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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Labeling something as a civil rights bill doesn't play well to the average teabagger.

Limbaugh has trashed progressive efforts to improve America’s health care system for years, but notice he didn’t start talking about “reparations” and comparing reform to a “civil rights bill” until the President of the United States was African American. The nauseating message is about as subtle as a sledgehammer.

"Republicans feel no compunction to run from this hatemonger.”

Dems keep fringe liberals at arm’s length, but Republicans can’t wait to associate themselves with a racist, drug-addled radio personality, who seems to have more influence in GOP politics than anyone. Indeed, when a Republican dares to disagree with Limbaugh in public, he/she invariably reverses course and begs Rush for forgiveness.

The caller misquoted the Senate Health Bill.  Under the Senate proposal, insured group health plans must comply with the nondiscrimination requirements for self-funded plans (IRC Sec. 105(h)(2)), including rules that the plan does not discriminate in favor of highly compensated individuals as to eligibility to participate or to benefits provided under the plan. 

Since the discrimination rules for self-funded plans were issued in 1980, employers have adopted fully insured plans to provide executives and key employees with tax-free reimbursements for out-of-pocket medical, dental, and vision expenses. These new prohibitions against discrimination in fully insured plans will compel employers to use other methods to reward executives.

Basically it's saying that you can't provide extra incentives to the executives that you don't provide to everyone. In what way is that wealth redistribution?
Source:  http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/02/23/limbaughs-reparations-crowing-hits-a-new-racist-low/

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