News Better Dead Than… Canadian
posted by January 21 at 15:51 PMon
State Senator Mike Carrell (R-28) tried to undermine Senator Karen Keiser’s universal health-care bill at the hearing this afternoon by grilling her star witness, state Senator Jon Erpenbach from Wisconsin. Erpenbach is the author of a plan in Wisconsin that Keiser is using as the model for her plan. (Given that our legislature is only in session part time, there’s a lot of that around here.)
Senator Carrell tried a little scare mongering. He brought up the right wing’s shorthand for socialism. “Given that Wisconsin is on the border with Canada,” Carrell began harrumphing, “doesn’t your plan parallel theirs?”
Senator Erpenbach laughed—gave Carrell a geography lesson—and appropriately Carrell’s loaded analogy quickly came unglued. “No, it doesn’t [parallel the Canada model] except that everyone is covered,” he quipped getting another round of laughter at the geographically challenged Republican’s expense.
I’m still trying to get up to speed on how Senator Keiser’s plan would work. I’m going to start with this recent editorial by Senator Erpenbach.