Senator Jon Kyl, (R-AZ) snapped "I don't need maternity care. Requiring that in my insurance policy is something I don't need and will make my policy more expensive."
Ms. Stabenow quickly rejoined that Kyl's mother at one point obviouslydid need such coverage but he just shrugged.
It was such a perfect illustration of the conservative mindset.
I don't need it so you can't have it.
I have it, you don't, and I plan to keep it that way.
And most apparent in recent months -- Why should you get it if I don't.
This conservative selfishness has evidenced itself over and over -- at tea party protests, in August town meetings, and in public opinion poll after public opinion poll.
It is in the words of the little old lady who has Medicare (perhaps having done nothing on her own to earn it) but is rabidly opposed to the public option. It is in the faces of the militants with their nasty signs and racial slurs who marched in Washington on September 12 and have marched twice in my town in the last months, and from the podiums where back-bench members of Congress scream "Socialist" and rail about "income redistribution."