Halloween. What an annoying time of year. There are the innocent children dressed by their overzealous parents in costumes ranging from silly to sexy, harassing me for candy and invading my personal home space. Then there are the people decorating their yards with scary ghosts, goblins, and dead dummies, making it virtually impossible for me to take my three year-old daughter on a nice stroll through our usually unassuming neighborhood without freaking her out.
I’m more aggravated though about how some political circles have spooked the health reform debate. It’s a perfect horror movie with serial killers of anything Obama, scare tactics aimed to torment and take advantage of citizens who are vulnerable and unlearned about a complex issue, and gangbangers of a majority party unwilling to compromise for bipartisanship.
Take for instance some of the absurd television and internet ads on health reform. One ad claims that 300,000 women will die from breast cancer if health reform legislation is passed. An online ad claims that in Massachusetts, you can go to jail if you don’t have the right health care insurance.
And vocal anti-reform providers are scaring people even more. I participated in a recent panel discussion on health reform and afterwards, a businesswoman expressed fear of reform because a physician who had just worked to revive her 7 year-old niece from a deadly aneurism told her that her niece would have died had health reform been in effect because quality of care would be compromised.
“Government takeover,” “no choice,” and “death panels” are frightening concepts for most Americans. Check out this sample of scary lies from the debate, courtesy of Politifact.com, an independent fact-checking website:
- Forty-five percent of doctors “say they’ll quit” if health care reform passes,” Glenn Beck.
- “President Obama . . . wants to mandate circumcision,” Rush Limbaugh.
- Seniors and the disabled “will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care,” Sarah Palin.
- The Baucus health care bill “could be used to ban guns in home self-defense,” Gun Owners of America.
And because I’m an equal opportunity blogger:
- “Insurers delayed an Illinois man’s treatment, “and he died because of it,” President Obama.
Research into this claim from our President revealed that the insurer’s decision was reversed and this man lived three more years.
It is so unfortunate that debate over something so vital to the well-being and moral fiber of our nation has become so stupid. I’d like to get in on this tomfoolery though, so in the spirit of Halloween, health reform and the recent release of Michael Jackson’s rehearsal documentary “This Is It,” I’ve remixed the infamous Halloween theme song, “Thriller.” Enjoy.
It’s close to Christmas Recess and something false is lurking on the Hill
Then on your TV screen, you see an ad that almost makes you shrill
You try to scream, but terror takes the sound before you make it
You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes
They’ll make you be euthanized
‘Cause this is thriller, thriller night
And the Dems aint gonna save you from the rationing ‘bout to strike
You know it’s thriller, thriller night
They’re voting for your life inside a killer, thriller tonight
If only this health reform horror could disappear on November 1 like Halloween’s ghosts, goblins and dead dummies.
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