RNC Chairman Steele: Dem Health Bill to ‘Flip The Bird To The American People’

December 21, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Michael Steele, the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, is known for his over-the-top statements, his frequent foibles and his desire to be a middle-aged, groovy hip-hop politician. The recent launch of the RNC’s new website received bipartisan mockery, when Steele named his blog on the site, “What up!” There is no one more foolish in politics, in recent memory, than Michael Steele. So, his statement on Monday, made during a press call to reporters, was not surprising. Steele, a vocal critic of health care reform, told reporters that the historic health reform legislation was an attempt by Democratic Senators to “flip the bird” to all Americans.

The health care reform bill, will offer Americans safety and security, with affordable access to quality health care. No longer can insurers deny coverage because you have a pre-existing condition or drop you when you get sick. An no longer will Americans be forced into medical bankruptcies, when suffering from a chronic illness or injury.

But Michael Steele, bizarrely equates historic reform of our broken health care system with a crude hand gesture:

STEELE: “I mean, it just annoys and irritates me on something so fundamentally important. That this Congress, this leadership, is so tone deaf and so hell bent on propping up a policy that the American people doesn’t want, that they’re willing to basically flip the bird to the American people on this issue and slip it in the dead of night.”

As pointed out by Think Progress, Republican filibusters and obstructionism forced Democrats to schedule the cloture vote in the middle of the night:

“Last night, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) offered a unanimous consent agreement to move the 1 a.m. vote to 9 a.m. this morning if Republicans agreed to forgo the optional 30 hours of debate between each cloture vote and still pass the final legislation before Christmas. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), who had also sternly criticized the early morning vote, objected to the measure.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) responded to Steel’s comment during a press conference on Monday:

“I’m disappointed that someone with the title that Mr. Steele has would be so crass and set such a terrible example for the youth of this country,” said Reid.

In October, Steele made yet another nonsensical statement while appearing on Fox News, comparing himself to a cow on the tracks blocking health care reform, and he even uttered the words, “Moo, moo.”

“Well, I’m the cow on the tracks. You’re gonna have to stop that train to get this cow off the track to move forward.” After all of his mooing over stopping health reform, it was pointed out to Steele that trains don’t stop for cows.

Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) responded to Steel’s mooing in October:

“This train is leaving the station. There’s a great sense of inevitability. We’re going to pass health care reform. So it’s much better to be part of the solution than opposed to the solution,” said Sen. Baucus.

After the cloture vote early Monday, the health care reform train is about to reach its destination and there will be no stopping for obstructionist Republican cows on the tracks.


2 Responses to “RNC Chairman Steele: Dem Health Bill to ‘Flip The Bird To The American People’”

  1. Old Man Dotes on December 21st, 2009 7:31 pm

    Apparently it’s only “flipping the bird” to the 40.1% of Americans deluded by the outrageous outright lies being advertised by the health insurance companies and their puppets, the GOP.

    According to Reuters, “Just under 60 percent of those surveyed said they would like a public option as part of any final healthcare reform legislation, which Republicans and a few Democrats oppose.”

    Citation: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5B20OL20091203

    So once again, we see the RNC telling outrageous lies in the (unfortunately not vain) hope that the stupid and ignorant will be fooled.

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