Saturday, August 8, 2009
The state of the health care debate.
A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
Attributed to Mark Twain.
And that was before the internet.
Attributed to Matty Boy.
So there's a provision in the health care bill that allows people to discuss end-of-life care every five years with a doctor and to have that consultation covered by Medicare. In the right wing media, this is being covered as forced euthanasia. You may get some e-mail from a right wing friend warning you about this. Here is the link to the page on Snopes that explains what's really going on.
I don't talk to tech savvy right wingers that often, though I know they exist, and I don't know what they think about Snopes. Since some felt that they needed their own version of Wikipedia, I'm sure that there are those who think Snopes is just a liberal commie plot. Sure, Snopes is right about the albino alligators in the sewers of New York and the Microsoft Lottery scam, but they are just putting that stuff in so they will look authoritative when they try to tell you Obama isn't personally going to kill your grandma.
Don't let Obama kill your grandma! That's what we've got Kaiser Permanente and Humana for! Free market forces should kill your grandma, not some damn socialist bastards from the gummint!
Oh, and another thing. Keep your damn gummint hands off my Medicare!
[That last one I didn't make up. Some wingnut was screaming that at the cameras at one of the town hall meetings.]