as well as premium rates etc, all by September 4. This letter is a straightforward bit of bullying –an attempt by Waxman and Stupak to silence any segment of the private sector that might be inclined to fight back against the takeover of American medicine by the federal government. It is intended to make the health insurance industry fear opposing any part of the Obama-Pelosi scheme to remake American health care.

This is McCarthyism of the left, pure and simple, and another huge piece of evidence as to why the American people are right to be extremely concerned about the hard left lurch by the Obama-Pelosi Democrats and their tactics of intimidation.

UPDATE: Here’s the WaPo story on the letters. Here’s one example of the letters that went out.

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