Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Sheppard Smith Challenges Senator on Public Option

I'm sure this is appearing on many blogs at this point, but I also have to include it because it came from the "fair and balanced" network. One of the few people at Fox that I can watch.

Posted originally on politicususa.com but picked up at huffingtonpost.
Fox News's Shepard Smith Goes After Sen. John Barrasso On Public Option:

His quote:
"SMITH: Over the last ten years health care costs in America have skyrocketed. Regular folks cannot afford it. So, they tax the system by not getting preventative medicine. They go to the emergency room in the last case and we all wind up paying for it. As the costs have gone up, the insurance industry's profits, on average, have gone up more than 350%. And it is the insurance companies which have paid, and who have contributed to Senators and Congressmen on both sides of the aisle to the point where now we cannot get what all concerned on Capitol Hill seem to believe and more 60% of Americans say they would support, which is a public option. This has been an enormous win for the health-care industry, that is an unquestioned fact. But I wonder, what happens to the American people when we come out with legislation now which requires everyone to have health care insurance -- or many more people -- but does not give a public option? Therefore millions more people will have to buy insurance from the very corporations that are overcharging us, and whose profits have gone up 350 percent in the last ten years. It seems like we the people are the ones getting the shaft here."
Smith is exactly right.

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