Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A cure for wingnuttery

Departure from public office? Seems to've worked for Bill Frist:
Frist, a thoracic surgeon, told Time magazine back in October that if he were still in Congress, he would vote for the bill. And his support apparently hasn’t wavered. On Monday afternoon he said he would give an “A” grade to the provisions in the law aimed at expanding insurance to an additional 32 million people. Cost, however, is another matter. While most Republicans would likely slap a failing grade on the cost aspect of the law, Frist said he’d rank it a “C.”

“I like the bill,” Frist said during a panel discussion with former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle at the American Hospital Association’s (AHA’s) annual meeting. “I think it’s got lots of positive stuff in it, other than the costs."
Of course, lowering costs was not actually the goal of the bill. But leave that aside.

Frist also thinks little of the argument that the law is unconstitutional. Look for his excommunication to be broadcast live on Fox.

Seriously, though, Frist is merely giving qualified endorsement to National Romneycare. There is something unhealthy about a political party where *that* is something only a retired politician dares utter.

1 comment:

  1. I hadn't seen this from Frist. I am, from the perspective who has heard nothing from him since he left office, stunned. But you touch on an interesting observation--the....what's the word....reasonableness...of retired Republicans on many of these difficult issues.

    First time visiting, enjoying the blog.