For Howard Dean, that clip [which ended is political career] is something he’d like to soon forget, but for others, it’s a classic moment that will be used against him for years to come. Take for example the latest exchange between Dean and Rep. Phil Gingrey, who are both physicians. [The Hill]
It all started earlier this week when physician-turned-Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) said he had recently read that Dean’s wife, Dr. “Elizabeth” Steinberg, was no longer taking Medicaid patients because the government reimbursement rates are too low.
Dean fired back on Wednesday, saying, “Dr. Gingrey is just plain wrong. He’s an embarrassment. First of all, my wife is not named Elizabeth, as her name is Judith. Second of all, she does accept Medicaid patients, so this fellow simply doesn’t know what he’s talking about. It’s a good thing he’s in Congress, because I’d hate to see what he’d do to patients.”
Gingrey, who’s known for witty comebacks, struck back with one of the best quotes we’ve seen in a long time:
Under socialized medicine, patients will suffer … they’re going to suffer in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico, and they’re going to suffer in California and Texas and New York. And they’ll suffer in South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and Michigan … and then they’ll suffer in Washington D.C. Byah !”
Game. Set. Match.