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The Ralph Nader Lie of the Day

Posted on August 15 2009 10:18 am
David Swindle is the Managing Editor of NewsReal Blog and the Associate Editor of FrontPage Magazine. Follow him on Twitter here
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Over at at “progressive” news site, the lead story today was a call-to-arms by anti-capitalist activist Ralph Nader in which the perennial third-party presidential candidate  tried to motivate “single-payer” health care advocates by lying to them:

The guess here is that Obama will sign anything which squirms through a cowardly Congress that cannot give to the American people in 2009 the health care system Congress stopped President Harry Truman from establishing in 1950.

It is up to the people of our country to “make him do it” whether this year or next. A mere one million immediate calls to members of Congress by one million assertive citizens will start sobering up these legislators who think they can get away with another sale of our public trust.

The Congressional switchboard is 202-224-3121. The full Medicare, single payer bill (backed by nearly ninety legislators) is H.R. 676. The go-to citizen group for your sustained engagement is The rest is up to you, the majority, who want to put the people first.

The majority? Methinks not. If “the majority” of people wanted a single-payer health care system we’d have had one in this country a long time ago.

As this Rasmussen poll makes clear, barely a third of voters in this country favor a single-payer system:

Thirty-two percent (32%) of voters nationwide favor a single-payer health care system where the federal government provides coverage for everyone. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% are opposed to a single-payer plan.

But Nader’s never let the facts stand in the way of his activism, so why should he start now?

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