2 By Floor: Dems Claim High Death Toll With Healthcare Bill

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Healthcare reform was debated in the Senate this week, and after the recent politically motivated shootings at GOP members in Alexandria, Va., you might expect the Democrats to tone down their rhetoric.

You would be wrong.

“But if it were to pass, many thousands of our fellow Americans every single year,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said on the Senate Floor Tuesday.

“People will die,” echoed Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) that same day.

In truth, a healthcare reform bill from Washington is rarely cited as a cause of death on autopsy reports.

In fact the most recent Bill from Washington that killed anything, happened during the Clinton administration and it only killed an interns’ reputation.

One measure the House debated, did invoke someone that was actually killed, Kate Steinle, murdered by an illegal immigrant who re-entered the country after deportation.

A measure that bears her name, “Kate’s Law” passed the House this week. It would enforce stricter penalties on those that re-enter the country illegally.

But to Rep. Luis Gutirerrez, (D-Ill.) the measure is just about hate.

“Healthcare not going well? Let’s just hate some Mexicans today,” Gutierrez said on the House floor when discussing the measure.

The word ‘Mexican’ actually never appears in the bill, but it might be a bit much to ask Gutierrez to read it.

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