Republicans and Their Healthcare Hypocrisy

09/14/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell gets deserved kudos for nailing a Republican Congressman who opposes healthcare reform for the obvious unspoken reason: the Republicans do NOT want to give Obama any major victories that promise continued popularity with ordinary voters and taxpayers. In their wildest dreams the Republicans cannot imagine people hating healthcare that is no longer only for the rich and the well-employed, courtesy of the insurance industry.

Of course, Republican office-holders cannot aid the spread of Medicare-like coverage. It would become entrenched, assumed, effective and popular (like social security) and it would always bear Obama's name, not the Republican Party. That would insure further Democratic election success. This is not about what's good for the public or the country, this is about a cynical, power-grabbing party trying to get back in control anyway they can without necessarily going to prison. The damage done to nation and humans matters little.

The next set of questions for O'Donnell or another honest interviewer to ask the next Congressional Hypo-Republicrite: Why don't you reject your own personal government-funded platinum healthcare package and buy on the free market? Why doesn't your dedicated free market loving staff reject THEIR fancy government paid healthcare coverage? Have you suggested that Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich reject any government health benefits they are getting? Maybe Karl Rove and Dick Cheney should stand up for what's right and give up their continuing health benefits as former administration officials. Do you think any private insurance company would cover Cheney with his medical history of cardiac problems?