Roger L. Simon

Healthcare: Specter Knows Best - but a woman shouts him down

Sen. Arlen Specter – that living argument for term limits – was shouted down by a woman at a healthcare town hall on Sunday: “I look at this health care plan and I see nothing that is about health or about care. What I see is a bureaucratic nightmare, senator. Medicaid is broke, Medicare is broke, Social Security is broke and you want us to believe that a government that can’t even run a cash for clunkers program is going to run one-seventh of our U.S. economy? No sir, no,” she said.

You may be shocked to hear the woman got loud applause, drowning out Specter. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was on the scene to defend the Pennsylvania Senator, but apparently wasn’t particularly well-received either.

The irony, as most of us know, is that Specter has had his very public and admittedly courageous battles with cancer, battles for which he undoubtedly had the best, spare-no-expense, medical treatment. Has he even begun to investigate how the various Obama proposals floating around would help people in similar conditions? As Specter himself admitted at the Town Hall, he hasn’t as yet read the bill since there is no bill. [Didn’t you see one in DC?-ed. Never mind.] And, furthermore, he doesn’t read the entire bills himself, relying on staff. [So it goes.-ed. Indeed.]