I think Keith did a great job of seperating the honest (if deeply misinformed) passions of those who are current raging at these Town Halls from those who've cynically done the mis-informing. Forgive them, they know NOT what the spew!
For example let's all please remember that the provision which allows Medicare to pay for Voluntary End of Life Discussion was originally suggested by a Republican, Rep Johnny Isakson, and he thinks all this "Death Panel" talk is Nuts.
ISAKSON: I have no idea. I understand — and you have to check this out — I just had a phone call where someone said Sarah Palin’s web site had talked about the House bill having death panels on it where people would be euthanized. How someone could take an end of life directive or a living will as that is nuts. You’re putting the authority in the individual rather than the government. I don’t know how that got so mixed up. [...]
It empowers you to be able to make decisions at a difficult time rather than having the government making them for you
But it's a form of NUTS that the PR firms supporting the current Health Care establishment have carefully cultivated as Rachel pointed out last night with her piece on the lobbying firm 60 Plus.
The hysteria these lies have created have led to a Four Foot Swastika being painted on the Office Walls of Rep David Scott (D-GA).
I have one small quibble with Keith's comment here, but it's not really his fault. It was only revealed yesteday by kossack booksnmore4you - that while Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin's Administration really DID run a "Death Panel" involving restrictions of care provided to the Elderly.
In one 2 1/2 year stretch, 227 adults already getting services died while waiting for a nurse to reassess their needs. Another 27 died waiting for their initial assessment, to see if they qualified for help.
This came from an initial report last July from the Anchorage Daily News on the massive failings in the Alaska In-Home Care system.
State programs intended to help disabled and elderly Alaskans with daily life -- taking a bath, eating dinner, getting to the bathroom -- are so poorly managed, the state cannot assure the health and well-being of the people they are supposed to serve, a new federal review found.
The situation is so bad the federal government has forbidden the state to sign up new people until the state makes necessary improvements.
No other state in the nation is under such a moratorium, according to a spokeswoman for the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Clearly 99.9% percent of us didn't Rise Up to prevent this - but the Federal Government did. Thank Allah, Vishnu and Jehova for the "Intrusive" Intervention of the Feds.
I would also give her slightly more credit for calling for non-violence at the Town Hall Riots
Also this week, Alaskans will join Senators Murkowski and Begich in town hall meetings to discuss the current health care legislation. There are many disturbing details in the current bill that Washington is trying to rush through Congress, but we must stick to a discussion of the issues and not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment. Such tactics diminish our nation’s civil discourse which we need now more than ever because the fine print in this outrageous health care proposal must be understood clearly and not get lost in conscientious voters’ passion to want to make elected officials hear what we are saying.
But then again this could simply be an elaborate case of C.Y.A.
Let’s not give the proponents of nationalized health care any reason to criticize us
Yeah. You guys don't want to get Criticized for derailing the first real chance at deeply needed Health Care reform in 50 years wouldja? Not like that Scarle Letter "H" branding would ever come out.
A similar call for "calm" (y'know that thing the head of FreedomWorks said couldn't be asked for) has come from Glen Beck ("One Lunatic Like Timothy McVeigh Could Ruin Everything") unfortunately Beck still believes the "Death Panel" claim is true.
Only in Sarah Palin's Alaska Glen... only there.