Today: Rachel chats with a health insurance industry whistleblower and demands that politicians put their memories where their mouths are.
Bought the Pharma
Rachel started us off with a new ad from the 60 Plus Association, a totally non-partisan group that just maybe has some sponsors you’ve heard of.
As good as the segment was, I kept thinking that unethical surgeons must somehow also be involved, because everyone at 60 Plus seems to have an extra set of nards.
They’ve already been debunked by the AARP and they didn’t even bother to change their name!
You’d think they’d at least bother to think up a new generic political handle, like “Seniors for Life” or something.
Or maybe something snappier and more acronym-friendly: “Seniors Against Death” or “Grandparents Rising Against Mean Political Slayings” or “Older Leaders Demanding Fair And Reasonable Taxation Standards.” Any of those would have been awesome.
But no. Just the same, already-discredited name. They’re either really lazy or counting on us being really apathetic. I guess we’ll see who’s laughing when the dust settles.
While we’re organizing mobs and everything, I would like to get together a crack squad of feisty old broads to go over to 60 Plus and give them a piece of their minds.
But why would health insurance companies be so willing to play dirty pool to stop competition from a public option for health insurance?
An enormous ongoing rise in profits and astronomical pay for the CEOs? Hmm, I suppose that could do it.
Rachel welcomed former health insurance executive Wendell Potter and Rachel’s staff hit a new high in whimsical graphics.
Rachel reported that the village of Khaznah in Iraq is gone — blown up in a series of attacks that seem to be targeting Shias.
She also remarked on the case of a double murder inside the Green Zone — apparently the result of a drinking binge and everybody being armed.
Rachel noted that less than a year ago, the man who did the shooting wouldn’t necessarily have been prosecuted — foreign contractors have only been subject to Iraqi law since January 1.
And then, just to cruelly blow your mind and make you question everything that you thought was true and good in the world, Rachel showed footage of former Governor Rod Blagojevich singing an Elvis song at a street party in Chicago.
Chicago, you were my home for nine years and I love you, but you must stop this madness! Stop making Rod Blagojevich think people want to see him out in public and hear his opinions and plumb the hidden depths of his musical talents!
A joke is a joke. The potential blowback to this one could annoy a nation.
Rachel moved on to an unsettling update on the story of Scott Roeder, the domestic terrorist who shot abortion provider Dr. George Tiller.
Roeder has been corresponding with leaders in the far-right antiabortion fringe and is apparently becoming something of a hero or, worse, a role model.
Rachel welcomed Amy Hagstrom Miller of Whole Woman’s Health. Miller routinely deals with death threats as a part of her regular workday, and as you might expect is a little concerned about Roeder’s growing mythology and list of pen pals.
GOP in Exile
Rachel reported that former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is having some trouble on the job-hunting front, which I hope marks the first and last time that I will feel solidarity with him.
Rachel tidily summed up Gonzales as “the torture guy,” and noted that no one wants to hire him as a lawyer and numerous colleagues at Texas Tech have protested his hiring.
Wow, actual social consequences for bad behavior. You could have knocked me over with a feather. Assuming you had put a collar on me and slammed me into a wall first.
Rachel Re: Who, Me??
A new Rachel Re: already! We must have all eaten our vegetables.
This time, Rachel attacks a public health issue: convenient, selective short-term memory loss.