Clearly, a low point in the House debate on health care reform was the use of a random 7-month-old to channel the GOP's opposition to the measure which passed 220-215. Rep. John Shadegg, an Arizona Republican, hoisted baby Maddie up to a mircrophone (which she proceeded to fondle throughout "her" floor speech) and said:
Maddie likes America because we have freedom here and Maddie believes in patient choice health care. She has come here to say she doesn’t want government to take over health care. She wants to keep her plan.
For coverage of the rest of the House debate, see NPR's story.
And for an excellent piece on how to really overhaul health care, see David Leonhardt's profile of Intermountain Healthcare and its chief quality officer, Brent James, in the New York Times Magazine.
This program aired on November 8, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.