- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 19, 2009

In case you didn’t tune into The Washington Times’ nationally syndicated radio show “America’s Morning News” - heard in Washington on WTNT-AM 570 and coast-to-coast via the Talk Radio Network - here’s what just a few of Tuesday’s guests told co-hosts Melanie Morgan and John McCaslin:

• Pat Buchanan, syndicated columnist: The conservative pundit spoke of President Obama’s “unwinnable war” in Afghanistan and the “victory” by opponents of government-run health care, after the Senate agreed to remove the so-called “death panel” portion of the Democrats’ proposed health care reform package.

• Fraser Nelson, political editor of the Spectator magazine in Britain: Mr. Nelson said the U.S. does not need a health care system that mirrors Britain’s government-run National Health Service, citing examples of hundreds of thousands of patients who are typically refused treatment and medication.

• Jim Frogue, vice president and director of state policy at the Center for Health Transformation: Mr. Frogue commented on estimates that improper Medicare spending likely is costing taxpayers $60 billion per year. A 2009 Government Accountability Office report found that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued nearly $33 billion in improper payments during 2007 alone.

• Andy McCarthy, author of “Willful Blindness: Memoir of the Jihad”: If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, why shouldn’t the prospect of socialized medicine elicit comparisons to “national socialism?” Mr. McCarthy said.

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