When Senator Voinovich goofed on the southerners who are destroying his party, we argued that the GOP's problem isn't geographical, but rather pathological: Republicans everywhere have been so wild-eyed and shrill for so long that they've forgotten how to speak in non-histrionic tones. And right on cue, Voinovich's colleague from Ohio, Congressman John Boehner, stepped up to prove our point.


A provision of the House bill would provide Medicare coverage for the work of doctors who advise patients on life-sustaining treatment and “end-of-life services,” including hospice care.

Conservative groups have seized on this provision as evidence that the bill could encourage the rationing of health care. The Family Research Council, for example, said the bill would “limit end-of-life care.”

The House Republican leader, Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, said, “This provision may start us down a treacherous path toward government-encouraged euthanasia.”

Obama wants to put your grandparents down like rabid dogs: This is the latest end-days prediction from the idea-void right, which is terrified that healthcare reform will pass, and — horrors! — Americans will like it. Does John Boehner, member of Congress and GOP leader, believe this? That's not the point — he wants you to believe it.

"Southerner," Senator Voinovich, is a state of mind. We await your condemnation of Boehner's shameless deception. — Frank Lewis

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