This is despite Wilson's voting down of an appropriations bill that contained special funding to battle H1N1.
WILSON'S H1N1 ATTACK.... Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) -- you know, the "you lie" heckler -- has some interesting thoughts on the public health emergency posed by the H1N1 flu virus. Naturally, he blames President Obama, not for the virus, but for the scarcity of the vaccine.
"The current administration is solely responsible. They can't blame this on any prior administration," Wilson said. "This is the responsibility of the current administration. They've put the lives of Americans at risk."
Putting aside the fact that no one has tried to blame Bush/Cheney for a flu virus, Wilson was a little vague as to how the president and his team put American lives at risk. He can't point to anything in particular -- probably because the administration has done everything it could to this point -- but Wilson still insists the White House is "solely responsible" for the problem. Just because.
Of course, the criticism does offer Dems an opportunity to take a closer look at Wilson's record on the same subject.
In a release issued on Thursday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee claimed that any criticism of H1N1 policy by the GOP would amount to hypocrisy.
The DCCC pointed to a June vote on a supplementary appropriations bill as evidence. Wilson joined 95% of Republicans and voted against the bill, which contained special funding to combat H1N1 both domestically and internationally. But the bill also contained other much more money for other plans and programs Republicans at the time viewed as wasteful, including the Cash-For-Clunkers car purchase incentive program.
Still, the DCCC says that a vote against the bill essentially equaled a vote against combating H1N1 and means Republicans who voted against it like Wilson favored a public health program that would have resulted in even less vaccine than is available now.
"The families, schools, and businesses fighting against the H1N1 flu pandemic deserve better than House Republicans' reckless, knee jerk partisanship and just-say-no approach to helping prepare for this national emergency," DCCC spokesperson Ryan Rudominer said in a statement released Oct. 27.
Here's guessing Wilson hadn't remembered this vote when he decided to describe Obama as "solely responsible" for the problem.
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Major recipient of health industry largesse, this isn't Rep. Joe Wilson's first bizarre outburst -- he once accused a fellow congressmember of "outrageous" "hatred of America."
During President Obama’s address on health insurance reform to a joint session of Congress last night, he observed that some people have been spreading bad information about his proposal — and that contrary to what’s been said it would not cover illegal immigrants.
At that point the president was interrupted by Rep. Addison Graves “Joe” Wilson (right), a Republican from South Carolina.
“You lie!” Wilson shouted from the crowd.
Obama paused for a moment before continuing his address as Wilson’s colleagues looked on in shock following the breach of protocol.
Whether because of his outspokenness or in spite of it, Wilson is a major recipient of contributions from the health care industry.
In fact, over his entire congressional career, health professionals represent Wilson’s top industry contributors, donating a total of $244,196 to his campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics OpenSecrets.org database. He received another $86,150 from pharmaceutical companies, $73,050 from insurance companies and $68,000 from hospitals and nursing homes.
Among Wilson’s top contributors are the American Hospital Association, a lobby group that represents the interests of hospitals and health networks, and the American Medical Association, which represents physicians.
During a post-speech interview with CNN’s Larry King, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Wilson should apologize, calling his behavior “totally disrespectful.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told the New York Times that Wilson’s behavior was “not appropriate.”
Wilson’s office later issued an apology for the outburst:
“This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the president’s remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill. While I disagree with the president’s statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the president for this lack of civility.”
It was not the first time Wilson — attorney, U.S. Army vet and former aide to U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond — has raised eyebrows by shouting at political opponents.
Seven years ago this month, the then-freshman Wilson appeared on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” with five-term Congressman Bob Filner (D-Calif.) to discuss whether to go to war in Iraq, action that Filner opposed but Wilson supported. In the course of the discussion, Filner noted that the U.S. supplied weapons to Saddam Hussein’s regime during the Iran-Iraq War — a fact revealed by the investigation into the Iran-Contra Affair, which discovered the Reagan administration secretly sold weapons to Iran, then under an arms embargo, to win support for freeing U.S. hostages in Lebanon and to fund the Nicaraguan contras, a counterrevolutionary rebel force that was fighting the country’s government.
“That is wrong. That’s made up,” Wilson fired back. “I can’t believe you would say something like that.”
When Filner calmly held his ground, advising Wilson to read newspaper reports and other documentation, the Republican erupted: “This hatred of America by some people is just outrageous. And you need to get over that.”
As moderator Connie Brod sat by helplessly, Filner challenged: “Hatred of America? . . . Are you accusing me?”
“Yes!” Wilson shouted. For good measure, over the next minute Wilson accused Filner of harboring “hatred of America” four more times, of being “hateful” three times and of being “viscerally anti-American” once. Filner responded, “This is not worth replying to,” and Brod finally regained control of the discussion by taking viewer phone calls.
NOW, THE WHOLE REALLY SAD SITUATION OF THIS WHOLE OUTRAGEOUS OUTBURST IS THAT PEOPLE OFTEN SAY THINGS OUT OF EMOTION, (WHETHER THAT BE HATE, DISDAIN, FEAR, OR SOME OTHER SELFISH MOTIVE. BUT I THINK IT'S CLEAR WHAT JOE WILSON'S MOTIVE WAS FOR DOING WHAT HE DID AND THAT HE WAS SO PIGHEADED THAT HE DIDN'T REALIZE THAT HIS COLDNESS BY NOT VOTING FOR THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL FOR H1N1 JUST MIGHT HAVE AN EFFECT ON HIS OWN HEALTH OR THE HEALTH OF HIS FAMILY MEMBERS.
IT'S BEEN REPORTED ON THE NEWS THAT MRS. WILSON (JOE'S WIFE) HAS CONTRACTED THE H1N1 FLU. HOW AWFUL THE WHOLE SITUATION HAS TURNED OUT FOR EVERY ONE OF US. I DO WISH HIS WIFE A SPEEDY RECOVERY, BUT BLAMING OBAMA FOR PUTTING THE PUBLIC AT RISK WHEN YOU VOTED DOWN AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL FOR H1N1 FLU VACINE MUST HAVE SLIPPED JOE'S POOR MIND!!!
FRIENDS, I AM RESENDING THIS PETITION TO EVERYBODY IN MY FRIENDS SHARELIST BECAUSE IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT OUR VOICES ARE HEARD ON THIS ISSUE. WE NEED REAL REFORM IN OUR COUNTRY'S PRISON HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS, AND ONE OF OUR OWN CARE2 MEMBERS NEEDS YOUR HELP TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT. GREAT HEADWAY HAS BEEN MADE, BUT WE NEED TO KEEP UP THE GOOD FIGHT FOR THE RIGHTS OF PRISONERS TO SEEK AND RECEIVE ADEQUATE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.
Published: November 14. 2006 3:00AM Michigan NEGLECT IN CUSTODY: Fix prison health care now, judge says ....
He rips some state workers for deaths
Referring to Timothy Joe Souders, the 21-year-old who died in August in an isolated cell in Jackson as "T.S.," the judge wrote: "God bless T.S. and the others." Their lives "were short, but their legacies may be long."
Enslen is enforcing federal oversight of the Jackson facilities established under the Hadix case, a civil rights class-action, brought by prisoners in 1980 to correct conditions that ultimately led to prison disturbances. It is named after one of the plaintiffs, Everett Hadix. The suit led to a consent judgment against the state Department of Corrections.
"This is an extraordinarily important decision," Elizabeth Alexander of the ACLU National Prison Project said of Enslen's 39-page opinion. She is one of three lawyers who represented prisoners in the long-running lawsuit against the corrections department for allegedly abusing prisoners' constitutional rights.
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