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Even though Tom Price is no longer stinking up Congress or the Department of Health and Human Services with that awful jet-fuel smell, there’s still a Price in a position to do terrible things to healthcare, at least on the state level. The disgraced HHS head’s wife, Betty Price, is a Georgia state representative as well as a medical doctor, and shared some thoughts in a Tuesday meeting of the House Study Committee on Georgians’ Barriers to Access to Adequate Health Care. Mostly, she would like to see more barriers for certain Georgians who need health care, because wouldn’t quarantining people with HIV save a lot of money, really?

Pascale Wortley, director of the HIV Epidemiology Section for Georgia’s Department of Health, was discussing HIV treatment options with the committee, and Price just wanted to run a few trial balloons up the wall and see if they’d stick to the flagpole:

“My thinking sometimes goes in strange directions, but before you proceed if you wouldn’t mind commenting on the surveillance of partners, tracking of contacts, that sort of thing. What are we legally able to do,” Price said.

“And I don’t want to say the quarantine word, but I guess I just said it. Is there an ability, since I would guess that public dollars are expended heavily in prophylaxis and treatment of this condition. So we have a public interest in curtailing the spread. What would you advise or are there any methods legally that we could do that would curtail the spread,” Price added.

Just asking, you know. And at least the first clause of her statement made perfect sense. You can see the whole embarrassing spectacle in this video starting at about the 1-hour, 2-minute mark. Dr. Wortley didn’t even answer whether people with HIV could somehow be barricaded off from the rest of society for our safety (and savings!), but instead acted like a normal human being had asked her a question about public health, explaining how the Health Department works to contact partners of recently-diagnosed people so they can be tested. She also noted that when people drop out of treatment, the department seeks to contact them and get back into treatment, since when the virus is suppressed by medication, it’s highly unlikely to be spread.

Now, Dr. Mrs. Price is an anesthesiologist by training, not a public health expert, and as a state representative, she certainly wants to save money, especially if it could be accomplished by keeping icky people who have dangerous — or at least these days, expensive — diseases out of public. Since Wortley didn’t even talk about putting anyone under house arrest or restricting their movements, Price went on to observe,

It seems to me it’s almost frightening the number of people who are living that are potentially carriers, well not carriers, with the potential to spread, whereas in the past they died more readily and then at that point they are not posing a risk. So we’ve got a huge population posing a risk if they are not in treatment.

Wortley at that point just smiled uncomfortably and went on to her next point without acknowledging Price’s astute observation that in the good old days when AIDS was a death sentence and people died quickly, you didn’t have to worry about people with the disease for too long. Of course, you still would want to quarantine them, because maybe it’s still the mid-1980s and you’re Lyndon LaRouche.

It’s currently a felony in Georgia for persons with HIV to have sex with anyone without first disclosing they’re infected. The committee Price is on was formed as part of a legislative effort to consider revising that and other state laws related to public health in light of more modern science. No one living with HIV actually testified at Tuesday’s hearing.

We’ll just predict the committee will update the law to allow people with HIV to engage in intercourse only while in a licensed biohazard containment facility, which must then be launched by rocket into the Sun.

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  • SomeBigRedDog

    “Maybe we could just put all the gays in the quarantine. You know, just in case.”

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    “And of course we would need some sort of emblem for them to wear so that we would know if they are violating the quarantine.”

  • Lance Thrustwell

    I’m surprised she didn’t go straight to the mandatory-tattoo idea. Can’t beat the classics.

    • weejee

      Like tattooing “Arsehole” on the foreheads of tRumpetteers?

    • Creepoman

      It seemed like she was hoping for some kind of solution that might be more final.

  • armed_bears

    Hey, real quick, ’cause I gotta catch a plane with Tom, but can I ask some idiot shit first?

  • Suttree

    Maybe we should start quarantining stupid ass conservatives. They are a pox on humanity that appears to be spreading.

    • Crystalclear12

      I blame Obama.
      I was promised FEMA reeducation camps.

      • Seek

        Jade Helm was a false flag to get us to be less vigilant about reporting them and checking on the progress of the reeducation camps. Damn you Obama

  • Vincent Ricola

    “… or are there any methods legally that we could do that would curtail the spread,”

    That is a horrifying bunch of words in any context, but spoken by a fucking anesthesiologist in this particular context is really really really horrifying.

    • Suttree

      I wouldn’t let her put me under. If your lucky the only thing missing when you wake up, would be your wallet.

      • Nockular cavity

        She’s the one responsible for all those kidney thefts, right?

        • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

          Sure sounds like it!

    • weejee

      Gas passers gotta pass gas.

    • marxalot

      The legal method to curtail the spread is prevention information, clinics, PrEP, needle exchanges, free condoms, that’s what the legal fucking method is.

      • willi0000000

        “but that’s not the good legal method.”
        -b price

  • elviouslyqueer

    You know what else needs to be placed in a licensed biohazard containment facility, which must then be launched by rocket into the Sun?

    Her horrible, horrible hair.

    • ariel_gee_398

      Can the jacket that looks like it was made from a Totes umbrella I lost in 2002 join it?

      • elviouslyqueer

        I’ll allow it.

      • armed_bears

        “Hi. My name is Dots!”

      • Crystalclear12

        OMG, I lost the same umbrella! Do you think she stole them to make that jacket!?

    • beatbort

      I’m guessing that she also has the sort of halitosis that she uses in her work as an anesthesiologist. “Let me breathe in their faces…they’ll pass out…and we’ll save money for the corporation…”

      • Eileen Besse

        Eeewww…yes.

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      Such is what one gets when one alienates Teh Gheyz.

      • armed_bears

        Ha~!

    • maxneanderthal

      I think you’ll find that’s not hers, unless humans are now growing nylon hamster pelts naturally…

      • armed_bears

        oh snap.

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      I don’t even understand how hair like that can happen.

    • SeeTrain65

      It’s a rag mop/straw broom hybrid.

      It could use a comb. Or a rake, whatever’s handy.

  • Rebel Scum with permit

    It’s easy to see the qualities that attracted the Drs Price to each other.

    • ariel_gee_398

      Fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency grift, and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope?

      • maxneanderthal

        Some of our main weapons…

      • Msgr_MΩment

        I was not expecting that.

      • Eileen Besse

        Not THIS Pope. He would dis them.

    • calliecallie

      Do they have children? Because inbreeding.

  • Crystalclear12

    So like married like?
    How many hellspawn have they produced and can we quarantine them?

  • maxneanderthal

    “Died more readily and then at that point not posing a risk”? I think someones reading verbatim from Heydrich’s speech at the Wannsee conference, proposing the final solution (Dead Jews don’t fuck..”)

  • Ωbjectifier

    My thinking sometimes goes in strange directions…

    Shoulda just stopped right there, hateful cunt.

    • Nockular cavity

      Somehow, I envision Heath Ledger’s Joker saying that line, while waving around a gun.

    • maxneanderthal

      The playground of your imagination is really not like ours, is it?
      Human hagfish.

    • Cunt libelz! She has neither the warmth nor the depth.

      • AnnieGetYerFun

        I keep mine more well coiffed than that dead wombat on her head, also.

    • SeeTrain65
  • JMP

    If only there was some way to curtail the spread of HIV, maybe something simple like a little piece of rubber that could block the virus, and that it had been in widespread use since the AIDS crisis became widely known and had severely curtailed its’ spread over the past few decades….

    • weejee
      • wide_stance_hubby

        I bet he gestated in that.

      • Thiazin Red

        I read that before I scrolled down enough to see the picture, so I was picturing pate as in liver pate. I guess it would keep that dry too, but you would sacrifice flavor.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      What? Quarantining penises? You monster.

    • wide_stance_hubby

      Or perhaps some chemical compound that might render the infected ones virtually uninfectious. . .we can dream, I guess. . .

      • Mary Theresa

        No profits in that for big pharma.

        • wide_stance_hubby

          Yes, I hear Big Pharma has been taking in laundry to make ends meet, since HIV drugs are almost free.

  • wide_stance_hubby

    Semi OT:
    In the late 80s, I was stopped at a red light waiting for green and there is this La Roacher collecting money on the median strip who had a big “You can get AIDS from mosquitos” sign, which enraged me and my partner at the time (who was alcoholic and schizophrenic and usually enraged about something). Suddenly, my partner jumps out of the car and says “pull over in the next block”. Never knowing what to expect from him, I comply. He dashed over to the LaRouche guy, steals his big bucket of coins, runs to the next block and I pick him up. Laughing, we spent the entire bucket of coins dancing at a club.

    Good times.

    • Eileen Besse

      Good times!

    • Corky Shimazu

      Awesome. I miss the late 80s. SO much fun!

      • wide_stance_hubby

        Best & worst. Most of my ex stories are not humorous.

  • beatbort

    Internment camps are only weeks away!

  • DrBigHead

    Jesus H. Christ, they don’t even pretend to hide their true feelings anymore, do they?

    • wide_stance_hubby

      There’s no need to, brother. Everybody can see. . .

    • calliecallie

      Emboldened, they are.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Mrs. Price is an anesthesiologist by training,…

    I’ma guess now.
    Colonel Mustard.
    In the supplies stockroom.
    With a large amount of missing and thoroughly unaccounted for laughing gas.

    • wide_stance_hubby

      Stupid pills also too.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Oh, for fuck’s sake.

  • memzilla Ω

    Shorter Price: “Death Panels for Thee But Not for Me.”

  • jesterpunk

    Bless her heart.

  • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

    It seems to me it’s almost frightening the number of people who are living that are potentially carriers, well not carriers, with the potential to spread, whereas in the past they died more readily and then at that point they are not posing a risk. So we’ve got a huge population posing a risk if they are not in treatment.

    I didn’t read the whole article. She’s looking to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill right?

  • whitroth

    So, more locking up and surveillance? But I thought Rethuglicans were all for smaller government, and keeping gummint out of our bidness.

    Oh, that’s right, unless it’s about SEX! or RELIGION! or…..

  • Alan

    Maybe sane people should start running for office. I’m thinking of county commission. Meetings twice a month, small reimbursement for your time. It’s a start.

  • wide_stance_hubby

    Fuck this noise. Can’t we just lock all the HIV-negative people in bubbles for safekeeping?

  • Jimh

    Is there an ankle bracelet they could wear? Something understated yet GPS enabled?

    • Alan

      Just tattoo their foreheads.

  • Alan

    Don’t doctors take an epidemiology class?

  • Cogswell – In a Mirror, Darkly

    This fuckin’ bitch is a straight up nazi.

  • wide_stance_hubby

    She’s not even smarter than she looks, is she?

  • Crystalclear12

    Honey, you’re saying the quiet parts out loud again.

  • shastakoala

    A large red HIV sewn to the front of their clothing. That’s the ticket.

  • Nockular cavity

    You know who else used gas, and wanted to quarantine people they didn’t like?

    • Zonath

      The USA, circa the mid-1800s and then around 1942-46?

    • Bobathonic

      Le Petomane?

      • Eileen Besse

        OMG–hahahahahahah!!!!

    • redarmyzombie

      Kaiser Wilhelm?

    • Daniel

      Winston Churchill?

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      The first one could be Pepe LePew. Not sure what his stance was on quarantines, though.

    • SeeTrain65

      Koch Industries?

  • Anna Rompage

    I’m sorry, but WHAT THE HOLY FUCKING HELL IS WRONG WITH ALL THESE FUCKING PEOPLE?

  • Zonath

    Now I’m just spitballing here, but isn’t there something more we could do to stop the spread of these sorts of toxic ideologies? I don’t want to say the “placed at the bottom of the ocean encased in concrete to form an artificial reef (with votes)” word, but I guess I just said it. It just seems like there is a frightening number of people out there who could be turned into Republicans, so we have a huge population at risk…

  • unagidon

    I think the quarantine idea has possibilities. Let’s give HIV sufferers Texas.

    • elviouslyqueer

      I hear Neptune is lovely this time of year.

      • Msgr_MΩment

        How’s Uranus?

        • elviouslyqueer

          High and tight, obvs.

          Wait.

        • OrdinaryJoe

          I saw it last night.

          • elviouslyqueer

            That was you?

          • OrdinaryJoe

            Yep. Standing on my back deck staring through my binocs.

        • Jimh

          Large and gaseous.

    • wavicles

      Why not Georgia?

      • Corky Shimazu

        again, Maui, please.

    • Magyar Has Had It Up To Here

      Haven’t they suffered enough?

  • Scooby

    What the hell was going on in medical schools in the 70s?

    • Sheepshagger

      Quaaludes.

      • JoeChristmas

        Now, srsly, these young fucks are all jacked up on Adderall.

  • elviouslyqueer

    How’s about we round up all these homophobic ignorant fuckers and put them on an island far far away from contact with other humans.

    What’s good for the goose blah blah also too.

    • Crystalclear12

      On the same planet as us?!
      I don’t know. . .

    • jesterpunk

      Somalia? They have no functional federal government and no gun restrictions.

    • Cogswell – In a Mirror, Darkly

      Howzabouts a nice frozen chunk of rock in the arctic circle.

      • elviouslyqueer

        On one of Jupiter’s moons, preferably.

        • Cogswell – In a Mirror, Darkly

          Or just launch ’em into space sans rocket or spacesuit.

        • But not Io. That one’s for the Monolith aliens. We were warned.

      • WotsAllThisThen

        No way. I saw The Thing. I know how this turns out.

        • Fancy Meau-Faux

          But that’s sci-fi. Watch the Shackelton documentary and just image these fuckers freezing and living off seal meat forever.

    • Daniel

      I assume you mean “an island of votes”.

  • jesterpunk

    Can we instead quarantine republicans? They are a much bigger public health crisis then anything else.

    • kaydenpat

      Amen to that. Starting with the one in the White House.

      • jesterpunk

        Throw them all in Mar-a-Lago then build a dome around it. Mexico will help pay for that wall.

        • kaydenpat

          Hell, I’d pay for that wall.

          • jesterpunk

            Setup a kickstarter, it will be paid off in less then 15 minutes.

        • SeeTrain65

          Fuck Mar-A-Lago. Put them in some of those CIA black sites they love so much.

      • SeeTrain65

        I see what you’re saying, but there is more than one Republican in the White House.

  • The Wanderer

    “My thinking sometimes goes in strange directions, . . . “

    Of that, I have no doubt.

  • Thorn Spike

    Dr. Mrs. Price has obviously been practicing anesthesiology on herself, or huffing paint out of a paper bag. Or possibly both.

    • kaydenpat

      Another Conservative Doctor with questionable smarts.

    • SeeTrain65

      Ask her to count backwards from 100.

      Don’t give her any anesthesia. I just want to see if she smart enough to do it.

  • kaydenpat

    What would be the point of isolating HIV patients anyways? Her question doesn’t even make sense. HIV isn’t the only possibly communicable disease and there is no valid argument to isolate thousands of such people.

    • Zonath

      You want these bastards to start making sense? What a liberal!

      • kaydenpat

        So naive of me to expect elected officials to make a lick of sense. My bad!!

    • armed_bears

      “valid argument”?

      What is this mythical best of which you speak?

      • kaydenpat

        Lol. You got me there.

    • jesterpunk

      “My thinking sometimes goes in strange directions,

      There is no logic there and she is A Idiot.

    • Corky Shimazu

      I’d be willing to go into isolation if its on Maui.

  • WotsAllThisThen

    Trust me on this, facebook stalking former partners is not a healthy thing to do.

  • HazooToo
    • TJ Barke

      We’re fucked.

      • HazooToo

        I don’t even know what the fuck to SAY

      • redarmyzombie

        Whelp, here’s to that military coup…

    • armed_bears

      Well this cannot be a Good Thing.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      After watching the Emmys, he’s going to drop Sean Spicer into a combat zone?

    • jesterpunk

      He is getting ready to attack North Korea and Iran?

      • HazooToo

        Lindsay Graham also just implied Africa could be a target.

        • jesterpunk

          Really? Why?

        • Courser_Resistance

          Jesus Fucking Christ! We do NOT need another conflict to send our young people to die in.

          • HazooToo

            I’m not sure we’d know how to function if our country were at peace for longer than a year.

        • SeeTrain65

          “While we’re up in the air, might as well take as many targets as we can, amirite?”

      • Aggle Wok

        Or California?

    • armed_bears

      Cool. My dad is 80, served more than 30 years in 3 conflicts. Bet he’s gonna love this chance.

      • HazooToo

        My Dad will also be very excited to relive the experiences that drove him to alcoholism.

        • armed_bears

          And cost him a finger… which seems weirdly precise for an injury, but there you go.

    • DrBigHead

      I’m waiting for the reinstatement of the draft. Of course, a modified version of the draft that explicitly excludes the progeny of the assholes currently claiming to run the country.

      • Aggle Wok

        I had my doubts that the military would follow him into doing something crazy (domestically), but I’m worried they WOULD follow Kelly.

    • bupkus231

      Apparently, USA Today is reporting that they’re already recalling pilots:

      Link: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/10/20/air-force-recall-many-1-000-retired-pilots-address-serious-shortage/785344001/

      [ h/t to Sheepshagger on the Kelly thread for this link ]

      • harryr

        Is W among them?

        • SeeTrain65

          Or McCain?

    • Aggle Wok

      I’m feeling the need to crawl under the covers

      • Cogswell – In a Mirror, Darkly

        I’m feeling the need to start digging a fallout shelter.

        • Aggle Wok

          Might have to tune into AM radio and order some of them survivalist rations.

        • Zonath

          Make sure you stock it with lots of End Times Meal Kits from Jim Bakker. Because in a nuclear apocalypse, the living truly should envy the dead.

        • Lizzietish81
        • Courser_Resistance

          I live in an apartment. on the 3rd floor.

    • redarmyzombie

      Oh, for fucks sake…

    • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist
      • Courser_Resistance

        You know it’s THIS SHIT that keeps me from getting serious about finding a permanent job. Seriously, why should I try to plan for anything when the bomb can drop on us at any moment and then the mad scramble begins.

        We are so very fucked.

        • marxalot

          I wish I knew, so I could stop paying my student loans. I mean, I don’t want to end up pulling a Walther Benjamin, but I also would like to party my way into the grave.

      • Creepoman

        I really need to hear what Judith Miller has to say before I can form an opinion.

      • HazooToo

        Horrifying, even if you don’t believe a word that comes out of his mouth.

      • SeeTrain65

        “My Uncle Dave hasn’t flown in 25 years, has tremors, cataracts and unpredictable incontinence, but he’s relish the idea of our going to North Korea and … having his neighbor kids fight there so they’ll stop using his lawn as a shortcut to their porch.”

  • armed_bears

    Can we build a containment zone for Duggars?

    • WotsAllThisThen

      We did, it’s called Arkansas.

      • armed_bears

        Zing, y’all!

      • Parakeetist

        Ba dum bump tish

  • Resistance Ftr PuckStopsHere

    God damn. I mean, it must just be a Fuck Fest when her and Tom get it on. It hurts my head just to think about it. I can hear the screams, the furniture being knocked over. God damn …

    • wide_stance_hubby

      And STILL, he manages to escape. . .

    • Parakeetist

      Do not put bad things in my brain!

    • SeeTrain65

      Betty: “Shall we fornicate tonight?”

      Tom: “THAT’S ONLY FOR PROPAGATION!”

      Betty: “Just testing, Tom. I wouldn’t fornicate with you even if you had Paul Broun’s appendage.”

      Tom: “And your vaginal tract smells like a habitat for deceased rodentia.”

  • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

    It seems to me it’s almost frightening the number of people who are living that are potentially carriers,

    Psst don’t tell her about herpes.

    • marxalot

      Or HPV!

      • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

        Both will probably just merge into our genome in a few generations.

  • marxalot

    Related, I’m bracing myself to be really angry for the next couple of weeks, because I’m moving into the phase in my ongoing writing project where my most used reference book will be And the Band Played On.

    • Aggle Wok

      Oof. Try not to drink too much.

      • marxalot

        Two years sober and counting. Thankfully this won’t be my first waltz through.

  • Aggle Wok

    Ugh, my disgusted sour expressions and angry exclamations just gave my face muscles a hard workout. Christ, what an asshole. It’s bad enough that people like her get out and vote, it’s scary and awful that this monster is responsible for crafting law. What a biiiiiiiiiiiiiitch.

  • cheetojeebus

    Confronted with this “Dr” I think I’d opt for the monkey blood and rubbin’ some dirt on it. Christ what a fucking hot mess.

  • Mavenmaven

    Is she still a practicing anesthesiologist? She probably should not be around patients given this video.

    • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

      I’d also check out to see what kind of sedatives are missing from her office.

      • Magyar Has Had It Up To Here

        AOT, K

    • Mavenmaven

      Update: she stopped practicing in 1996.

      • Parakeetist

        Whew

      • SeeTrain65

        So she has no idea what she’s talking about.

        I didn’t need this piece of information to figure that out, but I’m still glad you told us.

  • bupkus231

    One has to wonder how long ago Dr. Price quit practicing her trade and gave up on keeping current with medical training. Even her GA House of Reps bio doesn’t give any dates.

    • jesterpunk

      She was an anesthesiologist.

      • bupkus231

        Yeah – I saw that. Clearly has no knowledge of public health or epidemiology

    • Mavenmaven

      She stopped working in 1996, according to her LinkedIn page.

      • Rocket Pony Ron

        I’m thinking her brain stopped working well before then.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    OK. It’s getting near closing time in the east. What new DOTARD bombshell drops for the weekend in the next few minutes?

    • Aggle Wok

      Scroll down to the vote vets tweet.

  • Magyar Has Had It Up To Here

    She seems nice

  • chazmanr

    “So we’ve got a huge population posing a risk if they are not in treatment.”

    The same could be said about those that own assault weapons, but I bet she isn’t proposing we put them all in leper colony and shoot it out amongst themselves.

    • Cange “leper colony” to FEMA camp, and I would want to subscribe to your newsletter.

      • h4rr4r

        Empty Walmarts connected with tunnels!

  • Oona

    She started practicing in 1983. I know plenty of doctors and nurses of all varieties who go to conferences for continuing education credits and do not actually attend the lecture, read the papers, etc. Just sign a form, eat pastry, go shopping. I bet she knows nothing beyond how to turn the knob on the anesthesia machine. I do anesthesia for a veterinarian. I have a degree in Radio/Television. Keeping the dogs under, but alive isn’t super complicated.

    • TJ Barke

      You use Isoflurane?

      • Oona

        We’re mobile. Some places have Iso, some have Sevo.

    • Just coming in to say isn’t it funny (not funny) how many people with degrees in Radio/Television don’t actually work in Radio and/or Television?

  • Carpe Vagenda

    It’s Reagan’s first year 2.0, starring the ‘left’ as Andrew Dice Clay, an entire network of Morton Downey Jr, and some yokel congressman’s wife (because I very much doubt Mrs. P would have gotten elected to represent the menfolk in her particular district if she wasn’t) as William F. Buckley.

    Who, hopefully, if he’s anywhere, is watching the triumph of his patrician intellectual revolution on eternal loop.

  • Creepoman

    Time to trot out the evergreen:

    Physician, fuck thyself.

    • Parakeetist

      Wow

  • Covfefe

    Wait, Doc. Aren’t you the very same Doc who did the post not three hours ago on Senate Republicans passing the “Super-Fucked Budget?” And you want us to believe the feminine Dr. Price not saying the quarantine word because “she wants to save money?” It’s not the money Doc.

  • Lizzietish81

    I’m guessing she was one of the people freaking out about Ebola

    • Cogswell – In a Mirror, Darkly

      I’m betting this creature in in a perpetual state of hysterics over just about everything.

    • SeeTrain65

      I’m guessing she blames LGBTQ people when she gets a cold.

  • fuckthisfuckthisfuckthisfuckthisfuckthisfuckthisfuckthisfuckthisfuckthisfuckthisfuckthis

    *DEEP BREATH*

    fuckthisfuckthisfuckthisfuckthisfuckthisfuckthisfuckthisfuckthisfuckthisfuckthisfuckthis

  • Pollos Hermanos
    • House0fTheBlueLights

      ooo I miss sassy gay friend! Especially since my own sassy gay friend went and moved to North Carolina.

  • Michael Smith

    This person has a degree?

    • BJW

      A degree in evil stupidity.

    • Anna Rompage

      So does Trump, supposedly…

      • Rocket Pony Ron

        I’m sure he got it the same way he got his Purple Heart.

    • Cogswell – In a Mirror, Darkly

      She has proven herself to be stupid to the nth degree.

    • Rebel Scum with permit

      There are a lot of medical specialists out there who have as much compassion for their patients as a car mechanic has for a car.

      • marxalot

        “You have the bedside manner of an autistic vulture,” basically.

        • Rebel Scum with permit

          To give them credit, most of them don’t eat their patients- not literally, anyway.

          • marxalot

            Neither would the vulture.
            While you’re still living.

          • Daniel

            Tell that to some versions of Prometheus.

          • marxalot

            That was an eagle, thank you. Say what you like about Zeus, he understood branding.

          • Rocket Pony Ron

            /me snerks loudly.

    • Abby Normal

      She’s an anesthesiologist–the old joke is that docs in that field aren’t real good at dealing with conscious people.

    • JohnBull

      A medical degree, like Ben Carson. So….there’s that.

  • WotsAllThisThen

    So we’ve got a huge population posing a risk if they are not in treatment.

    The arguments for single payer health care just keep coming, don’t they.

  • Bitter Scribe

    And of course Price is in favor of distributing clean hypodermic needles to lessen the risk of AIDS among IV drug users, right?

  • Daniel

    That’s not a strange direction your mind’s wandering in. It’s a straight line running right to where your party and President wants everyone they don’t like to end up.

    It’s a railway line through a Polish forest, it’s a railway line through the Taiga. It’s the straight line of the earliest autobahns. It’s the straight line of the White Sea Canal.

    It’s the straight line of a raised right arm, it’s the straight line of a leg ending in a boot stamping on a human face, forever.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      poetry

  • Matthew Wright

    So. Concentration camps, for sick people. Got it.

    • Rebel Scum with permit

      As an alternative to treatment, because drugs are expensive. My brain is trying to wrap itself around that one.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        worked for lepers…

        • Rebel Scum with permit

          Except nobody said “drugs for lepers are too expensive. Let’s put them in colonies, instead”.

    • Nasty Girl Brianna

      Followed by “showers” and ovens, of course.

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      They can keep the (((globalists))) company.

    • SeeTrain65

      Their Leper Colony futures aren’t making the money they’d hoped for.

  • marxalot
    • Zyxomma

      I remember ACT-UP signs all too well. So many people who died. Fuck you, Ronald and Nancy Raygun.

  • Dg Hacket

    Inhuman monster

  • Nasty Girl Brianna

    Christ on a bike I can’t even with these monsters.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/updsFEyt7RpRu/giphy.gif

  • Husband Of Mrs God

    Anesthesiologist? Don’t know whether to say she sure puts me to sleep, or she couldn’t put me to sleep with fentanyl.

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    good god y’all is it beer o’clock yet?

    • Husband Of Mrs God

      Central Time. Or Mountain if you get off at four.

    • SeeTrain65

      It’s always beer o’clock somewhere.

    • sarafina

      Yes.

  • wobbly

    What makes her think that there are lots of people who’ve tested positive for HIV “not in treatment”? My brother has been HIV positive for over ten years and gets his medications through the VA-if he did not, he would qualify for Medicaid, and get them that way. I can’t see anybody who knows he or she is HIV positive not moving heaven and earth to get treated, as untreated AIDS is still a death sentence. If there is a problem with people “spreading” HIV, it’s people who don’t know they have it.

    • Teecha

      Maybe people who are still in the midsts of addiction and aren’t able to care for themselves?

      • wobbly

        Yes. Those people. I live in Rochester, New York, on a nice street and whenever I go downstairs to buy my daily pint of locally distilled vodka, I have to dodge a few beggars, but I don’t worry about “catching” HIV.
        Get tested! Find out if you have it and go from there! There is a group here in Rochester called MOCHA-Men Of Color Health Awareness-and they hand out condoms on the third floor of Action For a Better Community’s headquarters. MOCHA literally hands out leaflets, but the problem is that African-Americans-oh, some of them-have a problem with homosexuality.

    • sarafina

      Or men who insist on having sex bareback. The numbers of new cases are not decreasing, last time I checked. HIV is not curable, but it is preventable, and yes, I am blaming the victims.

  • darnyoudarnyoutoheck

    I sure hope she is some kind of idiot savant for anesthesia because it takes some intelligence to do correctly, and she seem seems deeply and willfully unintelligent. Also mean and bigoted too.

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      Well, Ben Carson is mostly asleep and yet somehow managed to do a lot of brain surgery fairly well. I don’t understand it.

  • Cornelius Fussbudget

    Now, Dr. Mrs. Price is an anesthesiologist by training, not a public health expert

    Would you get into a car designed and built by the guy that does your oil changes? Then why would you take health policy advice from a technician in that field?

    • Daniel

      There are people who voted for a President because he wasn’t a politician.

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    Just because she likes Dr. Pepper doesn’t make her a doctor

    • Subrok

      Now you tell me, scalpel in mid-cut: “Hang it up people, somebody found us out!”

    • Parakeetist

      Ha

    • SeeTrain65

      You mean because she wears Dr. Scholl insoles and watches Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil, that doesn’t give her three more degrees? ; )

      BTW: I’d prefer these Three Degrees. #TSOP

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51N4F6FyI40

  • Wonky Magoo

    Anesthesiologists aren’t known for their kindness and people skills.

    • awwww….surely not all?
      When I had first, it was a bad go about. Long story short, I was very near dead and so was first one.
      By the time they decided gee, we should do an emergency C! I was seriously loopy and out of my head. In comes the Anesthesiologist who had the bluest eyes I had ever seen on a human. Like ALIEN blue. They were so blue! He would ask “Can you still feel the cotton swabby?” and I would go yes, just to keep him there longer so I could figure out if he was an alien or not.
      Ended up having to hold down one arm and hubby the other as I could not stop shaking. Was numb from the neck down. Got to stare at those blue eyes the entire time and did not care.
      He was very kind and personable and was the only of the 5 docs there that night who came by the next day to see how I was doing. So if indeed all, I hope he went back to school and did a different doctor thing XD

      • Persistent Demme

        What is it about eyes like that?!
        When I was having my second, and was getting stroppy, (I think I told the doctor that I was too tired to do anymore, and that he should do the rest of the work), this nurse with dazzling blue eyes, yelled at me to get ahold of myself, and start pushing again.
        She bent over me until the baby was born.
        Later, I noticed a wall covered with thank you notes to her, all mentioning her inspirational and intense blue eyes.

      • Wonky Magoo

        I’m sure there are many fine anesthesiologists! But the med students I knew used to make jokes about them being antisocial.

    • JoeChristmas

      Uncomfortably Numb.

    • Subrok

      Nonsense I know one and this person is more preoccupied with their continued career and the limited resources that might *big word starting iwth F* their career.

      • Wonky Magoo

        Fumigate?

      • cicatricella

        floccinaucinihilipilificate?

  • Shorter dried up useless bitch “Jail the sick and let them die”

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    I’m just thinking outside the box here, but maybe we could tattoo them with some sort of a mark, maybe a letter? If we made it scarlet, I bet people would really notice it.

    Yours in Christ,
    Hesther

  • SayItWithWookies

    Why does Betty Price want to quarantine all the gays? Is she mad at them because they keep letting her go out in public with her hair like that?

    • Rags

      There is no gay person who would commit that fashion crime

  • Fancy Meau-Faux

    While we are at it we should also send people with the flu to quarantine zones. It kills about 10x as many people yearly than HIV/AIDS, and spreads easier. I’m sure there are lots of other deadly communicable diseases that we can put people away for.

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      Is ‘being Betty Price’ one of them?

  • bubbuhh

    Stoopit iz a communicable disease. At least, it is among the shit people to which the Prices cling. Put em all in a very large toilet bowl and flush (with votes).

  • JoeChristmas

    Build the Dang Walls!!1!

  • Cat Sullivan

    Hows ’bout all those people who won’t inoculate their kids? Maybe they and their families should be heavily quarantined and put in pens so they don’t “endanger the health” for the rest of us as well…” Just sayin’ here … :oP

  • Lambsendbeds

    O_o

  • Teecha

    I also love the language differences. She’d be an anaesthetist in the UK

    • Spurning Beer

      In the US, anesthesiologists are MDs who make about a half million dollars a year. Anesthetists are nurses who make maybe $150,000.

      • Teecha

        That is a fuck load of money for a nurse. I don’t think there would be a single nurse in Britain who earned even a third of that.

        Here an anaesthetist is the doctor who deds you while her/his mate slices you.

        • paxpax

          I’m a floor nurse in the US – I started inquiring into working as a nurse in the UK and the consistent feedback I got was “don’t do it”. Lower pay; lower respect.

          • Unregistered Hijabi Rockstar

            That might change soon if Theresa May and her lot keep kicking all the brown people out. Britain’s gonna need nurses BAD.

          • Teecha

            My mum is a nurse- well, a nurse practitioner now (go Mum!) she works in A&E.

            I’d say that the great British public have a lot of respect for nurses, but this isn’t reflected in their pay. Which is a disgrace. The top of the pay scale for a ‘normal’ nurse is £28500* (37600 dollars). The gvt have capped public sector pay for years now (most of the reason I now teach in the Middle East) and many nurses have suffered significant financial hardship as a result.

            *of course, they do get the usual holidays and benefits as everyone else in the UK. Plus overtime. And if you work as a bank nurse (filling in for absences and shortages) you can earn more.

    • gingerwentworth1

      She could put them down in no time, at very low cost.

    • Unregistered Hijabi Rockstar

      I thought they were being very rude to the pathologist in Midsomer until I remembered that they call surgeons “Mr” in the UK.

      • Teecha

        Ha! And consultants too. They spend all that time and effort to be a Dr and then become a Mr again. Weird tradition. I used to know why.

    • irishdave3

      You mean the Brits don’t even believe in the Gawd?

  • Red Bird

    I’m going to venture to say that she only acts this way because she believes that HIV affects mostly racial minorities. She’s acting just like the people who used to look down on drug addicts until they realized that opioid addiction affects mostly young white people.

  • Relativicus

    The Conservative Who Is Also An MD. WTF?
    By Relativicus

    So, these conservatives who are also medical doctors…

    What the fuck?

    This has been “The Conservative Who Is Also An MD. WTF?“ by Relativicus.

    • Spurning Beer

      I know, right? What comes next — Zen masters who are also conservatives?

      • Captain Kraut

        “The sound of a very small hand clapping” libelz!!1!

    • nightmoth

      It’s like I tell my cousins: SOMEONE has to graduate at the bottom of the class, and it was probably your (conservative) doctor.

    • Unregistered Hijabi Rockstar

      My crazy conservative anti-evolution aunt has a degree in geology. I DON’T KNOW EITHER.

    • Phried Ω

      Lawyers becoming politicians I can sort of understand, particularly if they are incompetent lawyers. MDs becoming legislators and elected officials I don’t understand. Seems like a giant pay cut and huge work load increase. So how bad of a doctor do you have to be for this to be the best option? I suspect that they can’t subscribe to their Hippocratic oath and there isn’t one for politician.

  • Relativicus

    Also, this is why I like Ebola. There’s never a whole lot of people walking around with Ebola, you know? It’s been years since I’ve even seen someone with Ebola, now that I think of it. Must not be that big a deal anymore. But if it is a problem, at least they’re not all walking around being gross and stuff.

    • Grokenstein

      Ah, I remember when Ebola was going to sweep across the country, killing hundreds of thousands of kajillions of Americans. And it was all Obama’s doing! The only answer was to quarantine all the brown people!

  • President in Exile Firefly

    I didn’t know Liberty University has a medical school.

    • Peripatetic Poltroon

      Of course! “For Jesus said Blessed are the sick, for we shall put them into large holes in the earth, and they shall be comforted by our laughter.” (Meshuganah 14:88)

      • mailman27

        And they will die most readily.

      • Unregistered Hijabi Rockstar

        That’s the story where the sick man can’t get to Jesus because of the crowds, so his friends lower him down through a hole in the ground! Love that one.

    • Grokenstein

      It can have any school y’all wants, if y’all gots th’ money.

    • LeftyProud

      This made me laugh out loud. Thank you.

  • Me not sure

    “My thinking sometimes goes in strange directions…”
    Say no more.

  • So here’s the thing. I read “Tom Petty” in the headline for a second before my brain corrected it. And that’s pretty much why I find it impossible to believe in an omnipotent God. A benevolent one wouldn’t allow Tom Petty to die and leave this hateful bigot alive, so either God isn’t omnipotent, God isn’t benevolent, or God doesn’t exist. The second option is too terrifying to contemplate, so as a result, you have my agnosticism.

    Seriously, though, this year can mostly DIAF. Moonlight‘s Oscar victory, Mueller’s appointment as special prosecutor, and the failure of Trumpcare are virtually the only things keeping this from being the Darkest Timeline.

    • randoracer

      I was so horrified when I read “Tom Petty” too that I couldn’t even go down the philosophical path you took in contemplating the existence of a benevolent god. But thank god you did. That is, if only he/she/it existed and was benevolent.

  • sillyclucker

    I wonder if she’s worried about Dr. Mr. Price cheating on her.

    • lynchie

      Well he does have a wide stance

  • Stulexington

    And today the part of “person with just a few honest questions will be played by …

    • Mike Steele

      Ben Affleck?

    • Ants In My Eyes Johnson

      HateBot3.0, now with Whataboutism capabilities!

  • Axomamma

    I’m getting to the point where I can’t even read news stories. I get up in the morning, spend ten minutes reading about what happened since the sun rose on the east coast (I’m on the west, so my day starts three hours later), and then play internet poker, because I. Just. Can’t. Deal. With. Current. Events. Any. More.

    • Unregistered Hijabi Rockstar

      I just found out that TWO of my favorite scientists are gross Islamophobes, and one of them is glad Richard Spencer gets speaking gigs because “free speech,” so I’m done for the week.

      (Yes, they are both straight white men, how did you know?)

      • HooverVilles

        Enquirer-ing minds would like to know.

      • Axomamma

        Ugh. You have my sympathy.

  • notanncoulter

    can someone please force feed these prices a bowl of used condoms?
    asking for a friend.

  • sweet freedom

    I don’t want to say the words “fetid boil on the buttocks of society” but I guess I just said it. Sorry, Betty…you’re vermin.

    • phoenix00

      Isn’t that another kind of STD?

    • lynchie

      how about “pustule on the bag of humanity”. Has a better ring to it

      • sweet freedom

        I can work with that.

  • mailman27

    “…died more readily…”?? “…died more READILY…”??????

    • sarafina

      readily = quickly

  • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

    This entire administration is essentially a horror-movie version of “Blast from the Past”, the Brendan Fraser movie where a guy emerges into modern society after 20 years in a bomb shelter with his parents. Except, in this case, they’ve traveled back in time to find the biggest assholes.

  • Ding dang dumb libels! I been telling yas how to “curtail the spread of HIV” fer 30 years and libels like this here Betty Price still ain’t got it through her purty little doctoring head! Iffn ya just shoot any and everyone who tests positive for HIV, ya ain’t gots no more HIV! It is simple. Jes shoot ’em all! But, no these here doctors what with their liberal doctoring degrees gets all up in arms and says we can quarineteen ’em, like that ain’t as expensive as keeping a prisoner fer life, but we can’t jes shoot ’em!

    Not a wonder my nephew says we is the United Fucking States of Fucking Stupid when we can’t even enact a commoning sensical solution like this. Ding dang dumb libels.

  • Sneezy

    “What would you advise or are there any methods legally that we could do that would curtail the spread,”

    Here are some “methods” that the Georgia state government could do “legally”: (1) Hand out PReP to high risk communities; (2) robust public education campaign with real sexual health education; (3) condoms (duh).

    Here is something Georgia could not do “legally”: quarantine citizens needlessly

    • Stulexington

      But what if they want to pretend to help people but secretly very obviously want to separate out a specific element of society? What then?

  • Mike S – CenFL

    Please edit the second quote to add the missing words, without which the sentence is a bit confusing: ““It seems to me it’s almost frightening the number of people who are
    living that are potentially carriers — well they are carriers — with the
    potential to spread …” (copied from the HuffPost article). Also, too, f*ck the Prices!

  • nightmoth

    There was a little discussion on the Athens, Ga. NPR station about this yesterday, and, unfortunately, the snarkiest thing anyone said about Betty Price is that she’s 30 years behind the times. So I came here to revel in some REAL snark! (Note to NPR: put some steel in your backbone)

    • Vacuous Virgina

      Too bad they don’t allow comments 😇

    • Unregistered Hijabi Rockstar

      I stopped listening to NPR last winter when they jumped on the “both sides” train to Trumptown.

      Fuck you, NPR.

      • lynchie

        The funding for NPR comes largely from the Koch brothers and other Republican think tanks. which is quite a oxymoron….Republicans/think in the same sentence…good grief.

        • Gorillionaire

          It’s the listener call-in programs during the day that turned me away. Endless cranks who introduce themselves as “independents” and then repeat wingnut talking points with an audible smirk and then the host politely says “yeah thanks for that, what do you think?”.

      • i really should. i get infuriated every morning (friday was classic example: 2/3 batshit republicans to 1 interview with VP tim kaine. no challenge to rep talking points.)

        i also imagine our local stations – who you KNOW are libtards – are pretty furious.

        but how would i get myself out to my obamacare job without them?

        • Billy Wigglestaff

          Aren’t you getting the free Soros helicopter rides?

  • Vacuous Virgina

    “We’ll just predict the committee will update the law to allow people with HIV to engage in intercourse only while in a licensed biohazard containment facility, which must then be launched by rocket into the Sun.”

    I don’t have HIV, but that sounds like a great way to end one’s life 😂😂😂

    (Guillotine also too 😵)

  • Viktor

    Betty Price is bad at simple math. Quarantining aids patients would costs millions. Free condoms would cost the states pennies per condom

    • HooverVilles

      Yes. Teh stooopid, it berns.
      I can’t even anymore. And no, this self-help book does not help.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6272b440981e7c85aadc2a118c9cf2a754f42a5a8aff5eb559dad8815f49483c.jpg

      Sigh!!!!

    • BreakingDeadMen

      But condoms aren’t punitive enough.

    • Ants In My Eyes Johnson

      Needle exchanges, and free retro-viral meds and doctor visits to make sure they are taking the meds right, and the condition is responding would be the most effective way to make HIV numbers of a population stop climbing.

      So would comprehensive, age-appropriate sex-ed throughout schooling.

      So would addiction programs to help people quit, or just survive, without getting infected, long enough to realize they want to quit.

      So would jobs programs for economically-depressed regions where addiction is insanely common.

      No modern conservative is going to support, much less suggest such programs, though, even when they are shown to work and be cost-effective.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Woah Death Betty (bam-A-lam)
    Death betty had a theory (bam-A-lam)
    Something about HIV (bam-A-lam)
    She said “Let’s do a quarantine” (bam-A-lam)
    The damn theory was dumb (bam-A-lam)
    I said oh Death betty (bam-A-lam)
    whoa, Death betty (bam-BA-lam)

    • SqueakyRat

      Snaker’s here.

    • Michael D Lynch

      That…is….BRILLIANT!

  • The Librarian

    Egads, what a horrible woman. Since HIV people don’t die fast enough these days, Ms. Price wants to put them in a pen or perhaps a nice FEMA container. Since she’s so intent on living in the past and obviously isn’t up on current medical science, can she spend some time in the stocks for false accusations?

    • BreakingDeadMen

      A nice scarlet B (for Bigot and any other appropriate B word) on her clothing.

    • Ants In My Eyes Johnson

      Almost like to take people like her, quarantine them in a sealed container with some live Plague hanging out in it. “Oh, this disease used to simply KILL everyone off, and wasn’t that so much easier and cheaper in the long run for the rest of us good people?” YUP, SO DID MOST OF THEM.

      Disgusting.

  • Gorillionaire

    Ya know, anethesiologists are about the highest paid docs in the hospital world. Gotta wonder about a doctor that goes through all that training, gets the big money gig and then says “fuck it, I’m gonna run for the state house.”

    • Ants In My Eyes Johnson

      It might be a part-time job at the House. Or she may be semi-retired from medicine, she look sold enough for it.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      She’s inhaled waaaay too much of her own gas.

  • BreakingDeadMen

    It’s like Orwell’s 1984 hatefucked Reagan’s and 2017 is the baby.

  • Ants In My Eyes Johnson

    Before we go too bananas demanding certain requirements of immigration applicants, maybe we should perform an audit of people born here, and deport those that fail the basic humanity test. I have no idea what should ultimately be done with this horrible, heartless person, but she has no business representing any portion of the US.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Perhaps there is a good use, after all, for a containment facility which is launched by rocket into the Sun.

  • Empress of the Iguana People

    What is -with- these doctors turned politicians? Are any of them not nuts?

  • The Militant Homosexual Agenda

    Instead of wishing all of us queers would just die quicker she really needs to find herself a gay hairdresser to fix that rat’s nest on her head. Did she brush her hair with an egg beater? She looks like she just rolled out of bed and coming to this hearing was an afterthought.

    • Andrew Last

      I thought she was suffering a hangover !

  • Andrew Last

    What a pig. Who’s next Betty ? dont like cancer cures extending peoples lives ? shame there is no cure for people like you . You should be immediately sacked your inhumane comment.

  • John

    I’m pretty sure if would be best if we quarantined Republicans, after all, they are busy trying to destroy the entire US government and represent a clear and present danger. So, let’s start rounding them up, starting with this batsh*t crazy nut.

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