Skip to comments.Sen. Jim Bunning holds floor: 'Tough s--t'
Posted on 02/26/2010 10:24:36 AM PST by LouAvul
Senate Democrats spent Thursday night hammering away at Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) for single-handedly holding up action in the upper chamber but he blurted out a message to one of them on the Senate floor: Tough st.
In an unusual display in the normally sleepy chamber, Bunning without the support of GOP leadership has blocked efforts to quickly approve a series of extensions to measures that would otherwise expire Sunday, including unemployment insurance and the Cobra program that allows people who lose their health benefits to continue getting coverage.
And that has led to a furious exchange on the floor, with Democrats attacking the senator, who has refused to relent on his objection, in unusually harsh terms.
In a colloquy with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sen. Jeff Merkley, a freshman Democrat from Oregon, was pleading for Bunning to drop his objection, when the Kentucky Republican got fed up.
Tough st, Bunning said as he was seated in the back row, overheard by the floor staff and others in attendance.
A spokesman for Bunning did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Its rare for senators to curse at one another on the floor of the chamber. In 2004, Dick Cheney famously told Sen. Patrick Leahy to f- yourself when the vice president appeared for a photo session in the upper chamber.
Bunning is furious about increased spending in the Senate but hes waging a lonely battle to stop it. The senior senator from his state, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, with whom he has a frosty relationship, is not backing him up. If he refuses to relent, Democrats will have to file cloture to shut down debate, pushing back final action until next week.
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Absolutely correct! The last time I had employer paid health insurance and when I left, the wonderful cobra deal would have made my monthly insurance payments over $1000 just for me, and this was in 2001
Grayson, is a Nasty/Dirty/Obscene name here in Central Florida!
How about the ads on TV for USPS shipping boxes? How much did that cost?
Drysdale was very good, certainly in the same class, but he played for contenders most of his career. Bunning didn't.
Juan Marichal, as great a pitcher as he was, will always be tainted for attacking John Roseboro with a baseball bat. Plus, his team was seldom out of contention.
That is because many people no longer really have health insurance, we have a pre-paid health plan.
Although I personally don't approve of profanity in most situations, Senator Bunning used it quite aptly in this case. He's a man of great courage to stand firm on a matter of principle.
I had a pilot friend who was laid off by a major airline after 9/11. They paid for his family's health insurance for a year, then it went into COBRA. The policy under COBRA would have cost $1,500/month ($18,000/year "Gold Plated" Union negotiated policy). He went to his local independent insurance agent and bought insurance for his family for $500/month. It had a higher deductible, and didn't pay for everything (probably didn't cover fertility drugs, for example), but provided the coverage he and his family needed.
This is what is wrong with insurance. State mandates, and ridiculous coverages drive the cost through the roof. The first exposure many have to paying for insurance themselves is in a COBRA situation, and they freak at the cost of insurance, thinking all health insurance must be so expensive.
The COBRA subsidies passed by Congress are nothing more than corporate welfare to the insurance industry. The same insurers offer much lower priced policies.
There is only one reason to buy into COBRA: If you have a pre-existing condition which would otherwise prevent you from being able to buy insurance.
State mandates are part of it, but mostly the price is going up because we are moving away from health insurance to prepaid health care, i.e. $15 co-pays for a doctor’s visit no matter how much it actually costs.
Stand up and fight for what is Right!