Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Rep. Anthony Weiner for Health Insurance Reform Spokesman
In watching the normally aggravating "Morning Joe" today, we finally had a person who articulated the progressive case for a public option: New York Rep. Anthony Weiner. Weiner had Joe Scarborough ("Douche-borough" in Jon Stewart's memorable smackdown) unable to counter his argument that the public option -- for Weiner, it would be expansion of Medicare eventually to all Americans -- was the most cost effective way of financing our health care. Rep. Weiner kept asking a tongue-tied Doucheborough to identify the contribution that for-profit insurance companies make to health care, and why should Americans pay tens of billions of dollars for insurance company overhead and profits that don't make us any healthier.
Weiner is smart as a whip, and the Douche-man was impressed enough to invite him back this Thursday.
Rep. Weiner also scores bonus points for getting engaged to Hillary Clinton's aide Huma Abedin, who turned heads during last year's Democratic primaries.