by Scott Creighton
What we are watching now in the healthcare debate is just deplorable, bottom of the barrel, desperation muck-raking politics of the absolute worst kind. And I am talking about what is coming from the White House and their “progressive” minions. It is the EXACT same thing as when someone who is critical of ultraconservative “Likudesque” policies of Israel is accused of being anti-Semitic in an attempt to shame them into silence.
First we are building “security walls” throughout Iraq and setting up “check-points” just like in Gaza and the West Bank… now our “progressive” liberals are shouting down dissenters with the charge of “racist”… pulled right out of thin air.
It’s not enough to say that there are SERIOUS problems with this administration’s healthcare reform bill and that they have good reason to rush it through congress just as fast as they can before anyone figures that out. Remember the TARP bill, anyone?
John Nichols of The Nation magazine (not what you would call a “conservative rag” by any means) recently wrote about Team DLC Obama™ Brand’s Cheney-like secrecy when it comes to the White House visitors log and all the meetings with insurance company lobbyists, insiders, and CEOs.
“So what should we make of the news that the Obama administration is now refusing to release White House visitor logs that detail meetings between members of the new administration and health-care industry insiders?” Nichols
The insurance industry is pumping big bucks into congress right now centered around the key players in this legislation; not on the side opposed, but on the side that is pushing the bill through congress.
“In the “debate” over health care, key figures on congressional committees are being bankrolled by health insurers, while representatives of hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry are being consulted at White House meetings.” Randell
“Big Pharma” just announced that they too will spend millions in an advertising campaign… SUPPORTING the passage of the healthcare reform bill.
“The nation’s drugmakers stand ready to spend $150 million to help President Barack Obama overhaul health care this fall, according to numerous officials, a staggering sum that could dwarf attempts to derail his chief domestic priority.
… The campaign, now in its early stages, includes television advertising under PhRMA’s own name and commercials aired in conjunction with the liberal group, Families USA.” DailyKos
And of course all of this industry insider support comes from a number of elements in the massive legislation, but the key provision in it, is the individual mandate that will force everyone, by rule of law, to BUY an insurance plan from a private insurance company.
That act alone will GREATLY increase the profit margins of the corporations.
Now, all that being said, the big problem for this healthcare reform bill is NOT the knuckle-dragging republicans, as most “progressive” websites would have you believe, but rather the growing public awareness of single-payer healthcare. Like Ron Paul’s “audit the fed” movement, the single payer plan is starting to get some real attention out there and THAT is the real scare for the White House and the insurance industry insiders.
So what do they do?
They take a page straight from the ADL playbook and they attempt to portray anyone who is opposed to this corporatist bill as a “racist”.
Just watch what happens on the Chris Mathews show in this clip. Mathews is interviewing a guy who mentions that a recent poll shows only 25% of the population supports this legislation as written while 39% strongly oppose it.
What does Mathews do when confronted with actual numbers and facts? He delves into imaginary ratios, completely made up right there live on camera, of just how many of the people who oppose this bill are actually “racists” who can’t stand that a black man is president.
And of course he has his “yes indeedy” chorus right there to lend credence to his preposterous claim.
Look back over the links that I provide for you in this article; The Nation, World Socialist Website, and the DailyKos. How many of them are raving “racists”?
I would love to think that this is simply Mathews going off on another of his “man crush”/”support the status-quo at all costs” (remember his fawning over Bush’s cod-piece “Mission Accomplished” performance?) informercial pitches.
But unfortunately, we all know this is not just Chris Mathews. Look what happened recently to Alex Jones when a couple of his videos were accused of being “racist” and pulled off Youtube. I watched the videos and they had nothing to do with race. They DID however point out the fascist inclinations of Team DLC Obama™ Brand and the corruption behind their healthcare reform bill. And that I guess was enough to earn Alex the title of “racist” (say what you will about Jones, and I have said plenty, the man is not a racist (at least as far as I can tell)… and neither were those videos). The following is an actual quote from a comment left on the Youtube site by an Obama supporter, promoting the idea of falsely accusing the video of being racist so that it will be shut down.
barackobamaexpress: For anyone who reads this; if you want to do your part today – something patriotic today, report this video to Youtube administration. Alex Jones promotes racism, and fearmongering. He’s a known liar. Prison Planet
All across the web, liberal and “progressive” sites are doing the exact same thing; denigrating dissenters of this bill with the “racist” slur in an effort to discredit them or silence them altogether. It is a childish and cowardly tactic that exposes the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of their position.
In fact, it is not at all about healthcare reform, it is about partisan politics.
The democratic talking point surely released from the White House or whatever PR company they hired for the occasion, has become that the opposition is attempting to undermine this bill in an effort to “weaken” the Obama presidency.
What does that imply in the inverse? That if this bill ISN’T passed, the democratic administration will be weakened or crippled; therefore in order to preserve the “strength” of the Obama presidency, this bill, with ALL it’s flaws being pointed out by democrats as well as republicans, must pass… at all costs.
Partisanship over people.
And this tactic is making for some desperate democrats willing to resort to deplorable tactics to pass a destructive bill at a time when a majority of working people in this country are in dire straights. The last thing we need right now is yet another corporatist bailout written by industry insiders, peddled by paid shills, and promoted by greasy political smear campaigns.
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