Our Dear Leader thinks we need to be educated about his party’s healthcare takeover bill. See: http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/ (The Sun God Will No Doubt Thank Me for the Link)
How much money does Congress authorize for Executive Branch Propaganda? Is this the Joseph Goebbels memorial agency of the White House? Seriously, what kind of resources is the President authorized to use in support of his pet projects? Yes, he has the “bully pulpit” but does he have the constitutional authority to run partisan web sites such as the one linked above? How much does this cost? At good-enough-for-government-work rates, I has to be a lot.
First it was the “spy on your neighbors” email@example.com to find the fish stuff, and now it’s a partisan campaign type expenditure to spread the lies about the healthcare bill — which I’d bet Sun God Obama hasn’t even read.
Some points directly from The Whitehouse Propaganda Site. These are the “myths” that the site seeks to “debunk.”
“Reform will stop rationing, not increase it.”
Kavita Patel says she works at the White House for Valerie Jarrett. She says that the insurance companies “ration” care by not offering coverage for anything and everything. Followed by clip from Obama at AARP – weasel words – no substance whatsoever. Patel goes on to say you and I don’t have the mental capacity to judge one insurance overage from another. NOT A SINGLE WORD ABOUT THE ACTUAL CONTENT OF THE HEALTHCARE BILL, ITSELF.
“The ‘euthanasia’ distortion on help for families.”
Melody Barnes, the President’s Director of the Domestic Policy Council [whatever that is!] opines: That the Prez is “deeply concerned” and the Whitehouse Staff is “surprised” about talk of euthanasia as part of the health care plan. This is followed by another really dumb clip of the Prez at AARP, answering the question with a wisecrack. Section 1233 about “End of Life Care Counseling” doesn’t mandate suicide, but in Oregon denied requests for treatment of terminal illnesses are accompanied with a notice that physician aided suicide will be reimbursed — so although this objection to the bill has little merit right now, sensible people can see the handwriting on the wall for the future and don’t trust even perky Ms. Barnes to relieve their worries.
“Vets Healthcare is Safe and Sound”
Matt Flavin, Director of Veterans and Wounded Warrior Policy says the bill won’t change vets’ healthcare and might even improve it for some vets. Saying that 500,000 more vets will be included in the program. The Prez. then appears in a clip to blubber about a sacred trust. Flavin concludes by saying there is no effect on veterans’ healhcare — what a pity, because Vet healthcare is an abomination, a perfect example of the incompetence, inefficiency, arrogance and the miserable mess that Dear Leader wants for all Americans. He should fix this first, before inflicting it on all citizens.
“Reform will benefit small business – not burden it”
Christina Romer, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, who knows about as much about small business as I know about dog grooming, cheerfully asserts that small businesses pay more for health insurance than large ones do. So, Government taxes and mandates are the solution to the competitive disadvantage of small businesses. Then she back-pedals and says that because the healthcare requirements are harmful, small firms (with fewer than 25 employees) would be exempt in “some versions of the healthcare bill.” Again, NOTHING SPECIFIC ABOUT THE ACTUAL LEGISLATION.
“Your medicare is safe, and stronger with reform”
“Robert Kocher of the National Economic Council debunks the myth that Health Insurance Reform would be financed by cutting Medicare benefits. To the contrary, reform would simply eliminate waste and unnecessary subsidies to insurance companies.”
More drug costs will be shifted to the public purse. He says “We will expand the [healthcare] workforce.” What? Where is that in the bill? How many doctors want to study for 10 years only to become bureaucrats? The Government will keep track of all your identity and medical information — kind of like the IRS? Dear Leader again at AARP saying the Government will reduce waste in Medicare to help pay for the bill. So if the waste is so obvious (and it IS) then why not reduce it first? Why, Because Government isn’t a waste reducer, it is a waste producer. Medicare is the most inefficient, wasteful and harmful part of the American medical system as it is. Fix that first. The rest of the Whitehouse argument is just blather.
“You can keep your own insurance”
Linda Douglass of the White House Office of Health Reform starts out by trying to discredit the Drudge Report’s video in which Obama and Barney Frank both say their goal is to eventually eliminate private medical care and replace it with a “single payer” system. Linda, you can’t say we shouldn’t believe our own eyes and ears. Followed by more lies from the Prez. at the AARP and no specifics from the Bill. The Prez says “Nobody is trying to change what works in the system.” Then a clip in which Dear Leader says the bill is designed to “discipline insurance companies.” All I can say is “What Bull!” So it takes 1,018 pages of legislation to do that? Give me a break! Nice try, but no cigar.
This Whitehouse team seems to think we’re all retarded children that need to be coddled and protected from reality. They’re as wrong about that as they are about the rest of what they’re doing to destroy the country we love. Don’t let them get away with it.