Froma couple days ago, but has some insights into how lazy the media in general is being about the proposed health-care reform, Governor Palin’s Crazed Health Care Rant Blame the Washington Post
Using Governor Palin’s story, there may be mothers who are less wealthy than her who will be able to care for a baby with Down Syndrome or other serious affliction as a result of President Obama’s plan. These mothers might not otherwise have this option because they could not afford the health care. It is easy to see how President Obama’s plan can lead to life compared with the current situation. It’s virtually impossible to see how it leads to death.
The media have allowed the politicians to turn life into death and night into day when it comes to the health care debate because they decided that anything said against President Obama’s plan should be treated with respect, no matter how absurd it might be.
The line about rationing isn’t the only place where the media have fallen down on the job in the health care debate. Instead of telling us that the cost of the plan was “huge,” as the have often done, the media could have put the cost in a context that would make it understandable to people who are not policy wonks. They could have told us that the projected $1 trillion cost over the next decade is equal to about 0.5 percent of GDP, less than half of the cost of Iraq-Afghanistan wars at their peak.
There either is a death panel or there is not. There is either rationing health-care or there is not. Not all, but for the most part the media wants to write up every story about health-care reform as a he said she said piece. He said the moon revolves around the earth while she said the earth revolves around the moon. We’re not talking about a difference of opinion in any of these situations, there were not any death panels any draft of the legislation, there is no health-care rationing ( though health-care is currently rationed in a couple ways) and the moon revolves around the earth.
Yet another lists of Republican myths about health-care here. The myths are like some kind of mold that spread when you turn out the lights. Astroturfing or whatever it is, it is amazing how the tea smokers at the townhalls parrot these talking points.
Those allegded “death panels” were a great idea and Republicans supported them when they were in the majority and Bush was their infallible king, Oh, Those Death Panels
You would think that if Republicans wanted to totally mischaracterize a health care provision and demagogue it like nobody’s business, they would at least pick something that the vast majority of them hadn’t already voted for just a few years earlier. Because that’s not just shameless, it’s stupid.
Yes, that’s right. Remember the 2003 Medicare prescription drug bill, the one that passed with the votes of 204 GOP House members and 42 GOP Senators? Anyone want to guess what it provided funding for? Did you say counseling for end-of-life issues and care? Ding ding ding!!
Let’s go to the bill text, shall we? “The covered services are: evaluating the beneficiary’s need for pain and symptom management, including the individual’s need for hospice care; counseling the beneficiary with respect to end-of-life issues and care options, and advising the beneficiary regarding advanced care planning.” The only difference between the 2003 provision and the infamous Section 1233 that threatens the very future and moral sanctity of the Republic is that the first applied only to terminally ill patients. Section 1233 would expand funding so that people could voluntarily receive counseling before they become terminally ill.
So either Republicans were for death panels in 2003 before turning against them now–or they’re lying about end-of-life counseling in order to frighten the bejeezus out of their fellow citizens and defeat health reform by any means necessary. Which is it, Mr. Grassley (“Yea,” 2003)?
Republicans have lied for years about everything from socialists plots to WMD. If they had decided to have an honest debate about health-care reform a few liberals would have probably keeled over from heart attacks. Which would have made right-wing nut Micheal Reagan happy.
Glenn Beck thought America had an awful health-care system which he was going to expose when he was ill, A Tale of Two American Health Care Systems, by Glenn Beck
But a year and a half ago, after a routine surgery in the anal region, Mr. Beck experienced what he then described as a “personal voyage through the nightmare that is our health care system.”
Another gem from the post-op Beck: “Getting well in this country (again, he’s referring to the U.S.) could actually almost kill you.”
The poor victim of America’s health-care system is on video here. Those that have an allergy to rich right-wing pundits whining might want to skip it.
All Republicans are kind thoughtful people that feed the doves that land on their already heavily burdened shoulders, except for the ones that are not, New Jersey Man Was Arrested After Writing That 3 Judges ‘Deserve to Be Killed’
Internet radio host Hal Turner disliked how three federal judges rejected the National Rifle Association’s attempt to overturn a pair of handgun bans.
“Let me be the first to say this plainly: These Judges deserve to be killed,” Turner wrote on his blog on June 2, according to the FBI. “Their blood will replenish the tree of liberty. A small price to pay to assure freedom for millions.”
The next day, Turner posted photographs of the appellate judges and a map showing the Chicago courthouse where they work, noting the placement of “anti-truck bomb barriers.” When an FBI agent appeared at the door of his New Jersey home, Turner said he meant no harm.
That tree of liberty crap was also on Timothy McVeigh’s t-shirt when he planted the bomb in the Oklahoma City bombing.