Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I can understand the concern with "mental health"....

ThinkProgress has this little gem today:
House Republicans are so intent on forcing through the Senate-approved surveillance bill “that they’ve tried to attach it to some strange vehicles,” including “an unrelated mental health parity bill (HR 1424).” Attempting to justify this move, Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) was forced to stretch logic:

This bill is intended to ensure the mental health of Americans; yet, no American’s health can be fully secured if they are under attack by a terrorist or facing the potential threat of terrorist attack.

Mr. Hoekstra may well have a (personal) reason to insist on full funding for mental health care. And I don't disagree with the impetus for such (but tying it to the PAA may hurt its chances of passage). However, may I respectfully suggest that Hoekstra forgot to add in the supplemental appropriation for "Depends" price subsidies, which would also directly benefit him and his supporters.....


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