(11 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
The AP continues its right-wing propagandistic ways, this time asking one of those “hypothetical” questions that the right wing loves to throw out there, you know, the “Is Obama really a Muslim”, or “Is Bill Clinton guilty of rape?” or whatever, you know the drill, it’s something anyone can do, it’s the classic “when did you stop beating your wife?” technique, but nobody does but the right-wing in this country because, well, nobody owns the media in this countyry except the right wing corporate bastards, and the AP is their clearinghouse for this shit.
So today, thanks to EK’s afternoon news digest here, I am presented with this gem:
Health reform: Is tax on ‘Cadillac’ plans fair?
Now, let’s just look at that, shall we, and see how manipulative this headline is. For one, the use of the word “Cadillac”. For years, we were bombarded with accusations of the fictitious “Welfare Queens” who always drove “Cadillacs”, were we not? The word “Cadillac” is used as something unneccesarily luxurious for most people and certainly undeserved I mean, nobody really needs a Cadillac, you can just as easily drive to work in a Kia.
Then there’s the presenting this as a question, which IMPLIES that the answer is “yes”. You know, people with really good health plans don’t deserve them, when other people don’t have such good plans. In fact, the way to deal with the inequality is to REDUCE the health care coverage for those with the unnecessary “Cadillac” coverage, because, well, that will make the needy feel better about their shitty plans.
Never is the question raised “hm, maybe everybody should have good health care, health care that actually doesn’t cost them thousands of dollars a month and actually pays for things that you need”.
No. The only question here is the implied “some people are getting TOO GOOD of health care” and they need to be PUNISHED.
Okay, that’s just the stuff on the surface. Now, reading down the article a bit, we see where this bullshit is actually coming from: A right wing
think tank propaganda factory based in Dallas:
The system has led to “bloated” health benefits for some with coverage for “in vitro fertilization, marriage counseling and acupuncture,” says economist John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis. The Dallas-based conservative think tank favors private solutions over government involvement.
Taxing wealthy Americans to pay for health care – as the House bill would do – is bad for the economy, Goodman said, because it would take money out of the system that could be used to invest in growing businesses.
This is just unbefuckinglievable. Where do these right wingers get off by having any clout with the media? These are the people whose “ideas” almost destroyed the economy of the WORLD. They got us mired down in two unnecessary wars that are BANKRUPTING the nation. Yet these propaganda mills they have the audacity to call “think” tanks? FUCK THEM. We need to go find these fucking “think tanks” and fucking protest outside of them day and night, physically blockade them with our peaceful bodies so no one can go in or out and fucking SHUT THEM DOWN.
These are nothing but propaganda outfits, literally manufacturing propaganda and sending it out to places like the AP as “press releases”. And the complicit AP goes ahead and PRINTS THIS SHIT and passes it off as “news” on services like Yahoo.
And people wonder why this country is so fucked up. THIS is why this country is so fucked up. Because Americans are BRAINWASHED by this SHIT.
Gee, Inky99, why so angry over this? you may ask ….. Well because guess WHO has “Cadillac” health insurance? I do. My insurance is quite similar to that described in the article. Even with this insurance I pay a ton of money for health care in co-pays. I have people in my immediate family with chronic health issues. This year, work has slowed to a standstill and I have made almost no money. If I hadn’t had my insurance still working for me there is absolutely no way I could have paid for any of the health care that these family members need to STAY ALIVE. I will probably lose my insurance very soon, due to the lack of work. We have to work a certain number of hours to get it, and the Unions (bless them!) have just decided to RAISE the number of work hours required by 33.3%. And it’s an all-or-nothing system, you either work that many hours and get insurance, or you work just under it and get nothing. You can miss the required hours by one hour and lose them all.
And they’re calling this “Cadillac” coverage and they want to TAX it? FUCK THEM. What we should be demanding is that everybody has health care LIKE MINE. NOT the other way around.
Fuck these “think tanks” and their propaganda mills. Fuck the AP. Does the article even MENTION who pays for this shti coming out of this Dallas propaganda mill? NO THEY DO NOT. They just print it and treat the people who propagated this bullshit as if their opinion actually counts for something, using the misnomer of a “think tank” like there are people actually “thinking” in these places.
How much more of this crap are we gonna put up with?
Past examples of the AP whoring it up for the Right-Wing:
Other ways we’re brainwashed:
CADILLAC HEALTH CARE FOR ONE AND ALL!!
The Senate has Cadillac health care and WE ALL SHOULD HAVE IT!