ANGLE TAKES BOLD STAND AGAINST FAMILY HEALTH CARE…. When it comes to reform proposals and the health care system, some ideas are obviously more popular than others. For politicians, then, it makes sense to castigate provisions that don’t poll well.

Sharron Angle (R), the extremist Senate candidate in Nevada, however, is inclined to rail against ideas that enjoy broad, bipartisan support. In this video, we see the Republican nominee at a Tea Party event, complaining about families receiving too much coverage, and demanding that policymakers “take off the mandates” that expand what treatments will be covered.

“[Y]ou know what I’m talking about,” Angle said. “You’re paying for things that you don’t even need. They just passed the latest one, is every, everything that they want to throw at us now is covered under ‘autism.’ So that’s a mandate that you have to pay for. How about maternity leave? I’m not gonna have any more babies, but I sure get to pay for it on my insurance. Those are the kinds of things that we want to get rid of.”

So, vote for Angle, so health insurance coverage won’t cover autism and maternity leave?

If you watch the clip, also note that Angle uses air quotes around the word “autism,” though I don’t know why.

In a statement, Reid campaign spokesperson Kelly Steele said, “Sharron Angle’s extreme and dangerous agenda for Nevada has included some exceptionally callous rhetoric, including calling out-of-work Nevadans ‘spoiled’ by unemployment benefits and saying that rape victims should ‘make lemons into lemonade’ by having their attacker’s child, but mocking those suffering with autism — and in fact scapegoating their coverage for our nation’s current health care woes — is exceptionally cruel and represents a new low, even for Sharron Angle.”

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.