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03-10-2009, 11:54 PM
Republican health professionals' opposition to current health reform proposals in Congress is incomprehensible, some Democratic lawmakers said Thursday.

Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.), who worked as a nurse before coming to Congress, said she had difficulty understanding how GOP lawmakers with a healthcare background could oppose reform.

"I really don't understand how people who are employed or working or were members of Congress who were once working in healthcare delivery don't see how the system is broken," Capps said during a conference call organized by the Democratic National Committee (DNC). "The cost of not doing anything is really not something we can sustain."

Another former nurse-turned-congresswoman also chimed in.

"What I say is why are they here?" Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) said of Republican health workers' opposition to the health reforms on the table. "There must be some reason that they're here."

A number of former physicians and health professionals are serving in prominent Republican positions in the House and Senate, and have used their backgrounds to help make GOP arguments during the national reform debate in recent months. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, is a former physician, for instance. And two GOP physicians in the Senate, Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) have produced a weekly "Senate Doctors Show" during the health debate.

Johnson pinned those Republican physicians' opposition to the plans in Congress on a supply-sided economic philosophy, and accused them of being too beholden to insurance interests.

She also suggested that the media should investigate the history of those Republican health professionals' medical malpractice backgrounds.

10-10-2009, 02:22 PM
I hope something decent passes soon.

10-10-2009, 03:18 PM
I hope something decent passes soon.

You could try bran. Or prunes.