Katrina vanden Heuvel’s Alternative Reality
In the course of a July 13th Washington Post column attacking Republicans, Katrina vanden Heuvel writes that “Missouri’s Roy Blunt, among others, stood with the insurance and drug companies against health-care reform.” Come again? The pharmaceutical industry favored the Democrats’ health-care legislation, and is even now coming to the aid of Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) to thank him for his role in passing it. The insurers spent more than a year urging passage of an individual mandate coupled with insurance regulations. That wasn’t the Republican position in the debate.
So let’s edit the sentence: “Missouri’s Roy Blunt, among others, stood with the public against health-care legislation that the pharmaceutical interests wanted and that contained many of the insurance industry’s favorite policies.” Much better.