Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WATCH, ARCHIVES: Fmr. AZ Rep. John Shadegg's Baby-Holding Healthcare-Opposing Speech On House Floor

In light of yesterday's CBO ("Congressional Budget Office") report on the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Obamacare/Affordable Care Act, as well as its letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) about how much repealing the law would increase the budget deficit (and debt), here is a speech that lives on in people's memories from the Congressional debate.

In fact, former Arizona Rep. John Shadegg (R-retired) was featured on the Huffington Post's site yesterday, as the number one *video slide*(?) in the list of "Crazy Examples of Congressional Theatrics" (includes Democrats and Republicans).  While bouncing an infant up and down and rocking from side to side, Shadegg still managed to look at his notes and deliver his clever anti-healthcare reform mini-speech in the voice of the 7-month old Maddie.  It deserves another look:

Snippet:  "But most of all, Maddie says don't tax me to pay for healthcare that you guys want.  If you want healthcare, pay for it yourselves.  Because it's not fair to pass your healthcare bills on to me and my grandchildren."

Check out the comments after the applause for clever, dry quips from the guy controlling the gavel, and Democrat Henry Waxman (as the speaker who had to follow Shadegg).

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