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Sen. Bob Corker marched onto the Senate floor today and accused the American Medical Association of selling its support for health care reform like a whore in return for an adjustment in the Medicare doctor payment formula.
"We all know that the selling of one's body is one of the oldest professions in the world. The A.M.A. is engaged in basically selling the support of its body, by throwing future generations under the bus, by in essence urging that we as Congress pass this week a quarter-of-a-trillion-dollar spending bill, unpaid for. And if we do that, we might get their support in health care reform."
The New York Times
, for one, points out the hypocrisy of a Republican making this complaint. In 2003, Republicans did the same thing Corker's castigating. They rammed through the Medicare prescription drug bill without offsetting the cost. That's supposed to add $800 billion to the national debt by 2019, triple the cost of what's troubling Corker. He can get away with this because he wasn't in the Senate in 2003 and so he didn't vote on the drug bill.