Let ’em eat cake? Hell, let ’em hope the rich people left some crumbs!

From Brent Budowsly at THE HILL:

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) wins the award for why Republican favorable numbers on healthcare are barely above 20 percent. Mr. Cantor was recently asked what a woman with stomach cancer should do if she did not have the insurance to pay huge medical costs.

Here is the Cantor plan for middle-income Americans who may have lost their health insurance after being laid off by a company whose CEO might be making a million dollars a year. First, she should sell all of her lifetime possessions to desperately pay humongous medical costs, with the side benefit that this would make her poor, and therefore qualify for health programs for the poor that many Republicans don’t support. If this fails, Mr. Cantor advises the woman to do this: beg.

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The Cantor Plan envisions a middle-class woman made poor by layoffs, cancer and skyrocketing healthcare costs begging for charity as a last resort.


Would Mr. Cantor advise this woman to fall to her knees and beg? Or would he merely have her write a tearful letter pleading and begging for help as she fights valiantly to defeat an illness that could be terminal?


Since Mr. Cantor is such an admirer of healthcare programs that help the poor, I invite him to join us in supporting the public option in the healthcare bill.

Let’s remember, the healthcare crisis is not only about the poor, it is about the middle- and working-class victims of a savage economy who get laid off, lose healthcare benefits and become poor.

Mr. Cantor presumably likes poor people, because the Cantor Plan will create more of them from the ranks of the middle class.

Instead of suggesting middle-class Americans sell their possessions to become poor, and beg for charity, I propose we enact a public option for those who are not protected by insurers, healthcare firms or Republican leaders in Congress.

You can watch the edited version or the entire “public square” hosted by The Richmond Times Dispatch where Little Eric made his remarks here and read excellent commentary by Yobie Benjamin. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) was the other guest.


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31 responses to “Let ’em eat cake? Hell, let ’em hope the rich people left some crumbs!

  1. I can’t bear to watch it– but how awful. Remnds me of Bush when one woman said she was having to work 3 jobs to make ends meet, Bush said. that was “uniquely American”.


    Sell your possessions & beg?

    No Nobel Humanity awards for Cantor anytime soon…. more like a special place in hell.

    • how about when babs bush said how things were working out so well for the people in new orleans during katrina? they were underprivileged, so what’s the big deal if they lost everything?

      • Babs said they were “better off” in the Astrodome… (as the roof shingles ripped off, the toilets overflowed, and they did not have drinking water!).

        Crusty Dick Cheney commented that Gitmo prisoners had all they needed- KFC chicken, room & board- on a tropical island.
        Ohhh how I wish he was afforded the same privilege.

  2. jacksmith

    ATTENTION!! Congress Has The Votes Needed To Pass A Public Option – TODAY http://bit.ly/TCq7O

    Why A Strong Public Option Is Essential – By jacksmith – Working Class

    Robert Reich explains the pubic option: http://bit.ly/dDYSJ

    Hollywood Supports The Public Option 🙂 http://bit.ly/3XLwPi

    It’s not just because more than two thirds of the American people want a single payer health care system. And if they cant have a single payer system 77% of all Americans want a strong government-run public option on day one (86% of democrats, 75% of independents, and 72% republicans). Basically everyone.

    It’s not just because according to a new AARP POLL: 86 percent of seniors want universal healthcare security for All, including 93% of Democrats, 87% of Independents, and 78% of Republicans. With 79% of seniors supporting creating a new strong Government-run public option plan, available immediately. Including 89% of Democrats, 80% of Independents, and 61% of Republicans, STUNNING!!

    It’s not just because it will lower cost. Because a strong public option will dramatically lower cost for everyone. And dramatically improved the quality of care everyone receives in America and around the World. Rich, middle class, and poor a like.

    It’s not just because it will save trillions of dollars and prevent the needless deaths of millions more of YOU, caused by a rush to profit by the DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX!

    It’s not just because every expert in every field, including economist, and Nobel laureates all agree that free market based healthcare systems don’t work. Never have and never will. The US has the only truly free market based healthcare system in the World. And as you all know now, IT IS A DISASTER!

    It’s not just because providing or denying medically necessary care for profit motivations is wrong. Because it is WRONG! It’s professionally, ethically, and morally REPUGNANT!, Animalistic, VILE and EVIL.


    The public option is ESSENTIAL because over 200 million of you are trapped in the forest of the wolves. Which is the forest of the DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX! With no way out except through needless inhumane suffering, and DEATH. While the wolves tear at your flesh, and rip you limb from lib. Then feast on your lifeless bodies like a dead carcase for transplant parts.

    At the most vulnerable times of your lives (when you were sick and hurting), millions of you have had to fight and loose cruel, but heroic battles. Fighting against the big guns of the DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX! in the forest of the wolves. All because you have no place else to go. You have no other CHOICE!

    But the PUBLIC OPTION will give you someplace safe to go. And it will give us someplace safe to take you. The public option will be your refugium (your refuge). Where the wolves cannot get at you when your down, hurting, and vulnerable. Where everyone who needs it can find rest, security, comfort and the care they need. Protected by the BIG GUNS of We The People Of The United States. THE MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE AND COUNTRY ON EARTH.

    This is why it is so critical that we do not lead another 50 million vulnerable, uninsured Americans into the forest of the wolves, without the protections of a Strong Government-run public option. We The People Of The United States MUST NOT LET THAT HAPPEN to any more of our fellow Americans. If healthcare reform does not contain a strong public option on day one. YOU MUST! KILL IT. Or you will do far more harm than good. And millions more will die needlessly. Rich, middle class, and poor a like.

    To those who would continue to obstruct good and true healthcare reform for the American people, and who seek to trap millions more vulnerable Americans in the forest of the wolves. We will continue to fight you. We are prepared to wage all out war against you, and will eagerly DESTROY! you. Time…is…UP! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! No Co-op’s! No Triggers! NO INDIVIDUAL MANDATES! without a Strong public option on day one.

    Healthcare reform can be the GREATEST! Accomplishment of our time and century. A time when future generations may say of us, that we were all, AMERICAS GREATEST GENERATIONS.


    I therefore call on all my fellow Americans and the peoples of the World. To join us in this fight so that we may finish becoming the better America that we aspire to be for everyone.


    I have been privileged to be witness as many of you fought, and struggled to take your first breath, and your last breath on this earth. Rich, middle class, and poor a like. Life is precious.

    Whatever the cost. WE! MUST SUCCEED.

    God Bless You My Fellow Human Beings

    jacksmith – Working Class

    Things You Can Do To Help NOW! http://www.everydaycitizen.com/2009/09/tired_of_watching_people_die_n.html

    No Triggers! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-rosenbaum/a-trigger-for-the-public_b_277910.html

    Triggers http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-sirota/weve-seen-these-triggers_b_283583.html

    Krugman on heathcare (http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/25/why-markets-cant-cure-healthcare/)

    Senator Bernie Sanders on healthcare (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSM8t_cLZgk&feature=player_embedded)

    John Garamendi on the Public Option and the Grassroots: http://bit.ly/TJMty

    Howard Dean on the Public Option http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SKfW2dUnow&feature=player_embedded

    We’re Number 37! in quality of health care http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVgOl3cETb4&feature=player_embedded

    Twitter search (#welovethenhs #NHS #hc09 #hcr #healthcar #obama #p2 #topprog #) Check it out.

  3. My baby brother, in his mid-forties, lost his job last year, lost his house, all his savings, still hasn’t been able to find a job, even at Walmart. He’s got an MBA, has years of management experience, all of which seems to be working against him. He’s got a daughter in college, one in her senior year in HS, and a son who’s turning 16. His wife, has found a couple of jobs, but they have ended soon after because of layoffs or closings. The only thing that has kept a roof over their heads, barely, has been intermittent contractual jobs. They gave up health insurance months ago. It’s very scary and we all just pray that something pulls through SOON!

    • So sorry to hear it. What seems like a secure situation can fall apart rather quickly.

      Another part that scares me is the programs of the past– pensions & option to keep health care benefits post employment.

      It all turned to “at will” employment- can be fired at any time for no reason at all. The only benefits packages were 401k’s & much of that disappeared in the Wall Street meltdown. Lots of people lost 1/3 to 1/2 of their life’s/retirement savings.

      This next wave of retirees will be a whole different financial reality– save a few CEO’s who have golden parachutes…. unless their companies go belly up, and then they can join the ranks of the screwed.

      • retirement is going to look a lot different for the next wave of retirees, but it’s also a lot different for a lot of the present retirees. they thought they’d be secure in their golden years, but they’re struggling financially, too.

    • my sister has been out of work for months after 13 years at her job. my son’s last day at his job was last week. it seems like all you can do is cross your fingers and hope disaster doesn’t hit.

  4. How many “Let them eat cake” moments have the Republicans given us over Health Care alone?

    • how many did we already have over katrina? they are such a selfish, self-centered bunch. they’re also the first ones to put their hands out when they get hit with a disaster though.

    • Heck, I’ve lost a real-life friend over the health care debate. He was mocking the “nobody should go bankrupt over health care” line by saying “I don’t think anyone should go bankrupt for buying too many Red Sox caps.” I pointed out that they’re not quite the same thing … one thing led to another, I questioned how he could call himself pro-life while being content to let people die for not being rich (his employer, by the way, pays his full insurance premium).

      I might have said something about the sheep and goats story Jesus told …

      Anyway, he’s not speaking to me anymore. Oh, well.

      • it’s astounding to me how unsympathetic people can be. it’s not like we’re talking about big-screen tvs. most people who don’t have decent health insurance are not deadbeats. they don’t have it, because it is unaffordable, or they do have insurance, but it doesn’t cover anything once the policyholder gets really sick. how people can just stand by and not care that his neighbor or someone’s baby might die, because health care is not affordable is beyond me. why is a baby born to rich people more entitled to excellent medical care than a baby born into a less fortunate family?

        i think it’s his loss, wickle, not yours.

  5. WHEN is america going to learn that the GOP hates people who are not them, who are not rich and who are not “classed”

    i have ALWAYS said that eric cantor is the king asshole on the hill – and he is. he is the only jewish republican in congress (well lieberman can qualify) and an embarrassment to Jews everywhere

    why isnt the media all over this -= because they tacitly endorse what cantor is saying.

    Congress-asshole Lynn Jenkins laughed at someone without insurance

  6. Sue

    I have always said the same thing about repugs, they hate those “beneath them”.
    Hope it was ok to copy the comment from jack smith and post it, it has alot of good ranting!!

    • i can’t speak for jack smith, but he’s posted the same rant at several other sites, so i doubt he would object to your posting it elsewhere. he’s posted his rants here before, and they are always good.

  7. I wish he was really a cantor instead of a senator.

    • oy! like we don’t have enough problems already? i wish he was a newspaper delivery boy instead of a rep in congress.

      • Is it wrong that I sort of wish he was a homeless person instead of a member of Congress?

        • i’ve always thought that each member of congress should be forced to live on the average salary of his/her constituents. they should have to pay all their bills with just that money. no perks, no other income. then they’d finally understand what it’s like for the unwashed masses.

          • Once upon a time, I wanted Congress to be unpaid, but I’ve since realized that that would limit us to being ruled by those who could afford to go unpaid.

            What I would like to see is them lose the status and privileges — the staff, vehicles, junkets, etc.. That’s what keeps aristocrats interested. I’d like to see more people in Congress who are actually used to working. Rather than a lawyer from a farm state being the expert on agriculture, how about (gasp!) a farmer? Just this wacky thought …

            • i think the best way to figure out which candidates will do well when they’re in office is to give them all the same amount of money and make them stay within that budget while running for office. once they’re sworn in, give them dormitory-style housing and make them report every party they go to, every gift they receive. the lack of money shouldn’t preclude anyone from running for office, and a seat in congress or state capitols or even city councils should not mean unlimited travel at taxpayers’ expense or non-stop parties.

              • Dorm style is a great idea! To real civil servants from “real America,” that would be no problem.

                To the rich and powerful who just want to be able to introduce themselves as “Congressman,” it won’t be … but that’s not a bad thing.

                Not only should they have to report all of that stuff, I think that it should go out in a mailing to every constituent annually or so. Power of incumbency, meet full disclosure.

                And, yes, there should be a ban on parties that are clearly hosted by interested parties to schmooze. (Not sure how to word that legislation.)

                It’s one thing that we have a right to petition the government for redress of grievances. It’s another for billion-dollar corporations to fly representatives to Aspen and serve them champagne.

                Then again, I also think that contributors should be completely disclosed at the polling places. I should be able to flip through a book and see how much of a candidate’s money came from which corporations or which fat cats, and how much came from little guys.

                • we’ll call it the wickle/nonnie bill. which rep do you think will be first to sign on to it?

                  • I scoffed the first time I read this, but then I thought about it … I think that maybe Ron Paul and/or Dennis Kucinich could do it.

                    Unfortunately, they’re both considered fruit loops by their parties (in the Rep’s defense, Paul is sort of a fruit loop).

                    Actually, back on NH primary day, I had a great conversation with the two Kucinich sign holders at the polling place. That was shortly before I took their picture posing with Mike Huckabee, but that’s a different story.

  8. BTW, nonnie, what a delightful blog you have! Love it.

    • thank you, elizabeth. you are very sweet. i hope you’ll consider being a raisinette. the only qualification is that you visit and comment once in a while. 😉

  9. Oh, I’m totally a raisinette, nonnie; already added your blog to my blogroll.

    My earlier comment did not register for some reason (computer freeze, I suspect) — thus BTW in the comment above, which does not make sense on its own.

    What I said in it was that your post has made me laugh MAO. (Not earth-shaking news, but worth sharing, or so I thought. 🙂

    • we are all very happy to have you in the raisinette ranks. the movie posters and other nonsense are just my sneaky way of getting some of the funniest and smartest and snarkiest people on the internets to leave comments here.

      just one more thing, elizabeth. no, 2 more things. 1. thanks so much for adding the raisin to your blogroll. 😀 2. if you’d like, you can reply directly to any of the comments by clicking where it says Reply in blue under each one. that will nest your comment directly under the comment you’re replying to instead of tacking it on at the bottom.