WASHINGTON - In June of 2009, Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin blasted Republicans for criticizing Obamacare, and condemned as fictitious concerns about delays in government health care, such as those now reported at VA medical facilities.
DURBIN: Many people on the other side of the aisle have come to the floor and criticized the idea of a public interest health insurance plan. They argue it is government insurance, government health care. But most Americans know that government health care is not a scary thing in and of itself. There are 40 million Americans under Medicare. That is a government health care program. Millions of Americans are protected by Medicaid for lower income people in our country. That has a government component too.
Our veterans come back from war and go to the Veterans' Administration, a government health program. I have not heard a single Republican come to the floor and say: We need to eliminate Medicare, eliminate Medicaid, close the VA hospitals, because it is all government health care. No. For most people being served by these programs, they believe they are godsends and they do not want to lose them.
Yesterday, the minority leader, the Republican Senator from Kentucky, came to the floor and talked about a future which is fictitious. He said: A government plan where care is denied, delayed, and rationed.
Those are fighting words, because no one wants their coverage denied, they do not want to wait in a long line for surgery, and they do not want to believe they are victims of rationing. It is important for them to have medical care given to them.
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