Sunday, August 9, 2009

Liar! Liar! Pants on fire! 10 lies about health-care reform

Sarah Palin is a winking liar

I'm not normally one to give way to obscenity but WTF?!

It seems as if Republicans like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann have gone off the deep end and are trying to make Americans believe that health-care reform is going to create some kind of Soylent Green-like society where the sick will be ground up for bread. According to Palin:
"The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome 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. Such a system is downright evil."

Palin seems to be confusing Obama's plan with our current system in which a "death panel" of insurance-company bureaucrats decides who's worthy of health care based on what will generate the most profits, and anyone who's so unproductive as to be sick and out of a job may as well curl up and die. That's the evil America Sarah Palin knows and loves!

Please note that this isn't coming from some wacko fringe element of the Republican Party. This is coming from a woman whom the party seriously considered suitable to be second-in-command to the leader of the free world.

Anyway, I've decided that if Palin and other Republicans can get away with promulgating sick lies, outrageous untruths and off-the-wall innuendo about health-care reform, so can I.

Here are some of those I'm spreading. Feel free to join in by repeating them as often as possible and coming up with your own.
  1. Health-care reform will cure the common cold.

  2. Republicans masterminded the Twitter denial-of-service attack…in an effort to stop pro-health-care reform tweets.

  3. Under single-payer health care, all Americans will receive an annual free visit to a health spa.

  4. Universal health care means your pets will get free veterinarian visits, too.

  5. A Republican doctor invented a cure for cancer but party members convinced him to suppress it in order to protect insurers' profits.

  6. The health-reform bill will fund construction of 1,000 new medical & nursing schools, creating millions of jobs.

  7. Why are anti-health-care reform Rep. Mark Kirk's divorce records sealed? Is it true about the sheep?

  8. U.S. ballplayers threaten strike if health-care reform isn't passed before the World Series. "Some things are more important than baseball," sluggers say.

  9. Rush Limbaugh says he's now supporting H.R. 676.

  10. Staffers sorting George W. Bush's cast-offs in the White House basement have discovered a huge cache of gold and platinum. The administration says there's enough there to fund heath care for all American for 20 years. The deposit was labeled "Weapons of Mass Destruction."


  1. Kirk just refinanced his Highland Park Apartment. It was in the paper with all the transfers and refinances last week. Why does he have a Highland Park apartment at the same time he had a house with his wife (now former wife) close by in Ft. Sheridan? Was it his love nest?

  2. "Death panels" comes from an article by Rahm Emanuel's brother, Dr Ezekial Emanuel, about allocation of scarce medical interventions.

    While not specifically referring to a death panel, there is discussion of allocating resources to those who have a better chance at living a productive life.

    I read about this at Legal Insurrection, which links to the full Emanuel article.

  3. I read the article (a link to it is here) and it advocates no such thing. Whoever read it to Palin took an example given as an illustration in a academic piece discussing various issues of bioethics out of context and presented it as if it were being proposed as government policy.

    Even if it were, I'd prefer it to the GOP's plan — which is leading us to a system in which only rich people will be privileged to receive health care.

  4. Thank you for linking to Jake Tapper's blog, I'll have to take some time to read that article and respond. I am some what reluctant to engage in a discussion with you if you are going to march out the "Sarah Palin is an idiot" and "rich white guys" meme. I'd rather have a productive discussion where the participants minds are open to what those who disagree with them say.

  5. If you read my other posts on this blog, you will see that I am not in a position to be open-minded on the issue of health care. The current "free-market" system has failed me utterly.

  6. I prefer to use the 'ticking time bomb' argument that GOP has used to solicit support for torture. Let's say there is an indigent or homeless person who has no job and no health care. There is also a nuclear device planted in the subway system of new york city. Now this homeless guy happens to have a brain illness/injury that if left untreated will render him unable to be tortured to answer questioning. Do we give him healthcare?


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