One of the rhetorically great classic blunders reminds us never to bring a knife to a gun fight (see also The Untouchables).
Yesterday in an Oregon House committee, that's exactly what Rep. Jim Weidner (R-McMinnville) did.
For this current special session, Weidner introduced HB 3603, which repeals a 1% tax on insurance premiums. This tax, incidentally, funds the Healthy Kids program which gives access to health coverage for 80,000 Oregon kids who could otherwise not afford it.
In doing the cost-benefit analysis, it seems Weidner and the rest of the Oregon Republicans didn't consider that it might be vastly more expensive in the long run for Oregonians to pay for uninsured kids' health costs. Or at least, nobody in the Caucus remembered to mention it to poor Weidner so he could have written some notes on his hand, at least.
During the committee hearing, Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) reduces Weidner to a shivering pile of shifty-eyed goo simply by questioning him on how he would deal with the 80k kids kicked off of health insurance:
What's next for Weidner? Perhaps involvement in a land war in Asia?
This is the best that the GOP can do for McMinnville? Seriously?
Update:2:20PM: Kari posted right after I did on this topic, but pulled his. He had a very important piece of context in his post that deserves an addition here as well. Also noted by Sal Peralta in comments:One bit of information contained in Kari's post, but not Carla's is that Medicaid matches Healthy Kids to the tune of 70 cents on the dollar. IIRC, from his post, a $108 million tax generates an additional $220 million in federal matching funds. Like I said in the post, somebody on the GOP side is guilty of a massive cost-benefit analysis fail.