Quote of the Day

I don’t know enough about health care to debate it clearly. Nor have I read the bills being proposed (of course, neither have most of the people in Congress but…details).

But I do interact with normal people everyday. Here is the most insightful quote I’ve read about politics, the media, and the average American EVAR.

It points to a political discourse that’s badly broken. But more than anything, it creates an enormous incentive to lie, blatantly and repeatedly, to the public. There are no real penalties, and the number of Americans who’ll believe nonsense skews the debate in the liars’ direction. – Steve Benen

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9 Responses to Quote of the Day

  1. Niall says:

    But aren’t you already the recipient of socialized medicine, as part of the military? What part of the health care debate is most interesting to you, given that fact?

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  2. fastnav says:

    True statement that I have something resembling socialized medicine…

    What’s most interesting to me about the debate is the format of the debate itself. Like the quote says, folks may or may not be entirely truthful when they talk to their supporters about the bill. Consequently, people are running around spouting half-truths as facts and getting quite irate in the public forums.

    I’ve never seen people just outright shout at Congressmen before. It’s interesting…

  3. Niall says:

    Yes it is. I’m concerned that we are only focusing on how to pay for healthcare, not on changing how our healthcare is delivered. I took care of my mother for three years before she died, managing all her healthcare, and it was mindblowing. I learned our healthcare system is entirely doctor-centric, not patient-centric. Medicine in this country is hyper specialized and it’s impossible to get a general overview of what is happening, since any doctor you talk to is responsible for one tiny, micro slice of the problem.

    The other sign of this problem is that in the US you really only have two ways to get medical care: Wait three weeks for doctor appointment or go to the emergency. We have no walk-in clinic options, which exist everywhere else in the developed world.

  4. virgil xenophon says:

    I see FastNav must be on vacation–or laid up drunk somewhere with a blond and a bottle—

    What I find so fascinating about that quote is that, while ABSOLUTELY true as a general rule, used in the context of the article from whence it was excerpted, that truism is used in the furtherance of an abject false-hood, as the article attempts to depict the right as the side taking advantage of this fact–whereas in reality the reverse is true. All of those charges by the right about the fine-print of the Health-care bill are actually–contrary to the article– fairly much on target. The Wash. Monthly and the left are using the simplistic fact that, just because the various proposals do not spell out the words “Death Panels” etc., directly in bold print, that the same effect is not going to be obtained in a round-about way via the myriad fine print, obscure, and purposely vague sub-sections which, in many cases, create vast areas allowing open-ended decision-making, thus giving bureaucrats vast leeway to decide on their own to implement measures not directly spelled out in the bold print of the Act’s Chapter Headings.

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  5. Niall says:

    Don’t insurance companies already function as “death panels”, deciding which treatments you can get, and for how long? Then cancelling your insurance if you are sick too long?

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