If you want to know understand how out of the mainstream the grand old party has really become, look no further than this meeting of FireDogLake's Jane Hamsher & Townhall nutter Jillian Bandes.
Bandes constantly interrupts Jane, shrieking at her about not being 'a cancer survivor' when Jane mentions that she is and at one point towards the end, after Jane declares that health care is a basic human right, Bandes asks “should food be a basic human right?”
The entire segment is a lesson on how to take out a right-wing nutter, which Jane does beautifully. But, David Shuster deserves props for not only knowing his stuff & setting up this health care reform segment properly, but for not allowing the spin & propaganda spewed from Bandes to walk away from the discussion intact -- allowing Jane enough time to dismantle her lies & misinformation.
From Think Progress:
DKos' LarisaW has much more:
On MSNBC this afternoon, Firedoglake’s Jane Hamsher engaged in a spirited exchange with Townhall’s Jillian Bandes about health care reform. After Hamsher mentioned that she was speaking out in favor of the public option as “a sixteen-year cancer survivor,” Bandes replied, “I’m sorry I’m not a cancer survivor, but that doesn’t mean I can’t criticize a public plan.” When Hamsher argued that access to health care should be a human right, Bandes interrupted her and threw up her arm, asking “should food be a basic human right?” Watch it:
Bandes might not like it, but for most of the world, food is considered a human right. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the U.N. in 1948, states that “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food.” The U.S. voted for the declaration.
Firedoglake's Jane Hamsher just served up a world-class smackdown on David Shuster's MSNBC show and it was beautiful to behold. She was on with Jillian Bandes of townhall.com (you can find your own link to that swill) to discuss all the ads being run for and against the proposed public option.
All in all, it was pretty amazing teevee. Jane was absolutely terrific and, as always, a very impressive and effective advocate.
This Jillian chick was a piece of work, but pretty typical of the blathering fools they have out there in droves trying to scare people and drive the debate with the same old bilge they've been spewing for years. Oh, and the lies. The verbal gymnastics around the 50 million uninsured figure was truly stunning.
Jane's has more over at Firedoglake in her peice, Health Care: It’s Time To Get Mad:
It's offensive that the insurance industry exploits people who have had serious illnesses to argue against providing health care for people with serious illnesses. It's offensive that they're trying to make the argument that the only reason American want a public plan is because PHrma is putting up advertisements supporting a public plan. It's offensive that wingnuts can get away with asserting that they are just concerned about patient's rights, or that the American people accept their astroturf bs in overwhelming numbers.