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Via Steve Benen unintentional hilarity from Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), re: Affordable Care Act repeal.

"The American people don't want it. It's personal.

"Here's my story, two days ago, I was in San Antonio, Texas, and my mother had a large tumor removed from her head. They wheeled her away at 7:20 in the morning, and by noon, I was talking to her along with the rest of our family. It proved benign, thanks to a lot of prayers and good doctors at the Methodist hospital in San Antonio. My mother's fine. I'm not sure that would be the outcome in Canada, the U.K., or anywhere in Europe.

"No disrespect to our President, but when it comes to the health of my mother, I don't want this President or any President or his bureaucrat or commissions making decisions for my loved ones. Let's repeal it today, replace it tomorrow."

Unless Mr. Hensarling's mother had him in her very early teens (he's 53), she's on Medicare, which is a system much like Canada's or the U.K.'s. In other words, socialized medicine!!!! Which, of course, the Affordable Care Act is nothing like. But, as Republicans are very fond of pointing out, the bill was over 2,000 pages long. And even though it's in extremely large type, with very generous margins, we'll give him the benefit of the doubt. Mr. Hensarling probably hasn't had a chance to work his way through it all to actually figure out what's in it.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Jan 21, 2011 at 09:32 AM PST.

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