Saturday, September 26, 2009

The King of the Turds

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you Sen. Jon Kyl, R-AZ.

He objects to having to pay for maternal care since he is a man and does not require it. Unfortunately, Sen. Stabenow, D-MI, did not have the presence of mind to reply: "Well, Senator, I do not have testicles so I object to having to pay for the ballectomy that I am going to perform on you as soon as we are done with this hearing, you heartless piece of shit." With incredible restraint, she was able to contain her reply to "I think your mom probably did."

You can also read Donna Smith's rightfully indignant thoughts on the subject, if you wish.

Incidentally, with his truly turdy comment, Sen. Kyl unwittingly exposed one of the biggest causes of the high cost of health care in this country: If your goal is, as is the goal of an insurance company, to specify each and every service and procedure that is covered under each particular policy with such detailed complexity that it becomes possible to hide all the exclusions that can be used to pad the company's profits, then you are going to have to hire legions of lawyers, plan administrators, adjustors and so forth, to keep the system working as confusingly as it is designed to. If, on the other hand, the system were built in such a way that everyone simply paid in proportion to his or her ability to pay, with no coverage exclusions for basic health care, then no one would have to define a plan's benefits with the degree of specificity that madmen like Kyl want to impose on us.

There is always the possibility, of course, that Sen. Kyl is perfectly aware of the cruelty and the despicable quality of his comment, and that his real intent is to "filibuster" the amendment process by introducing amendments--or the discussion thereof--solely designed to impede progress. In that case, he is even more turdy than I gave him credit for.

For comments like Sen. Kyl's, I really wish death panels were true.

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