WOULD BE NICE IF THEY HAD SENATE VOTES  11:25 am October 6, 2009

Various Somewhat-Republican People With No Congressional Power Endorse NobamaKare!

by Jim Newell

Looking at you, FristDare we call this a ROLL-OUT? MMHMM. After only eight months, and with health care reform shockingly enough moving forward and almost (almost!) out of committee, a few random Republicans and ex-Republicans and pretend Republican movie stars have decided, “We like this thing, the Obama health care reform, and we don’t care who knows!” (Well, Bill Frist does kind of care who knows, which is why he’s walking his support back. Whoopsy Doctor Bill!)

Karen Tumulty of TIME reports on the Hot New National Trend, which is for various rogues and losers who have been Republican at some point in their lives to “go Galt” about health care reform:

Okay, maybe it’s not enough to call a groundswell. But after former Majority Leader Bill Frist told me last Friday that he would end up voting for the bill were he still in Congress (with some caveats about the shortcomings of the legislative language as it now stands), we’ve heard from some other GOP voices in support of the basic contours of Barack Obama’s health care reform effort: Bush Administration HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (who ran as a Republican, but who is now an independent) and Mark McClellan, who ran both the Food and Drug Administration and the Medicare and Medicaid programs under George W. Bush.

One time Tommy Thompson tried to run for president, but no one gave him any money! Now it is payback time, with his massive endorsement.

But there’s one more, hot off the Internets: Arnold Schwarzenegger — the Nazi! Will a Nazi’s endorsement help pass this thing? It could happen!

Schwarzenegger Endorses Obama Health Care Effort [ABC News]
More Republicans for ObamaCare [TIME]

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Lascauxcaveman October 6, 2009 at 11:30 am

Are they really calling it ObamaCare now? This standoffish cool guy who lets the the congresscritters do all the hard work (messy!) and now they’re naming it after him?

MLHencken October 6, 2009 at 11:32 am

Arnold likes it.

Cohagen wants to see you. GET TO THE CHOPPA!

Edywin October 6, 2009 at 11:33 am

Ahnold loves the little mustache that the wingy-dingers have drawn on Herr Obama, thats the attraction I’m sure, and also the presidential pecs and delts.

Monsieur Grumpe October 6, 2009 at 11:33 am

Looks like it’s time for a recall at the Republican brain factory.

AnnieGetYourFun October 6, 2009 at 11:36 am

I know Republicans don’t really understand irony, but is this perhaps their version of Millionaires for Bush? No? No? Anyone?

McDuff October 6, 2009 at 11:36 am

John Boner and Mitch McConnell have hearts stopped and visit hell for a moment to see if it’s frozen over before being revived by socialist, taxpayer-funded paramedics.

Shortly after McConnell announces fund raising drive to buy winter coats for “poor, shivering” Hitler, Stalin, Jefferson Davis, and Strom Thurmond.

Gopherit October 6, 2009 at 11:36 am

Of course Arnold is backing this. His state’s economy is being crushed…..getting rid of Medi-Cal would be a big help.

Carrie_Okie October 6, 2009 at 11:38 am

Hey, just wondering… How many of you Californicators want Grey Davis back? Because it looks like that lightly toasted, low-fat, sun dried, organic, half-caf, BAG OF DICKS order is ready for your consumption. Honestly If Saving-Private-Shaivo-Frist and the Turdymaker are for this bill, it has got to be useless at providing the requisite healthcare to the uninsured.

qwerty42 October 6, 2009 at 11:40 am

…Bill Frist told me last Friday that he would end up voting for the bill were he still in Congress …
The subjunctive is not dead. Thankyou Karen.

germansteel October 6, 2009 at 11:41 am

Bill Frist “diagnosed” the health care legislation by watching a video of the Finance committee hearings on the teevee. He pronounced it not brain-dead.

V572625694 October 6, 2009 at 11:42 am

Yeah Frist, if he’s for it, it’s got to be bad. He was the one who diagnosed Terry Schiavo “as at least sentient enough to be a Glenn Beck viewer” by watching a video. Then when they finally let the poor thing die, she was empty inside, like Karl Rove.

Advocatus_Diaboli October 6, 2009 at 11:42 am

So will these guys be added to the endangered species list as the last thinking republicans?
(and yes, I’m being very generous to the FDA boob).

hobospacejunkie October 6, 2009 at 11:45 am

Arnold is desperate for anything that might spell financial relief so that his time in office isn’t viewed historically as an abject failure. However, any changes in health care/insurance won’t take effect until Arnold has left office. So failure it is, and was always going to be, for Arnold “Enron money? What Enron money?” Schwarzenegger.

bluevelvetelvis October 6, 2009 at 11:46 am

[re=427508]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: Fox & other right wing media sources have been uniformly calling it Obamacare since the whole thing started being discussed. It’s the link healthcare reform to Obama, make healthcare reform Obama’s waterloo playbook. The Obamacare branding plays out better in a negative sense and due to its repetition has become more prominently used throughout all media. Rinse, wash & repeat

SayItWithWookies October 6, 2009 at 11:48 am

Pfff — Tumulty cites Bobby Jindal’s op-ed in the Post yesterday. Unfortunately that doesn’t count. He called for some things that are in the existing bills, minus the public option, plus tort reform and tax credits and maybe Health Savings Accounts. That’s pretty much the same empty rhetoric the conservatives have been calling for all along, just so it seems like they’re engaged.

Norbert October 6, 2009 at 11:55 am

I saw Frist interviewed with Howard Dean a few months ago about health care, and I have to admit he was less of a pathological asshole than I was expecting based on what I know about him and on his Southern Christian dyed/plasticized hair style.

However, it is also worth noting that he personally owns like 20 or 50 or whatever hospitals, valued at $100hunkazillion dollars each, which may have some relevance. He may even stand to benefit in some way.

I wish I could “own” “hospitals” but I am stuck in communist-fascist Canadia, where hospital owners are cast adrift on an ice floe.

Tommmcatt October 6, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Wait, explain to me who Tommy Thompson is again…

Larry McAwful October 6, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Sure Arnold Schwarzeneggar is a Nazi. He’s an Austrian who moved to another country to run for office, just like Hitler did. Meanwhile Obama, who is a registered, African-born Socialist, wants the entire world to be run by a race of pure-bred blond white people with blue eyes, also just like Hitler did. Also World War II is just like “Rat Patrol” or “Hogan’s Heroes,” depending on whether you’re fighting in Africa or Europe.

Edywin October 6, 2009 at 12:10 pm

[re=427542]Tommmcatt[/re]: Great blues musician, played a golden dobro, sold his soul to the Knights Templar for his musical ability and some stale Sweet Tarts. R.I.P. my good buddy.

Uncle Glenny October 6, 2009 at 12:14 pm

I wonder what “the basic contours of Barack Obama’s health care reform effort” really means. Like, provide government money so that more people can pay more money to the insurers?

ttommyunger October 6, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Sorry, Bill Frist IS a pathological asshole, you are mistaken if you think otherwise.

TGY October 6, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Today, we are all health-care Nazi ubermensch.

bitchincamaro October 6, 2009 at 12:32 pm

In unrelated news, ya’ gotta love this.

WIDTAP October 6, 2009 at 1:06 pm

So Schwarzenegger’s father was a registered Nazi and Arnold supports health care reform. The apple doesn’t fall to far from the strudel, now does it.

imissopus October 6, 2009 at 1:27 pm

As a California resident for all of Arnie’s term as governor, I can say that if he’s endorsing healthcare reform then we might want to rethink the whole thing.

problemwithcaring October 6, 2009 at 2:03 pm

[re=427520]Gopherit[/re]: Since most of the effects of this bill will take place long after he is gone, Ahnuld’s endorsement is just to win a sliver of liberal cred in a state where is approval rating is hovering somewhere between the most despised sitting California legislature and the H1N1 virus.

I am sure he will be careful not to endorse any particular version of reform, because most health care proposals on the table now require a greater Medicare matching funds, which would mean significantly more money for California.

LittlePig October 6, 2009 at 2:43 pm

[re=427512]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: A Total Recall.

BeWoot October 6, 2009 at 3:29 pm

[re=427508]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: Yeah. I thought they were going to name if MucousCare, after the senator from Wellpointe, MT.

vladster October 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Republicans like it! – the only reason I need to see the Baucus Bull tank.

LowerdPeninsula October 6, 2009 at 11:25 pm

A few things…

The Republicans should have liked this from the beginning. This was about feeding the insurance companies parasites new hosts from the very beginning. That they like it now is only an irony; it doesn’t make the crappy bill any better, and they Republicans didn’t grow a brain.

asier October 7, 2009 at 1:38 am

Don’t call Arnie a nazi, he never even played a nazi. In pre war Austria 90% of the population supported Hitler. In other matters, I truly believe Obama could kick Swarzenegger’s ass in a cage fight. But I guess we will never find out.

Cristal October 7, 2009 at 8:24 am

Great post. I kinda stumbled upon your blog and now I’ve added it to my bookmarks. Interesting stuff.



greensprout October 7, 2009 at 3:31 pm

[re=428434]Cristal[/re]: Champagne bot!

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