The Democratic National Committee has decided it’s time to call out Sen. Jon Kyl for his statements on the health care legislation.
The “Call ‘Em Out” campaign now has three targets – all of them high-profile Republicans. The first two were U.S. Rep. John Boehner and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Boehner is the House minority leader, and Pawlenty is rumored to be a future presidential candidate. Kyl is the Senate minority whip.
Democrats have called out Kyl for four specific statements he’s made regarding how the health care proposal would impact Americans.
No. 1: Democrats dispute the idea that government would not be put in control of health care.
No. 2: They dispute the statement that health insurance reform would cut Medicare and lead to rationing.
No 3.: They say it’s false that health insurance reform would be hugely costly.
No. 4: And they take issue with the idea that comparative effectiveness research would lead to rationing and denial of care.
Each of the arguments and background is long and tedious, so I’m not going to go into it all here. But you can read the full text of the Democrat charges at http://www.democrats.org/page/content/callemoutkyl. There’s also a YouTube video that can be accessed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBdRs7VRu8c.
Kyl’s spokesman Andrew Wilder noted in an e-mail this morning that he hesitates to dignify the attacks with a response. But he did anyway. He stated that “Slick graphics don’t hide the fact that the Democratic National Committee has to misrepresent the facts of their government-run health care takeover to the American people in order to get it passed.” He also pointed out that “support for ObamaCare has sunk to a new all-time low of only 41 percent in favor.” He cited a recent poll by Rasmussen, which can be found at http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/september_2009/health_care_reform
To see what Kyl says about health care and what he wants to do on the issue, check out the following recent columns the senator has authored: