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Ken AshfordHealth Care, Race, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

The right's arguments against health care reform have been laughably false, or have been getting worn from overuse.  So now they've come up with another reason to hate health care reform.  You ready?

Health care reform is racist.

And why?  Because of the provision in the health care reform act that includes a 10 percent tax on indoor tanning salons to help pay for expanded insurance coverage for millions of Americans.

The reasoning goes like this: Who uses tanning salons?  White people.

All this prompted Radio host Doc Thompson, subbing in for Fox News host Glenn Beck on his radio show today, to utter the following:

For years I’ve suggested that racism was in decline and yeah, there are some, you know, incidents that still happen with regards to racism, but most of the claims I’ve said for years, well, they’re not really real. But I realize now that I was wrong. For I now too feel the pain of racism. Racism has been dropped at my front door and the front door of all lighter-skinned Americans. The health care bill the president just singed into law includes a 10 percent tax on all indoor tanning sessions starting July 1st, and I say, who uses tanning? Is it dark-skinned people? I don’t think so. I would guess that most tanning sessions are from light-skinned Americans. Why would the President of the United States of America — a man who says he understands racism, a man who has been confronted with racism — why would he sign such a racist law? Why would he agree to do that? Well now I feel the pain of racism.

Let's summarize the thinking at work here.

THIS is racism:


But racism is also paying $10 more for this:


Nice moral equivalence you have there.

And remember, what is NOT racist is yelling "nigger" at a black man, according to Bill Bennett.