Barney Frank gets a high-altitude haranguing on health care

Mark Shanahan
The Boston Globe
April 12, 2010

Barney Frank has enemies, even 30,000 feet in the air.

Flying back to Boston from LA yesterday, the congressman was assailed by a pair of ophthalmologists upset about the health care reform bill. An argument ensued that prompted some passengers to wonder if the plane might be forced to land.

“No one was calming things down and people were standing up shouting,” said Brooke Sexton, who was seated seven rows behind Barney.

Accustomed as he is to being conservatives’s favorite bad guy, Frank mostly ignored the doctors’s taunts, Sexton said, but the congressman’s partner, Jim Ready, did not.

The problem started soon after the ophthalmologists – two sisters on their way to a conference in Boston – boarded the Virgin flight. When they discovered that Frank was sitting nearby, the women loudly dissed the landmark health care bill as an “Obamanation.” (Frank was returning from LA, where he’d received an award from the Greenlining Institute, an economic development group for minorities, and appeared on Jay Leno’s show.)

The article continues at The Boston Globe.

Updated 4/13 From Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit:

THIS SORT OF THING SHOULD HAPPEN MORE OFTEN: Barney Frank gets a high-altitude haranguing on health care. Two women ophthalmologists, whom Frank’s partner, Jim Ready, dismissed as “bitchy” — which really set them off. Frank got an earful. As far as I’m concerned, these guys shouldn’t be able to go anywhere without getting an earful. Luckily for Ready he’s the partner of a gay Democrat, because if he were a Republican that remark would have been sexist.

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