RNC: Republicans will be denied healthcare

A mailer from the party suggests Democrats are planning to limit care by party registration

Published August 27, 2009 4:50PM (EDT)

Apparently the death panels myth wasn't enough for the Republican National Committee. They're apparently trying to start a whole new one -- now, it won't just be old people who will be refused care under Democratic healthcare plans, but all Republicans.

The RNC sent out a fundraising mailer recently. Couched as a survey, it contained one question that reads, "It has been suggested that the government could use voter registration to determine a person's political affiliation, prompting fears that GOP voters might be discriminated against for medical treatment in a Democrat-imposed health care rationing system. Does this possibly concern you?"

This would be laughable if it weren't so shameless, so irresponsible and so dirty.

But the RNC got caught out by one couple in Washington State who received the mailing and went to their local paper with it. It'd be nice to think that, post-exposure, the RNC would show  some sort of remorse and -- just maybe -- stop spreading this kind of thing. But given the attitude of RNC Chair Michael Steele in his interview with NPR Thursday morning, that seems very unlikely.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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