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August 5, 2009

Obtuse propagandizers are stubborn people

Filed under: Economics,Politics — davidmbrowndotcom @ 2:32 pm

There’s some brouhaha lately about a blogger over at the White House who suggests that nobody could possibly, wossibly have any valid criticism of the socialist ObamaCare package.

Opponents of health insurance reform may find the truth a little inconvenient, but as our second president famously said, “facts are stubborn things.”

Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to “uncover” the truth about the President’s health insurance reform positions.

In this video, Linda Douglass, the communications director for the White House’s Health Reform Office, addresses one example that makes it look like the President intends to “eliminate” private coverage, when the reality couldn’t be further from the truth.

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.

Gee…so there really are wackos out there who believe that Obama’s disingenuous glossing over of the likely consequences of massive new government intervention in the health care industry is not only disingenuous but also glosses over the likely consequences of massive new government intervention in the health care industry? Beware! Beware!

Vis-a-vis that “record”…anybody know whether any other government program started out with insoucient assurances that rapidly unraveled on the shoals of political and economic realities? What were the champions of the income tax, Social Security, Medicare, for example, saying way back when they were just twinkles in the eyes of avaricious politicos? “Don’t worry, this’ll just hurt the fat cats, and it’ll actually end up reducing government spending and blahblahblah,” something like that? “Don’t worry, all your inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness will remain intact and untouchable in a government lock box”?

James Taranto over at WSJ’s Best of the Web Today:

At the very least, it is obnoxious to imply that all opposition to ObamaCare is based on “disinformation.” This show of contempt for opposing views ought to make skeptics even more skeptical.

However, all support for Obamacare is based on disinformation. Namely, the disinformative assumptions that bureaucratic central planning of an industry works better than the individual planning and coordination possible in free markets (except with respect to the statist goal of tyranically regulating everybody as an end in itself), and that government is either constitutionally or ethically entitled to violate the rights of innocent people in the pursuit of medical dystopia.

Yes, as John Adams noted, facts are stubborn things. Fact: If Obamacare passes, we’re going to lose another big chunk of our liberties. Fact: And more assaults on our liberty are guaranteed when the magic cure-all fails to magically cure all.

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

P.S. By the way, in their more candid moments, Obama and other Dems bluntly admit that the so-called “public option” they’re pushing for is intended to be a prelude to single-payer healthcare. It’s been recorded. It’s part of the video-historical record. True fact.

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