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Old 10 August 2009, 09:15 PM
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Comment: I have now heard this story from several sources. This one is
from a Paul Krugman column "Like Your Private Health Care?":

Krugman wrote: "At a recent town hall meeting, a man stood up and told
Representative Bob Inglis to "keep your government hands off my Medicare."
The congressman, a Republican from South Carolina, tried to explain that
Medicare is already a government program -- but the voter, Mr. Inglis
said, "wasn't having any of it." It's a funny story -- but it illustrates
the extent to which health reform must climb a wall of misinformation."
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Old 10 August 2009, 09:18 PM
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Well, Krugman did write that.

Doesn't necessarily mean the story is totally true, though.

This article quotes Inglis himself on the matter.
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Old 10 August 2009, 10:43 PM
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Well, Krugman did write that.

Doesn't necessarily mean the story is totally true, though.

This article quotes Inglis himself on the matter.
I went to your link and here's what I found:

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At a recent town-hall meeting in suburban Simpsonville, a man stood up and told Rep. Robert Inglis (R-S.C.) to "keep your government hands off my Medicare."

"I had to politely explain that, 'Actually, sir, your health care is being provided by the government,' " Inglis recalled. "But he wasn't having any of it."
I'm not seeing the difference. Can you explain what you mean?
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Old 10 August 2009, 10:53 PM
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I went to your link and here's what I found:



I'm not seeing the difference. Can you explain what you mean?
Not much of a difference, but the first is written by Krugman, a columnist, the source of the exact quote in the OP. The second quotes a longer section directly from Inglis, who was the one who actually had the remark addressed at him.
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Old 10 August 2009, 10:56 PM
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Not much of a difference, but the first is written by Krugman, a columnist, the source of the exact quote in the OP. The second quotes a longer section directly from Inglis, who was the one who actually had the remark addressed at him.
Okay. I guess I took your first post to mean that Krugman wasn't being entirely truthful about the quote, so I was confused.
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Old 10 August 2009, 10:58 PM
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Okay. I guess I took your first post to mean that Krugman wasn't being entirely truthful about the quote, so I was confused.
Well, he could have been relaying an anecdote third-hand in a misleading way, even unintentionally. But the presence of the corroborating second article, with the longer direct quote from the eyewitness Inglis, reduces the likelihood of that.
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Rep. Inglis hosted a town-hall meeting in Simpsonville on June 29. Presumably this is the meeting where the (alleged) comment was made. However, I haven't yet found any news reports about this meeting. The only source we seem to have for the comment is Inglis himself, as told to the Washington Post. It may have happened, but it seems odd that nobody else at that meeting has publicly reported it, as far as I can tell.
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