Thursday, October 29, 2009

So, Remember That Whole Health Care Conversation?

The one that was going to be rational and fact based and have the best interests of the American people at heart? Yeah, neither do I because it never fucking happened. What we got instead was a summer full of lies, faulty statistics, other lies, cries of "Socialism, Communism, Fascism, and any other -ism that the less rational, most vocal segments of the debate could come up with. It's been terribly frustrating sifting through the misinformation to come up with some good, hard facts, or at least facts that seem a little bit credible.

But it is fall now, when semesters start, leaves fall and people at least pretend to get down to serious business and I found a piece of information that I find terribly interesting.

Recall, if you will (and I know you will because I just told you to) the president, when he was but a lowly candidate, spoke about cutting fraud, waste and abuse in the medical care field in an effort to help pay for his health care reform initiative? Recall how the right went up in flames and screamed about Socialism whilst they simultaneously tried to paint themselves as the defenders of Medicare? Recall the scorn and ridicule that FOX (I will not call them a news organization as they gave up any semblance of journalistic ethics long ago) heaped upon his head for making that claim?

It turns out they were right. Well sort of. A little bit and in the most entertaining way possible. The president got his numbers wrong alright. He low balled the estimate, at least according to this which you might want to print out and then tape to your face so as to force the idiot who simply regurgitates the FOX (still not going to call them a news organization) tells him when he goes home at night.

It's not going to change his opinion as he would have to engage the critical thinking center of his brain for that to happen but it may very well confuse him to the point where he wanders away to pester someone else.

Good luck, let me know if it works.

P.S. Someone let me know when I can get some decent health care.

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