Blog | Monday, January 10, 2011

QD: News Every Day--Health vote delayed in the wake of legislator's shooting


The shooting of U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords prompted the House to indefinitely delay Wednesday's scheduled vote to repeal health care reform. It's also shocked many lawmakers into asking to tone down the rhetoric surrounding health care reform--and just about any issue.

Opponents to health care reform started angry confrontations during town hall debates last year, some of which erupted into violence. Opponents pegged physicians counseling their patients about end-of-life issues as "death panels." That tone continued even after health reform's passage.

Prophetically, Rep. Giffords herself had criticized the angry tone and violent imagery tone last year, while Sarah Palin had drawn cross hairs across Rep. Gifford's district in her attacks on health reform.