Here are just a few of the outrageous quotes coming from the usual suspects: Republican politicians and their talking heads across the nation (don't laugh at these as millions of uninformed Americans will believe the statements):
Seniors and the disabled (SIC) "will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care."
Want to guess who made this statement? Why, it was our republican ex Vice Presidential candidate, the little pig with lipstick on her lips, that's right, Sarah Palin. Would you still vote for her now? If you're a registered republican, you probably would.
Try this one: The Democrat-backed health care reform plan "will require (Americans) to subsidize abortion with their hard-earned tax dollars." That was the well informed Republican leader in Congress John Boenher. More tax cuts please.
And this one: The health care reform plan would set limits similar to the "socialized" system in Britain, where people are allowed to die if their treatment would cost more than $22,000.. That was posted as a fact by the right wing "Club for Growth" website.
The lies and scare tactics go on and on and I haven't even quoted Rush yet. When will Americans who are so ill informed and quick to trust their Republican idols take a few minutes to check the facts. There are so many places to do so without having to read the entire 1000 plus page proposed legislation, like www.Politifacts.com , one of my favorites or www.factcheck.org .
In any event, we all know that the Republicans are anti change in any way shape or form unless it satisfies their elitist supporters who are mostly wealthy or at best, well off. What worries me are the millions of civil servants, government workers who enjoy the world's best healthcare programs at the expense of the rest of us. Were it not for their incredibly expensive coverage, there is the slimest of chances that healthcare could cost all of us a little less every year. So all of these people, liberals or conservatives, do not want to see any change to their healthcare status which makes real, hard hitting reform even less likely.
In the end, here's what I think will happen: Some sort of ineffective, watered down reform will pass, with some Republican support so that all politicians in Washington can return to their constituents and claim that they won by doing the right thing. Let's face it, it's not usually about doing the right thing that matters most to our politicians, it's doing the right thing in order to ensure reelection.
What do you think?
Monday, August 10, 2009
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