I had not intended my July 25 letter to be solely a defense of the Affordable Care Act, but to point out the widespread deception of Mr. (Geoff) Davis and his party, and the unquestioning acceptance of these lies by many people on many issues.
The responses to date have been ad hominem and none contained any facts, much less sources. The responses clearly prove that the modern GOP has an efficient propaganda machine catering to a populace that is either gullible or just too lazy to search for the truth. I provided sources and disparaged no one except our Congressman. Suggestion for future writers: Using Sean Hannity or the Regnery Press as authority does not count. You know who Sean Hannity is. Regnery Press is a right-wing publishing house that prints gutless books with titles such as “Obama: Baby Killer or Godless Terrorist?”
My dentist, the formidable Dr. Jay, made fair criticism — cost and bureaucracy — and noteed that the ACA may or may not work. He also pointed out that neither he nor I have the knowledge or experience to know what the long-term outcome will be — again, more than fair. We do, however, have the means to analyze other systems. Until the ACA, we were the only industrialized country without some type of universal health care. (For an excellent comparison of different systems, see “International Profiles of Health Care Systems [of 13 countries]” at www.commonwealthfund.org.)
I don’t intend to respond to every point of Mr. Vegh’s letter, but I will note that his sentence “[Obamacare takes] away from someone who has earned and giving it to someone whom has not” is not only just plain wrong, it is based on the aphorism that those who are wealthy deserve to be wealthy; those that are poor deserve to be poor. Not all of us that are well-off got there by hard work, nor did those who are less well-off become so because of sloth and laziness. Life is just not that simple — but the modern-day GOP seems to have convinced many of this black and white view of the world. Oh, and the answer to his question is while Bill Clinton was president.
Mrs. Creech wrote “this bill will add …16,000 new IRS agents.” The part that Creech left out is that this army of IRS agents hired to enforce Obamacare will also be trained to give eye exams and diet advice. When I got to the part of the letter where she repeated the IRS agents myth again, I simply stopped reading — and if I were to claim that you have proved my point, this would be the prime example. Why people feel compelled to repeat this lie is baffling. This canard was begun by Newt Gingrich, echoed by Paul Ryan in April 2010, and was quickly debunked.
By the way, can you name one freedom you enjoyed on Jan. 19, 2009, that you are without today?
It is disheartening to watch folks throw up their hands and ask, ‘who are we to believe?’ or say that both sides lie. Of course Democrats have been known to fudge the facts on occasion. But the amount of liberal prevarication does not even come close the to level of dishonesty generated by today’s right-wing fraud machine.
According to Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein (a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think-tank), as written in the Washington Post on April 27: “We have been studying… Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.”
Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, a Republican, wrote in the Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 26, that “[The Republican] party has pitched so far to the extreme right on issues important to women, immigrants, seniors and students that they’ve proven incapable of governing for the people.”
This fall, my home state will once again join the ranks of other states where the voting population remains fixated on the culture wars (“keep ‘em thinkin’ about God, guns and gays”) and aligns with the party that will ultimately double-cross those same voters on pocketbook issues. The number of people willing, even eager, to vote against their own economic interests is staggering. If you are a woman, a member of a minority, a small farmer, or if you work for an hourly wage in an office or factory and vote Republican, I simply don’t know what to tell you. You will not “save America” by voting against the Kenyan socialist and all of the evils you have been led to believe he stands for. You will save the country by turning off Fox News and going to the library.
Joseph S. Yates