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Benedict Arlen: G.O.P. killed Jack Kemp

Posted by danishova on May 4, 2009

Time to retire, Arlen.  Desperation is a most unattractive trait.

The Washington Times reports on an exchange with Bob Schieffer:

Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Democrat, said part of the reason he left the Republican Party last week was disillusionment with its healthcare priorities, and suggested that had the Republicans taken a more moderate track, Jack Kemp may have won his battle with cancer. [snip]

Mr. Specter continued: "If we had pursued what President Nixon declared in 1970 as the war on cancer, we would have cured many strains. I think Jack Kemp would be alive today. And that research has saved or prolonged many lives, including mine."

Read the rest here.

Indeed, this shameless demagoguery defies logic. If a nationalized health system is such a wonderful thing, why hasn’t Great Britain found the cure for cancer?

UPDATE: Ed Morrissey has the video, and notes:

It’s also a grotesque lie.  During Republican control of Congress, federal spending on health research and regulation increased 46% after inflation, from $49 billion a year to $72 billion a year, or about 7% increase each year.  That’s almost the same rate of increase as Defense spending got in the same period (48%), when we actually had a real war on our hands, and not a political contrivance for excusing federal spending.

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