originally posted 2009-02-13 12:15:15 -0500
This clip from Countdown with Keith Olbermannis must listening. He exposes how the Republicans have kicked off their campaign against Universal Health Care by attacking the Stimulus Bill, and follows the story from the Drudge Report and Rush Limbaugh to CNN and Lou Dobbs.
Paul Krugman picked up on the fact that funding for "medical research" which had been removed from the Stimulus Bill by the Senate Compromise has been put back into the final package. He links to one of his earlier blog entries where he discusses the issue involved. The point is to put data to substantiate abuses by drug companies and insurers. Here's Krugman's explanation of the issue and what's freaking the conservatives. He links to an earlier Wall Street Journal article that explains why the drug and medical-devide industries have been mobilizing to gut a proviso in the stimulus bill on research comparing medical treatments. They right wing is raising the hoary spectre that this would be opening the door to government rationing.
Here's the link that Krugman provides to their excellent summary of the issues.