Limbaugh on the uninsured: ‘let them eat applesauce!’

In case you’ve gotten confused on where conservatives stand on healthcare, Rush is here to clarify things for you, and his little friends, too. Responding to Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter’s sad story during the healthcare summit about a constituent who was forced to use her deceased sister’s dentures because she didn’t have insurance with which to get her own, here’s what the wingers had to say:

RUSH LIMBAUGH:

You know I’m getting so many people — this Louise Slaughter comment on the dentures? I’m getting so many people — this is big. I mean, that gets a one-time mention for a laugh, but there are people out there that think this is huge because it’s so stupid. I mean, for example, well, what’s wrong with using a dead person’s teeth? Aren’t the Democrats big into recycling? Save the planet? And so what? So if you don’t have any teeth, so what? What’s applesauce for? Isn’t that why they make applesauce? (full transcript here.)

Limbaugh also told a suspiciously detailed story about “a guy in his neighborhood” who wears dresses, but I’d hate to speculate … and as Media Matters points out:

Limbaugh previously told a caller who could not afford the $6,000 it would cost to treat a broken wrist that he “shouldn’t have broken [his] wrist.”

As for Limbaugh’s fellow travelers:

GLENN BECK:

On his February 26 radio show, Glenn Beck played an audio clip of Slaughter’s account then said, “I am wearing George Washington’s dentures right now. I’m wearing his teeth right now.” He later added, “I just like wearing dead people’s teeth. But in America — I’m sorry, I didn’t know that that was — I’ve read the Constitution before. I didn’t see that you had a right to teeth.” Echoing Limbaugh’s remarks the previous day, Beck stated, “The environmentalists should be all over Slaughter. ‘How dare you say that?’ My gosh, they’re just recycling. They’re just reusing.”

Beck sidekick uses baby voice to mock letters Obama receives. On Beck’s February 25 radio show, co-host Steve “Stu” Burguiere stated that Obama “gets 10 letters, Glenn, every night.” Co-host Pat Gray asked, “From 2-year-old girls?” Then, one of the co-hosts started speaking in a baby’s voice: “I have no health care, Mr. Pwesident, and I have no feet and no tonsils because doctors took ‘em out.”

And then there’s someone who’s damned lucky to be able to afford good healthcare:

LAURA INGRAHAM:

On Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, radio host Laura Ingraham said she “liked the dueling sob stories, OK? One Democrat was trying to outdo the next on the sob story about how rotten our health care system is. Louise Slaughter won the Olympics of sob stories by saying one of her constituents had to wear her sister’s dentures. OK? It got so bad with the health care system.” She later added, “You had Harry Reid on the cleft palate with his — I mean, the whole thing was ridiculous.”

Well, there you go.

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