Spin cycle: Health care reform | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Spin cycle: Health care reform

Posted By on Thu, Dec 24, 2009 at 10:20 AM

I don't intend to maintain a comprehensive compendium of the spin issuing from various positions on health care.

But here's Sen. Blanche Lincoln's roundup of people validating her work.

The AARP of Arkansas has issued a statement praising Senators Lincoln and Pryor for advancing "meaningful" health legislation.

Americans for Koch Billionaires, er, Prosperity says, in part:

This Christmas Eve, while most Arkansas families are getting ready for the holidays with their children, Senator Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor voted this morning to saddle the next generation of Arkansans with massive debt to pay for their out of control government spending.” 

The leader of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, said:

In the face of inexcusable partisanship, obstruction and gamesmanship, it is remarkable that Majority Leader Reid was able to move a health care bill through the United States Senate.  Not since the passage of Medicare 44 years ago have we seen Republican scare tactics so blatantly contrary to the interests of the American people.

Republican senatorial candidates Gilbert Baker and Curtis Coleman both go for the "lump of coal" metaphor, saying that's what bad ol' Blanche put in the state's Christmas stocking. Said Baker:

Arkansans can take her 'yes' vote as a sign that she supports higher taxes, taxpayer-funded abortions, massive cuts to Medicare, and higher health care costs for Arkansans.

Or, you might say she supports a better, more humane America striving to create a system aimed at insuring people don't die for lack of adequate health coverage.

Sign up for the Daily Update email

Comments (13)

Showing 1-13 of 13

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-13 of 13

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Now, the main event

    I write Tuesday morning, before polls close on primary and judicial election contests.
    • May 24, 2018
  • Police identify remains as those of Ebby Steppach

    KARK/Fox 16 reports that Little Rock police have identified skeletal remains found Tuesday in a west Little Rock park as those of Ebby Steppach, the 17-year-old who's been missing since her car was found in that park abandoned in 2015.
    • May 23, 2018
  • UAMS presents balanced budget

    UAMS, pressed by financial problems for several years, told the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees today that it had a $1.5 billion operating budget that doesn't call for deficit spending.
    • May 23, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Donald Trump declares war on Hillary Clinton's marriage

    Donald Trump gave a remarkable interview to the New York Times yesterday in which he declared open season on the marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton's past infidelity. Seems like a loser, but I've been wrong before.
    • Oct 1, 2016
  • Latest Obamacare repeal bill would hit Arkansas treasury hard

    The latest effort to undo Obamacare, the Graham-Cassidy legislation, would shift federal support for health coverage to a block grant system to the states. Bad news for Arkansas.
    • Sep 18, 2017
  • The inspiring Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton's campaign for president illustrates again the double standard applied to women. Some writers get it. They even find the supposedly unlikable Clinton inspiring.
    • Oct 16, 2016

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation