Saturday, August 08, 2009

Fake protestors exposed

In this video, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC dispatches the right wing nut jobs and their phoney “protests” about healthcare reform far better than I could ever hope to do. In particular, Rachel outlines all the connections between various corporate elites and the usual rightwing groups. The connections veer far into the territory of conspiracy.


Mark from Slap said...

I'm always slightly amused when I hear arguments against universal health care that portray it as being bureaucratic.

As someone who has never lived without universal health care, I'm a little puzzled by the whole characterization. I mean, I can walk into a hospital or clinic at any time, for any reason, at no cost.

Could someone explain how how dealing with private, for-profit insurance companies---with their lists of approved hospitals and doctors, their endless forms, who defines what procedures are necessary based on cost analysis models---is somehow less bureaucratic?

Arthur Schenck said...

My feelings exactly. But you do realise, don't you, that you Canadians have a terrible health care system in which cancers and heart disease are left untreated (unless you head south to the US), and that the prescription drugs available to you are 20 years behind the US? That's just some of the utter bullshit I've heard some rightwingers say about the Canadian healthcare system.

But the worst part about that—and the way they also defame other countries with single-payer universal healthcare—is that it's irrelevent: America WILL NOT get single-payer universal healthcare. It's not in the bill, it's not on anyone's agenda (and I think it should be, of course).

So, these morons are going around trashing other countries, making themselves look like complete idiots because they don't know what they're talking about, and they also make themselves look like even bigger lunatics because they're focusing on something that's totally irrelevant.

Argh! Reality-based discussion seems impossible.

Roger Owen Green said...

I do think that some of the folks showing up at meetings ARE locals, riled up by lies by blowhards like Palin ("death" panels) and he who shall not be named. I think they're legitimately scared - wrong, but whipped up into a frenzy.

Arthur Schenck said...

I think that's a good point, Roger. The question is, if the people whipping up the frenzy know what they're doing—and I think they do—will they take responsibility for the inevitable outcome for the increasing aggression in their campaign?