Thursday, August 6, 2009

Have A Referendum On Health Care

Obama and the democrats keep insisting that America needs universal health care, with Obama vowing the other day that the bill will pass this year because "it's what the people want". Perhaps they mean this in a strictly colloquial sense, as in the fact that they are our elected representatives makes anything that they want also what we want. While that is normally true, it certainly would not be if, for example, an elected member of congress decided to go on a murderous rampage.

While the reason for our system of representative government is mostly for expediency - it would be logistically impossible for the people to vote directly on every piece of legislation - there are times when the item is of such paramount importance and consequence that it must be put to a referendum. This is one such time.

While it is difficult to find an ordinary citizen who favors this monstrosity being foisted upon us, its proponents steadfastly insist that we do. Not content to merely stick to their guns, they are now trying to stifle the debate through fear, intimidation and subterfuge. While accusing the dissenters of being tools of a nefarious organizing machine and therefore insincere in their opposition, they have also begun attempting to organize their own network of informants. The White House is actually asking citizens to report other citizens for having an opposing viewpoint, a stunning departure from protocol. The White House website offers this:

For the record, the President has consistently said that if you like your insurance plan, your doctor, or both, you will be able to keep them. He has even proposed eight consumer protections relating specifically to the health insurance industry.

There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to
A simple click on the link takes you to a ready-to-fill-in email form. How convenient.

And the url for the page used to report "disinformation", ironically, is The irony is that while the Joseph Goebbels philosophy is generally effective, its practice still makes nothing true, only believable. Obama thinks that if he just repeats his claim that "if you like your insurance plan, your doctor, or both, you will be able to keep them" people will believe it, and he may be right, those "stubborn facts" are in direct conflict with his false statement. The bill itself states as much, noting that if someone changes or loses a job, the only option for healthcare will the "public option", or Obamacare.

There was another famous leader - whom I will not name - who used the tactic of having citizens snitch on one another, and his vision for his nation was nightmarish and abject misery. How interesting it is, as well, that in Venezuela, Hugo Chavez is closing media outlets deemed to be disseminating "false information". Obama doesn't want the American people to judge his intent to inflict universal health care on us based on lies. How ironic that he didn't mind the American people voting him into the White House based on lies.

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