Last week I drew a cartoon to try and capture the fear-mongering that the GOP is resorting to in their attempts to block health care reform. The caption claimed that under the new health care system sponsored by the President and enacted by the Democratic Congress, organ donation would become mandatory, even if you were still alive!
By making such an outlandish claim, it was my purpose to call attention — and hopefully ridicule — the disinformation campaign now in full force from the right. It turns out that my caption wasn’t even that outlandish when you compare it to the stuff that’s coming from real members of the conservative legislature. It seems everyone is trying to top Michelle Bachman!
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) went on the radio — like in, there’s audio tape of this lunacy — to top my cartoon character:
We’ve been battling this socialist health care, the nationalization of health care, that is going to absolutely kill senior citizens. They’ll put them on lists and force them to die early because they won’t get the treatment as early as they need. […] I would rather stop this socialization of health care because once the government pays for your health care, they have every right to tell you what you eat, what you drink, how you exercise, where you live. […] But if we’re going to pay 700 million dollars like we voted last Friday to put condoms on wild horses, and I know it just says an un-permanent enhanced contraception whatever the heck that is. I guess it follows that eventually get around to doing it to us.
Yes, ladies and gentleman, I am not making this up! This elected representative actually said that they are going to put seniors on lists and force them to die early!
Read the whole crazy post here. Think Progress is trying to keep up with the madness.