On the floor of the U.S. Senate, one seldom hears the words, "distinguished" and "barf" used in the same sentence. But this past week, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) pulled it off.
The "distinguished" part refers to Hatch's colleague on the opposite side of the aisle, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The "barf" part refers to the effect Hatch claims the Democratic healthcare reform bill has on him.
And to think the "barf" line is now enshrined in the official Congressional record.
Funny, but there's apparently no record of Hatch expressing any similar sense of being upset about the fact that more than 45 million Americans without health insurance -- including nearly half a million in Hatch's home state.
No word on Hatch being upset, gastrically or otherwise, that 45,000 Americans die prematurely every year due to lack of health insurance.
Or that he finally found it sickening that of those 45,000 deaths due to lack of health insurance in his country, fully a thousand are children.
Orrin Hatch apparently has a healthier stomach than he lets on.
I suppose that makes up for his shriveled-up heart.