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The "Evil-Mongers"

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Posted on August 14 2009 6:44 am
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Harry Reid, Democratic Senate Majority Leader, has put his two cents into the name-calling frenzy directed at Americans protesting Obamacare.  Apparently it’s not enough to call them mobs, extreme right-wingers or fascists.  Reid has come up with a creative epithet all his own: He says that “evil-mongers” are using “lies, innuendo and rumor,” to drown out rational debate.

Well, Reid would have done himself and his constituents in Nevada a favor if he had tuned in to Sean Hannity’s program on Fox News last night, where he would have heard a panel of ordinary Americans — half of whom had voted for Barack Obama — voice their unfiltered opinions on Obamacare.  You could count on the fingers of one hand the number of persons on this panel who supported the Democrat plan. The panel members raised all of the concerns we have been hearing expressed at the town halls across the country — rationed care, higher taxes, government bureaucrats intruding into life-and-death decisions that should only be the domain of the patient and his or her doctor, etc.

These concerns are not irrational fears whipped up by greedy interest groups (some of whom, like the drug industry, are in Obama’s pocket anyway).  And voicing these concerns in the public arena is anything but “evil-mongering”; it is a First Amendment right.

Rhetoric is exaggerated on both sides of the health care debate, but that is to be expected in a vibrant democracy.  However, when the President of the United States deliberately misleads the public, as he did a few days ago at his New Hampshire town hall meeting, he is abusing his office.  For example, Obama asserted that the AARP, America’s largest lobbying group for senior citizens, endorses his plan.  Yet a spokesperson appearing on the “evil-mongering” O’Reilly Factor had said the night before that AARP was not presently endorsing any particular program, although it does endorse health care reform, as do most Americans. To make its position crystal clear, AARP released the following statement after Obama’s mischaracterization of its position:

“While the President was correct that AARP will not endorse a health care reform bill that would reduce Medicare benefits, indications that we have endorsed any of the major health care reform bills currently under consideration in Congress are inaccurate.”

Obama also claimed, “I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter.”  But he sure came awfully close when he made this statement during a campaign rally in Iowa:

“If I were designing a system from scratch I would probably set up a single-payer system. … So what I believe is we should set up a series of choices….Over time it may be that we end up transitioning to such a system.”

And Obama continues to make the false claim that a government-run health insurance program will not cost the taxpayers anything and can compete fairly with the private sector.  As I pointed out in my blog earlier this week, such a program will inevitably turn into another subsidized subprime mortgage-type Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac debacle.

If there is any “evil-mongering” involved in this debate, it is the attempt by the Left to suppress the free speech of Obamacare’s opponents. The President’s lies to the American people similarly fit into that category.

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