Monday, August 31, 2009

Exposing the Health Care Reform Lies

Seems that there's a really crazy email going around conservative circles that's full of lies about health care reform. MNPublius's Jeff Rosenberg summarizes the debunking of its lies: has been really busy poring through conservative claims about the house health care bill, particularly a chain email claiming to summarize the bill:

The chain e-mail purports to give “a few highlights” from the first half of the bill, but the list of 48 assertions is filled with falsehoods, exaggerations and misinterpretations. We examined each of the e-mail’s claims, finding 26 of them to be false and 18 to be misleading, only partly true or half true. Only four are accurate.

Conservatives keep coming back to the same old bogeymen, even when they don’t make sense:

[The chain email] claims that a section about “Community-based Home Medical Services” means “more payoffs for ACORN.” ACORN does not provide medical home services. The e-mail interprets any reference to the word “community” to be some kind of payoff for ACORN. That’s nonsense.

Damn, the lies just keep on comin'. The Republicans just don't want health care reform to happen, period; seeing it (rightly) as the start of another forty-year stretch of Democratic ascendency, just like what happened after FDR pushed through Social Security. I say it's time to give up on "bipartisanship" and forge ahead with a Democrats-only health care bill. The Repugs will never agree to anything on this issue, so let's tell those Congressional wingnuts to go straight to hell, and pass real health care reform with a public option! So what if they bitch & moan, they all have that "socialist" federal health care coverage for themselves, anyway.


Rising Sun- L said...

It's going to be really tricky with Democrats wavering and Ted Kennedy's seat unfilled.

I'm continually amazed at the levels the opposition will sink to on the health care issue.

Strong said...

They've been doing it for almost 100 years, and intently for the last 60.

Funny, I've been reading Nixonland the last few weeks (great book, btw), and the wingers made the same complaints, word-for-word, about Medicare back in 1965, that they're making today about health care reform!