During the vice presidential debate it became clear that Sarah Palin had not boned up too much on health care as she ducked and dodged Gwen Ifill’s questions on the subject. Biden ended the talk on health care with the zinger of the night. The CNN transcript speaks for itself with my editorializing italicized. Joe Biden leads with the McCain quote on his plans to deregulate health care like banking.
IFILL: Governor, please if you want to respond to what he said about Sen. McCain’s comments about health care?
PALIN: I would like to respond about the tax increases…Now, that’s not what we need to create jobs and really bolster and heat up our economy…Government is going to have to learn to be more efficient …But we do need tax relief…
Hmmm, ok, did she hear that the moderator asked about health care? After several more minutes of both sides discussing taxes:
IFILL: Governor, are you interested in defending Sen. McCain’s health care plan?
PALIN: I am because he’s got a good health care plan that is detailed. And I want to give you a couple details on that. He’s proposing a $5,000 tax credit for families so that they can get out there and they can purchase their own health care coverage…That doesn’t cost the government anything as opposed to Barack Obama’s plan to mandate health care coverage and have universal government run program (country doc note: see post ‘Socialized Medicine is Here’ )…And he (McCain) also wants to erase those artificial lines between states so that through competition, we can cross state lines and if there’s a better plan offered somewhere else, we would be able to purchase that…
BIDEN: …Do you know how John McCain pays for his $5,000 tax credit you’re going to get, a family will get? He taxes as income every one of you out there, every one of you listening who has a health care plan through your employer…That’s how he raises $3.6 trillion, on your — taxing your health care benefit to give you a $5,000 plan, which his Web site points out will go straight to the insurance company…You’re going to have to pay — replace a $12,000 plan, because 20 million of you are going to be dropped. Twenty million of you will be dropped.
So you’re going to have to place — replace a $12,000 plan with a $5,000 check you just give to the insurance company. I call that the “Ultimate Bridge to Nowhere.”
The ”Ultimate Bridge to Nowhere,” he-he, that was the line of the night for me.