Monday, August 17, 2009

Limbaugh and Public Option

Public Options. What are they? How do they work? Will they kill my grandpa? These are the questions that have been raised by the right wing about Obama's health care reform plan. But the funny thing is, public options are exactly what right wingers say they least now that Obama seems to be canning his plan, Limbaugh is harping about a public options that are not run by the government.

"LIMBAUGH: [A]nd there is going to be a public option. There is no reason to have this kind of liberal reform without a public option. All this talk about a public option -- dropping it or maybe putting it back in, whatever they're going to call it -- if -- there's no reason to do this kind of reform from this standpoint -- from Obama, from the liberals in Congress -- without the government running it. If that's not on the table, there's no reason for them to reform it."

These "death panels" and silly rumors about illegal immigrants getting care, and mandatory abortions, and demanded euthanasia is all a hoax people. The public option was always there. This imaginary health care system that the right wing has made up, where you have a death panel and decides whether you get to live or die based on your contribution to society, is completely false. There was always going to be a public option, but the idea is being slayed before it even has the chance to show itself to the American public.

Rush went on to say that if it was called a public option or a co-op that the democrats would get it one day. But he also said that it's a "game designed to react to the opposition and get you to cool down."

How is it that Rush gets to say these things? He makes it seem like there was no public option plan EVER. When in fact, back in March President Obama said, "‘The thinking on the public option has been that it gives consumers more choices and it helps keep the private sector honest, because there’s some competition out there.’

In fact Nancy Pelosi has also been standing firmly for the public option...

“We agree with the President that a public option will keep insurance companies honest and increase competition.

“There is strong support in the House for a public option. In the House, all three of our bills contain a public option as does the bill from the Senate HELP Committee.

“A public option is the best option to lower costs, improve the quality of health care, ensure choice and expand coverage.

“The public option brings real reform to lower costs over the 10 year period of the bill.”

So wait a second here Rush. Obama's plan won't work without a public option? I think I have heard "public option" for a long time. And now you guys on the right think you can spin this and make people believe that "Obamacare" spells out death to the young and elderly.

I'm not down for this kind of thinking. I have heard about Obama's public option health care plan for a few months now, and I think it's absolutely stupid that the right is able to get away with spinning this one. For shame man...

Rush also went on to say that nobody ever called Obama Hitler. I mean, anyone who has been paying attention to the news lately has heard this over and over again. Right winged pundits are comparing the President of the United States to Adolf Hitler.

LIMBAUGH: "...he is failing, and I'm happy. And you're happy. Fifty-seven percent of the American people think no health care change is better than his plan -- or 52 percent, 54 percent, I'm sorry -- 57 percent say the stimulus isn't working and it might be making things worse. I'm winning. He's failing. The American people don't want Obama to succeed."

LIMBAUGH: I never said Obama hates white people. He's got a chip on his shoulder about the unjust and immoral past of this country. I never called him Hitler. And let's not forget -- you dopes at CNN and everywhere else, could you please for 21 years behind this microphone, I have listened to people like you try to equate conservatives with Nazism and with Adolf Hitler, and I'm fed up with it. Hitler was a man of the left. Adolf Hitler was much closer to you guys than he is to me or any of my friends. And Nancy Pelosi started this, she called the people turning up at town hall meetings Nazis -- they were wearing swastikas. And you're purposely leaving that out of this so you can run with your template.

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