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How High's The Water, Mama?

5:51 PM, Jul 21, 2009 • By C.J. CIARAMELLA
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In a conference call today, several House Republicans blasted Obama's health care reform plan, specifically its effect on rural health care providers.

Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) said the plan will create "an economic tsunami in rural areas."

Fleming said rural areas were already losing hospitals and physicians due to disproportionate Medicare and Medicaid claims, a process Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) said would only be accelerated under the expansive government program.

Gingrey happens to be an OB-GYN who has delivered more than 5,000 babies. He said Obama's health care plan, instead of lowering costs, would add "something like $600 billion in additional taxes and literally wreck Medicare Advantage."

Gingrey likened the eventual rising costs of the program to the Johnny Cash tune, "How High's The Water, Mama?"

"Soon it gets too high," he said, "and then you have to start rationing and throwing people over."

Meanwhile, Republicans have been queued up all day on the floor of the House to give their one-minute denunciations of Obamacare, much to the consternation of Democrats, who must be feeling Obama's "fierce urgency."

(Obama is meeting today at the White House with a group of skeptical Blue Dog Democrats and, depending on whom you talk to, giving them a stern tongue-lashing or brokering some posh deals.)

On a side note, Fleming recently introduced a resolution, H.Res. 615, that would require any Congressman who votes for a government-run health care option to enroll in it, forgoing the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

Oddly, no Democrats have signed on to it.

C.J. Ciaramella is a Collegiate Network intern at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.