Monday, April 05, 2004

Yet another Bush flip-flop 

Via Kos. All we need to oust Bush from the White House is jiu-jitsu. Using his own words against him is better than any ad a Madison Avenue whiz kid could come up with. F'rinstance:

On Oct. 17, 2000, in a presidential debate against Democratic candidate Al Gore, then-[no! STILL-!] Gov. George W. Bush of Texas promised a patients' bill of rights like the one in his state, including a right to sue managed-care companies for wrongfully refusing to cover needed treatment.

"If I'm the president . . . people will be able to take their HMO insurance company to court," Bush said. "That's what I've done in Texas and that's the kind of leadership style I'll bring to Washington."

Today, legislation for a federal patients' bill of rights is moribund in Congress. And the Bush administration's Justice Department is asking the Supreme Court to block lawsuits under the very Texas law Bush touted in 2000.

A little history-- Bush took credit for that Texas law in his 2000 debate with Gore. This, despite the fact that Bush vetoed it the first time it came across his desk. A couple of years later, faced with a veto-proof majority, he let the bill become a law without his signature.

And now, after explicitly promising the same patient rights at the federal level, his Justice Department is trying to get the Supreme Court to kill the Texas law.

A unique sort of liar, Bush is. Filth. Utter filth. This man will undoubtedly suffer the Ninth Level of Hell.


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