There's one piece of persistent dishonesty in the debate over health care that I would like to see vanish once and for all. It concerns the word 'rationing'. You can use it in several ways.
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Blows a hole in the talk of "rationing" that opponents of public health insurance so frequently fall back on. This is level-headed and intellectual, and while it is warm to Obama's plan, its real aim is to convince us to see beyond the spin in the health care debate.
When some people talk about rationing, they mean something scarier: the idea that someone, possibly the government, allocates quantities of something, and forbids anyone to ...
A logically constructed, clearly written blog post which plays out many scenarios trumpeted by media hysteria about the dangers of health care "rationing". Its conclusions make sense and dissipate the spin. Adds a thoughtful angle to the current health care debate (which is becoming increasingly thoughtless as certain stakeholders fear their profit margins will be cut and are resorting to fear mongering and disinformation).
When I read such an informative and unemotional assessment of a crucial issue, I contrast it with what I often have read in mainstream media outlets lately--some of them, and definitely NOT all of them. Why have "alternative" forms of media become increasingly popular? Because many readers want information that will help them make informed decisions about their lives, and it's becoming more clear which outlets are providing agenda-driven editorials instead of quality news pieces. ... More »
Very well written and informative. It should scare people much more to have medical decision affecting their lives made by for profit insurance companies as is now the case rather than quaking at the thought of "socialized medicine!"
Yes, it is an example of a clearly thought out refutation of the propaganda put out by the sickness industry.
Great points made in this blog post. Just because it is possible to buy health insurance doesn't mean that you can afford to. So right now our health care is being rationed. So critics who worry that a government plan will somehow ration health care don't get that health care is rationed every day in terms of cost by for big profit health insurance companies. This is a great example of Orwellian language and logic and the blog post exposes it as such