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  1. PatsFanInVa

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    Since the GOP has dispatched brownshirts (look! I can do it too!) to make discussion of the health care bill impossible in town hall meetings across this great nation (only in Democratic districts, oddly enough,) what would the ordinary independent think of the "counter-argument," such as it is?

    There's been quite a bit of footage of this idiocy aired on the news channels, and I -- as a pro-healthcare guy -- naturally think it is what it looks like: A bunch of know-nothings who don't want to know, and don't want anybody else to know.

    If I'm granny and I wonder what the REAL impact of this bill is on my care, and even if they've stoked a slight fear of the "Logan's Run" rhetoric, what do I think if they send so clear a signal that they're actually against public knowledge of what's in the bill?

    If I'm a guy in the middle of life, and I want to know about the fiscal impact, what do I think if they make it impossible to ask my questions?

    If I'm part of the great muddled middle, and I am just curious about this health thingie, what do I think of the tactic of disruption instead of debate? What has the country ultimately thought of it after, say, the late 60s?

    The actual tactic is clear: make debate impossible.

    But what is the tactic meant to accomplish? One of the memos from the Insurance Company shills says to make sure you "move to the front," to "create the illusion that the majority of the room agrees with you."

    Is that the idea -- to pretend that the Insurance industry and their positions are wildly popular, and that our elected representatives will feel the electoral backlash if the vote in a way contrary to their interests?

    I did hear about the threats against SEIU from some of these crackpots; is it in fact to encourage more crackpots to decide their second amendment rights include death threats or assassination attempts against the present administration and its supporters?

    Is the net outcome of this supposed to be nothing more than the pure value of polarization and hate?

    I'd love to hear what we all think the thought process here is. I doubt very seriously it's meant to win hearts and minds.

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    Democrats, War Protesters, Abortion Rights People, Hippies, Left Wing "Pie Throwers", Marches On Washington etc etc they have all been doing it for years, now suddenly a bunch of old grey haired White Americans get out of their Rocking Chairs to exercise their Constitutional Rights and they are somehow branded as "disruptors, traitors, mobs, and gangsters" (LOL)

    What these people are doing is They Are Acting Like left Wing Democrats and that has the White House sh!tting their pants.

    If they have one of these meetings on my Island I'm going to attend it and if one of those two closet democrats are there Collins/Snowe I'm going to throw my f-cking Cane at them.
     
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    That's ok, because you're old enough to have access to universal healthcare the government will just give you another cane.
     
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    Yeah, most of the astroturfers have no stake in the thing they're protesting, since they are covered by medicare, not private insurance.

    Oh, the delicious irony of throngs of government-insured people shouting down the "impingement" of government in health care!

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    You do know that both sides are using astroturfers at these events ... right?
     
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    Democrats can't handle any dissent. It was ok to use the media against each and every move of the Bush administration. They can dish it out, but they can't take it. Oh I know, these events are being marred by a collective movement of the far right. How about people are willing to speak up when government attempts to take over their freedom of choice.
     
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    Neo Lib Protest = Very Good, freedom, hooray.
    Neo Con Protest= Very Bad, how dare they?

    DIRTY ROTTEN OLD WHITE PEOPLE PICKING ON OUR WONDERFUL PRINCE BARACK
     
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    Actually they have a very real stake in the discussion. There is a real fear among those covered by Medicare that since it is one of the more costly and expensive parts of the health care system, it will be among the first to see cuts if/when universal coverage and the health care reform is enacted.
    Picture this scenario,the bill is passed and signed into law. After the first year or two costs balloon and action needs to be taken to rein in the overruns (see France now for example). It is not unrealistic to expect that retirees and the elderly will have to bear some of the cutbacks in whatever form. Have there been scare tactics? Absolutely ,but on both sides.
    One other thing to consider is that the elderly vote in high numbers, disproportionate to their proportion of the population so they definitely have the ears of the politicians.
     
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    Of course as a government employee you tooo have no stake in the debate since you are exempt from the progeam....oh the irony indeed. :rolleyes:

    Nice you have avoid the threads with any content about this mess.
     
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    These town hall disruptions started with the birther movement, and obviously spilled over into the health care debate. "Brown shirts" came to mind weeks ago, the brown shirts used the same exact tactics physical and verabal intimidation, disruption of meetings and eventually Kristal Naucht. Now it seems that the left has decided to fight fire with fire. From what i've read and heard the reason for the disruptions is to buy time, and further obfuscat .
    What ever the reason its undemocratic, and un American to disrupt and block debate.

    Whats so ironic is that the second amendment protects their right to try and halt free speech.
     
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    Disruption:
    The left wing has been doing it for years and they have been praised for doing it by the very people who now condem "the other side"

    :bricks:
     
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    I think there are a lot of motivations:
    - There are those still suffering the sting of defeat
    - There are those caught up in irrational fears of Obama or liberalism
    - There are those who believe this is good for the Republican Party
    - There are those who think something needs to be done before America fails completely
    - and there are those who really are defensive about their health insurance

    Their motives are all slightly different, but mostly skew towards helping the Republican establishment, not the Party. But, the big beneficiary is Fox News, which has seen growing viewership while Republican Party popularity continues to sink.

    Nonetheless, this unattractive group of allies has generated more disgust than support at least among independents, who continue to rate the Republican Party well below the Democratic Party. Their current methods can lead to only two results: building up an army of angry people who can do more serious harm or utter failure, but there's no way it will get them popular support.

    I think Rush, Beck, and Fox News badly want that army of angry white men. I think it would be enormously profitable for them, in terms of their ego and their wealth. I don't think they'll get it, though. Even the most extreme right wingers here in this forum do not seem enthusiastic about their tactics.

    One suggestion I read in Democratic Underground is that liberals should set up tables where attendees can sign away their Medicare rights to show their opposition to national health care. I thought that was a clever idea.
     
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    True but it would behoove you to remember the lessons of 1993 and 1994 when another Democratic President in the wake of a decisive election( a Republican party in disarray) tried to ram through health care reform. By the next year, the Republicans sensing a national anger picked up about 50-60 seats in the House and recaptured both chambers for the first time since the Great Depression. It would be foolish to think that this is a limited anger. Remember that 85% of the American public has health insurance and the vast majority are satisfied with it. Rather than concentrating on getting the other 15% coverage, by affecting everyone, there naturally is fear and suspicion at the unknown and at parts of the bill that look 'questionable'.
    Taken with a cap and trade that was passed without full examination (300 pages of amendments were added at the last minute in the middle of the night.)it is understandable why people are angry and protective.
     
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    I do not have a "public option" insurer, so this makes no sense. I have a private insurance company just like you... so how does the fact that I work for the government come into it? If you work for let's say Intel, and Intel has an insurance plan (or a number of plans to choose from,) you are in precisely the same position as me. Or for that matter, if you work for your local K-Mart, and they actually have health insurance available (just from observation, a much more likely possibility.)
     
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    As a government employee you won't be foreced into a public plan like we will when our employers drop our insurance.

    Yourefuse to del with this, you are being dishonest, since we know you are not stupid.
     
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    And 50% are in favor of health reform, versus 45% opposed. Beyond that fact, health care is like unemployment: the more you know a friend, or a friend of a friend, who is dropped from insurance, denied coverage, loses insurance when he loses his job, loses his insurance when the company goes bankrupt, etc. etc. etc., the more you will favor (or downright need) health care reform.

    The present bill does not penalize these older ladies and gentlemen, but I hear all about their "legitimate" and "natural" fears.

    Well, okay. I understand that if we hold the insurance companies to account, there is a "natural" fear that we'll somehow round up old people and put them before the "death panel." :rolleyes: This despite the fact that Medicare is not even discussed in the bill.

    Okie dokie. Question: Since the young overwhelmingly favor this reform package, think about the opportunity the middle-age throw away.

    an insurance pool is only functional insofar as risk is distributed. We have one that refuses to insure the sick or the bad risks, and in which the young and healthy do not particularly like to participate, at present.

    Since the young are disproportionately in favor of more equitable insurance, that is, are willing to join the risk pool even though they are at lower risk, I have a "rational" fear that they will become jaded if health care is once again denied the public. I also "rationally" fear that in the wake of a health care reform failure, the bills for the old -- medicare -- will just seem like too much in 4 or 8 years. I "rationally" fear that doing nothing not only results in "death panels," but actually has a mechanism by which we arrive there: the monumental expense of running a system as a whole without the input of the younger workers over on the private health care end. I "rationally" fear that we will just stop covering anything of value in medicare.

    Sure, that sounds good. Now I suppose my role is to go with 20 friends and shout "HEALTH OR DIE! HEALTH OR DIE!" at every Republican town hall. Or more to the point, that I send around e-mails to the local gray panthers who lean leftward.

    A fear is only a rational fear if it can be supported within the actual legislation one fears. What is the support? That you have coverage, once every 5 years, if you want to discuss end-of-life arrangements such as living wills. That becomes "death panels."

    We've got a month, insurance shills. You have a month to state your case, such as it is. The clock is ticking.

    Thus far you've said, no, shouted absolutely nothing, and shouted it at the tops of your lungs, intending to not have the debate.

    Well, as everything, the effect on the fringes is not that important. The effect on the Center is very important.

    If we get health care reform worthy of that phrase, the right will be running very, very scared: not of "socialism," but of the success of this administration, and the sure knowledge that most Americans' impressions of our health system will be of a vastly improved system (only the "gold plated" care will be dented... which is not what most Americans have.)

    The challenges we're looking at are big, whether we're talking the economy (which has been a must-fix left by the last tenant,) health care, or in the future -- whether by Obama or the next guy -- medicare and social security. The bills are coming due from this 30 year orgy of Friedman/Laffer/Greenspanism.... i.e., deregulation as some sort of idolatrous god. Oh and while we're at it, it may be worth mentioning the longest and most costly war in american history.

    Am I against dissent? On the contrary, I value it. It's especially valuable when a competing idea is offered... it may give me pause, were the Republicans, their masters in big business, or their shills here or in town hall meetings ever to offer such a thing as a new idea.

    This mob attack is symptomatic, in this case, not of a phantom "repression" by the party in power, but of a bankruptcy of ideas in the face of change by those who face no such deficit.

    And yes, it does remind me of the Dems in the late 70s. The reforms the Dems embraced had outstripped the country, which went running like a bunch of scared little *****es to the fearful reagan end of their spectrum. Well, that's the country's perogative... but many of the Reaganites are dead, and the rest have had second thoughts about the big-hearted, always-right, infallible free market buddies who are going to trickle down their wealth to the masses. They're trickling all right, but that ain't wealth, and we're all now painfully aware of this fact.

    Now the country's caught up to the idea of a social safety net, not coincidentally just as everybody and their brother knows somebody who is served by one.... or saved by one. All those federal dollars the grandstanding govs fight against and squawk about... and then accept; all those extensions to unemployment benefits, in dire times; all those plants that don't close for auto workers and suppliers.... people, even those whose plants or companies have closed, see a government that cares, a government that does all it can to lessen that pain.

    Is the calculation really that "most" people hate the government for trying to keep people employed and healthy?

    Is the calculation really that "most" people are convinced they "should" hate the government, based on this priority to serve the public wellbeing rather than big business???

    2010 will be interesting. Namecalling ("socialist" seems to have lost its lustre, so now it's "nazi," nonsensical as it would seem) can only go so far. I think we just saw that in 08... The bloom is off the rose for the administration, but the damn GOP looks intent on putting the bloom back on it.

    The tactics here just seem unfathomable, outside of the specific interests of the insurance lobby (do something that makes you look dumb for the money, spend the money on the ads, win the election...) It sure ain't "making friends and influencing people.")
     
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    Of course the majority are against Obamacare....we know gov employees and congress pols and their staffs don't want to live under Obamacare.
     
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    Then you haven't read my postings because I've stated repeatedly two things that are needed, actually three that would help reduce costs.
    1) Require insurance companies to enroll all people regardless of pre-existing conditions, leveling the field
    2) Allow insurance companies to write policies across state lines increasing competition. Look what happened to internet access costs with competition.
    3) Tort reform which is never mentioned in the reform bill,not once on any of the 1100 pages.
    I think I've been restrained and calm in this debate especially a few back and forths I had with Patters yesterday.
    Perhaps you've mistaken me for someone else...
     
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    You know that would speak volumes if as a group they said they would relinquish their cushy comprehensive plan for the new one being proposed. Isn't it true that they get free health insurance as a benefit while in office and it continues on that way even after they retire?

    These loud mouth hypocrites have no business telling me their views on what regular Americans health insurance should be like. How dare they? That makes me bitter and I don't need any fringe right wing group or insurance company to rile me up about that.
    You see libs, some people can actually think on their own. Do not marginalize me.

    Seriously I’m not smart enough to know what the outcome of government health care will be. All I know is that everyone in congress that thinks they do know what’s best for us better be damned willing to give up their golden plans(that we pay for BTW) and walk in the same shoes they want us to walk in. It's easy to be a "do gooder" when you have nothing to lose I guess.:mad:
     
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