The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Militant Moderate

March 17, 2010

Health care myths

Who has not heard the Republican rhetoric about the health care proposals in Congress?  Too many myths, and not enough truths, have been spread about health care proposals of the Obama administration and those initiated in Congress.  These myths are a part of the regular talking points of every Republican who makes an appearance before a crowd or a television camera. 

Seeking to tap into the anti-government sentiments of a reactionary group of Oklahomans, Michael Steele hit several of these talking points a week or so ago in a visit to Oklahoma.  The Republican party is running a one-minute ad touching on their various talking points:  “Today our freedom is threatened in America.  President Obama and Nancy Pelosi are experimenting with America – massive government expansion, government takeovers, redistribution of wealth, staggering debt to countries like China.”  Tea-baggers are at it again with their signs, slogans, and smears. 

All kinds of lies have been told publicly and circulated privately about health care bills since last spring.  There were lies about “death panels,” rationing of health care services, waiting lines, people losing their present policies, raising everybody’s taxes, running up big deficits for health care, increasing health care costs and premiums for policy-holders, government bureaucrats coming between you and your doctor, and all those things. 

Some of us will surely retch if we hear again the Republican accusation of “government takeover of health care, the sixth largest segment of our economy.”  That is, of course, the share of our GDP spent on health care, and it is shameful that the most costly health care system in the world leaves out nearly 20 percent of the people, gives inadequate care to another 20 percent, and threatens to bankrupt the economy. 

Since there has been no effort at taking over health care services per se, even the Republicans know that, then the myth would be better directed at efforts to regulate health insurance and to subsidize insurance for those who cannot afford its current high cost.  But, then, what is bad about that? 

Text Only
Militant Moderate
  • Mugwump on Arizona

    How many of us one-time history scholars recall the term “mugwump?”

    May 12, 2010

  • Gleanings frm cyber world

    Some of the material encountered in cyber space, either floated or directed by messaging, is quite airy, amusing, or really funny.  Other material is quite inspirational.  Still other gleanings prove to be informative and educational. 

    May 6, 2010

  • The good, bad and ugly

    The bad and the ugly in state politics have been readily observable to the Oklahoma public, and lately even to the nation at large.  But the good has been more difficult to discern within the Oklahoma legislature.

    April 29, 2010

  • Tea Party Enigma

    April 26, 2010

  • Militia: Near and Far

    Recalling anti-tax rhetoric of the past

    April 20, 2010

  • Dr. No

    A few doctors give the impression that they think they are gods.  Nearly everyone has known one or two.  It appears that Oklahomans may have one of those as U. S. Senator. 

    April 13, 2010

  • The fringe of the tea wagon

    Two fringe movements have been spotlighted in the news lately.

    April 7, 2010

  • All Tea Party

    “We are all Tea Party here,” declared Sarah Palin appearing with John McCain at a recent rally supporting his re-election as senator from Arizona. 

    March 30, 2010

  • Health care myths

    Who has not heard the Republican rhetoric about the health care proposals in Congress?

    March 17, 2010

  • Broken government

    “Our government is broken,” say some politicians and pundits.  If indeed this condition exists, then its “breaking” must have been an event.

    March 10, 2010