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TPM: In Health Debate Sen. Ensign Makes Bizarre "Guns and Cars" Argument From "Death Panels" Author McCaughey

At TPM, Rachel Slajda reports:

Earlier today, Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) claimed that the U.S. health care system is just fine -- if you don't count injuries from gunshots and car accidents.

"Are you aware that if you take out gun accidents and auto accidents, that the United States actually is better than those other countries?" Ensign said during Senate Finance Committee debate over the public option. ("Those other countries" included France, Germany, Japan and Canada.)

Slajda's colleague Brian Beutler traced the odd claim to Betsy "Death Panels" McCaughey, appearing on The Daily Show last month.