For political drama, there’s always Florida.
A 65-year-old man cheering healthcare reform in Miami was punched in the face and knocked to the ground by an opponent of a public health plan, according to a reporter at the scene. The rally took place outside a Great Miami Chamber of Commerce event where Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL – below right) was speaking.
“Luis Perrero of Coral Gables was standing among about 40 Democratic activists and union workers when a man in a Ford pick-up truck pulled up to the rally at Jungle Island and began arguing with the crowd,” the Herald’s Tolouse Oloronippa blogged Wednesday. “The man, who only gave his first name as Raul, said Perrero called him a Spanish curse word. He punched Perrero in the face. Perrero fell to the ground and lay motionless for a few minutes.”
“I’m amazed the way this has become such a politicized issue,” Perrero told Oloronippa. “It shows that people who are against the public option will resort to anything, including battery on a senior citizen to prevent healthcare reform.”
“It was totally uncalled for,” Wilhelmina Ford, another public healthcare supporter quipped. “The guy may have had words with him but he didn’t have to hit him in the face.”
Nelson, a conservative Democrat, has signaled his opposition to a public health plan. On Sunday, he said that healthcare reform would pass in some form — but without a public option, which would allow the federal government to compete with private health insurers on price and likely drive down costs.
“The public option is only one of hundreds of issues concerned with health care reform,” Nelson quipped. “Public option means different things to different people. Some people think of it as socialized medicine, but that type is not and has not ever been considered.”
“Any public option will not pass,” he added.
See the post below this one for my feelings toward all this violent bullshit surrounding the so called “health care debate,” but hey at least no one lost a finger.