Wednesday, August 05, 2009

"Medicare is Broke, Medicaid is Broke..."

"The Republicans and their allied groups — desperate after losing two consecutive elections and every major policy fight on Capitol Hill — are inciting angry mobs of a small number of rabid right wing extremists funded by K Street Lobbyists to disrupt thoughtful discussions about the future of health care in America taking place in Congressional Districts across the country," [DNC spokesman Brad] Woodhouse said in a statement. (source)

This is when the sport of politics gets tiresome for me. They KNOW this is not a lobby-funded movement. They KNOW that the point of this AND the tea parties is to rebuke the politicians (left and right) --not take direction from them...

But worse than this disingenuous statement from the DNC is the leaked memo and repetitive talking point of demonizing the insurance companies. Look, I am no fan of the insurance companies (my biggest beef with them is that they settle instead of fighting the trial lawyers and give the frivolous lawsuits merit), but it is ABSURD to have a discussion about health care reform without addressing tort reform. It is the frivolous lawsuits (as evidenced by the barrage of ambulance-chaser commercials on free, daytime TV aimed at the out-of-work set). Because of the litigious nature of the growing contingent of Americans that have somehow been ingrained with a sickening sense of entitlement, health care has carried the burden and now we're supposed to have an honest conversation...but the lawyer lobby has made that off limits?!

I am neither a lobbyist or an agent of the RNC, and I urge you all to find an attend a townhall meeting about health care (and Cap & Trade) in your area (especially if you have a Blue Dog representative)!

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