Am I the only one who feels like barfing every time Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and other Republicans in Congress, in regards to health care reform, say, like silly billy parrots, “the American people do not want this bill.”
I doubt it. I’m guessing, if all the people who felt like barfing every time this lie was told actually barfed — the country would be swimming in barf.
This is because, while he endlessly repeats “Americans do not want this bill,” a lot of Americans in fact DO want this bill.
Wh0 are we, the Americans who want this bill? Chopped liver? And why does he keep saying we don’t want it, when we do. Or does he not consider those who agree with him to be Americans?
And which bill do we not want?
That’s the problem. The House and the Senate passed different bills — and nobody is completely happy with either. So if they say we do not want “this bill,” they are technically right — since they haven’t defined what they’re talking about.
But most Americans DO want any damn bill that passes and begins to climb the country out of health insurance hell, introduces fair play, and moves us towards, ultimately, universal health care.
Certainly you’ve got polls that say the majority of Americans are against health care reform — because you’ve lied and distorted and scared the bejeezus out of people.
In August of 2009, SurveyUSA asked 1200 adult Americans a question for NBC News and Wall Street Journal. The question was “In any health care proposal, how important do you feel it is to give people a choice of both a public plan administered by the federal government and a private plan for their health insurance? 1) extremely important 2) quite important 3) not that important, or 4) not at all important?
77% said it was either Extremely Important or Quite Important.
So get real. The American people want Congress to fix the broken system. That’s why we elected Obama. It’s the health insurance industry that’s against it, and they’ve spent $380 million buying your votes in Congress and moving those poll numbers for you guys — more money than was spent on the entire 2008 presidential campaign.