I’ve been avoiding the health
care insurance debate because of health issues… High blood pressure and popping veins in my forehead is apparently considered a pre-existing condition.
However, I cant ignore how people are protesting and chanting.
Across the country we have people mobilizing and traveling to congressional districts they don’t vote in so they can disrupt town hall meetings and remove the ‘participatory’ part from ‘participatory democracy’. These town-halls were supposed to be a Q&A about intentions and a way for congresspeople to gauge what their voters wanted. Of course, that’s really all they could be since there is no way any congressperson has read all five bills on the table.
In order to help support the disruptive behavior, we have had radio and television talk show hosts repeating talking points that are not only absurd but have been publicly disproven. But, it seems that if you repeat it often enough it becomes true to certain people… just like the birther movement that has so many up in arms. If you have an audience that will fall for that, then it takes nothing to convince the listeners/watchers that Obama personally wants to kill their grandparents and remove veterans health care. Now all you have to do is publish instructions on how to be disruptive and artificially inflate your numbers.
The first question that comes to my mind when witnessing this is… They can read instructions?
The second question that comes to my mind when witnessing this is… Why are they focusing on made up bullshit when there are plenty of legitimate concerns with these bills? In fact, why are these being called health care bills or health care reform when they are really insurance reform proposals?
Hell, there are hundreds of potential problems with any one of the bills… why bother making shit up? Is someone just trying to prove how lazy the American public is? Perhaps this is some sinister plot to prove that being stupid is a preexisting condition? If they want to prove people were stupid couldn’t they just read YouTube comments or any page of VDare like everyone else?
Maybe stupidity is a form of brain protection from cognitive dissonance. See, how else could U.S. citizens be more upset with (absurdly fake) stories about health care insurance bills killing their grandparents than they were about real stories of oil company lobbyists paying for orgies and drug parties? I guess I have to face that not only are people stupid, but that they will only believe what they want to believe no matter what.
“Government employees would never accept drugs or sex with oil company hookers” is not the truth, but people WANT to believe it. Besides, even the party of religion can overlook a little fucking in the name of oil, right?
“Obama wants to kill my grandma because the health care bills have ‘end of life counseling’ language in them” is also not the truth. But, once again… people WANT to believe it.
So I am left with no other possible conclusion than to think people really want to believe the President of the United States is out to kill their grandparents. This is despite the fact that Obama is not personally authoring bills and every modern insurance plan has ‘end-of-life counseling’ coverage. But aren’t these are the same people that couldn’t believe our previous president could be an unwitting puppet? My how things change just by changing the party affiliation or skin color.
More proof that Americans are either lazy or stupid comes from the 2003 Medicare prescription drug bill, which already contains end-of-life counseling as one of its perks and has never resulted in a death squad being called out to your local nursing home.
Throwing another absurdness factor into the mix is the fact that so many of the people that are aggressive/disruptive in the town hall meetings on health
care insurance are either already on government health care (Medicare) or have no insurance. “I don’t want the government to run my health care” sounds really fucked up coming from a retired or unemployed individual…
For my own part, in the last ten years with my non-government insurance I have had to agree to give up any semblance of privacy in order to keep my full coverage, join a PPO plan that doesn’t let me choose my doctor, accept a ‘maximum lifetime cost’ clause that gets lower every year, and face my wife getting removed from my plan if her place of employment offers insurance (no matter how crappy it is). Compare this to the 1990′s when I had better coverage than this and only worked part time, and I get really fucking confused.