Monday, June 14, 2010

And You Thought The Health Care Bill Fight Was Done?

Anybody who thought the fight over the health care reform bill was going to boil down to specious law suits forgot about things like nominations. Dr Donald Berwick has been nominated to be the head of the agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid. That has prompted the usual suspects to creatively edit statements to get something scary.

McClatchy takes note of one rather egregious one:
Critics have pointed to this Berwick comment about rationing: "The decision is not whether or not we will ration care. The decision is whether we will ration care with our eyes open."

However, they generally leave off the last sentence of the quote: "And right now, we are doing it blindly."

Such ... creativity ... lets hacks like Robert Moffit, a health policy expert at the conservative Heritage Foundation, say things like:
"We've got a problem with the health care system, but it's hard to believe that Americans would put up with an explicit rationing system that's become notorious in Great Britain."

One thing you can generally be sure of with the Confederate Party of Republicanism and their allies is that something like truth is quite optional where ever political gain might be made.

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