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Obamacare Is Not Going to Hurt Grandma

The conservative attack on Obamacare has been a string of subversive lies meant to undermine the United States’ first real attempt at regulating the healthcare industry. From the beginning, Republican and libertarian conservatives screamed that the money to fund the ACA would be stolen from Medicare and that senior citizens would pay the price in less services. This misrepresentation of the facts was successful in engaging a large section of their conservative base.

Go on any conservative website with a story about Obamacare and scan for comments about the negative affects Obamacare has had on Medicare and the people who depend on those services. The falsehoods embraced by the senior citizen demographic is staggering. Twenty percent of the United States population receives some kind of Social Security benefit. Historically this has been a big conservative voting block and conservative mouthpieces have never missed a chance to defraud them by lies, while using intimidation to promote fear and anger.

Liberals, on the other hand, have never been very good at promoting and marketing our values. We need to start steering this ship with bold strokes and stop choking on minutia. On this one issue we have command of the ship, in spite of the crew threatening mutiny at every turn. Affordable healthcare is here, in all its pathetic patch-worked glory. As true liberal activists we should be defending the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Don’t be afraid of failure because it didn’t launch perfectly. There are several benefits of the ACA that have enhanced Medicare since 2010, but most seniors don’t even know they can thank the ACA.

We should be thankful this day has finally come and stop acting embarrassed. We don’t need to make excuses for the ACA. It has survived unprecedented assault by conservative lawmakers. This entire process of implementation has been overshadowed by the constant barrage of threats by conservative coalitions. Yet, still it survives!

Thousands of devoted liberal-minded people have worked countless hours to pry open the door to affordable healthcare for the people of the United States. Many of those devoted to this cause did not live to see it implemented. It is far from perfect. It may be more like a boat than a ship, but it is ours! We played capture the flag on this issue with the conservatives for more than 100 years. We won. We won graciously. Liberals gave conservatives the national healthcare plan THEY wanted, even if they do call it Obamacare. We didn’t stand up for what we really wanted, which was common sense, across-the-board fairness, when it comes to healthcare in the United States. This was our compromise with conservatives and they threw it in our faces, denouncing what was, in reality, their own ideas. True liberal values means we keep fighting misinformation, we keep explaining and sharing the best data we have. We correct our mistakes. We keep working for the betterment of our country and its future.

 

Time Magazine Just Can’t Get Off The False Equivalence Bandwagon

I am soooooo glad I canceled my subscription to Time. Their dedication to both side-ism borders on lunacy. Take, for instance, this article by Eric Liu in which he makes the claim that Millenials are budding little Libertarians:

But the reality turns out to be more complicated. This generation is not just an army-in-waiting for big-government liberals. A closer look at their attitudes and actions reveals, in fact, that Millennials approach politics and government in ways that just might lead us out of today’s intractable gridlock.

For one thing, as the pollster Anna Greenberg has shown, Millennials actually have a skeptical and even cynical view of the biggest parts of big government: Social Security and Medicare. They don’t expect either entitlement to be there for them so they are surprisingly open to privatizing the programs and rewriting these core parts of the Great Society social contract.

Ummmm…yeah because the GOP has been lying through their teeth since before they were born. Millenials have been hearing their whole life that it won’t be there. Here’s a shocking bit of news, though: It’s not true. Even more shocking: as they get older and realize that, holy cow!, Social Security and Medicare aren’t actually going anywhere, they’ll be even less inclined to privatize it. Why? Because Millenials also have a deep mistrust of corporations based on life experience of being treated like a “human resource.” Also, let’s not forget the scars of the Wall Street bail out. Corporate greed and incompetence precipitated the Great Recession. The rich and powerful proved they cannot be trusted with the economy which makes the next statement patently absurd:

Moreover, as both fans and critics of Ron and Rand Paul like to point out, college kids seem to be the most ardent supporters of the Libertarian Party’s don’t-tell-me-what-to-do politics. While on issues like marriage equality this can make them seem liberal, on issues of taxation and government regulation it doesn’t.

Yes, they don’t want to be told not to smoke pot and, hey, why are you taxing me? But would this extend to “Don’t regulate corporations! That’s not freedom!”? Bullshit it would. See the previous part about regulations. Oh yeah, once they understand what it is their taxes pay for? Don’t expect a lot of libertarian whiny selfishness.

But Liu crowns off his lack of understanding of what the left stands for with this little gem:

But even more significant than their attitudes is the fact that Millennials are growing up in a social and technological milieu that is dismissive of large top-down institutions and in many ways hostile to elite power concentration. This is the most networked generation in American history, digitally and temperamentally. They crowdfund charitable causes more readily than they go to fundraisers. They share illegally downloaded music and movies even if the labels and studios don’t want them to. They volunteer with friends and social peers more than they participate in traditional political action.

Wow. So let me see if I understand this: The generation that is LEAST interested in being an island unto themselves is going to reject the liberal philosophy of “we’re all in this together?” Medicare and Social Security are the ultimate expression of community.

It’s clear to me that this is the usual “Democrats need to move to the middle” crap that Time usually peddles. The Democrats already ARE at the center. FFS, they’re slightly to the right of center! What Time can never seem to openly discuss is that the GOP has gone to the far edge of what was once its fringe. Ronald Reagan, the patron saint of conservatism, literally could not win even a state legislator’s seat in today’s GOP. He’s waaaaaay too far to the left for the current conservative movement.

Millenials aren’t going to reject both parties. They’re going to look at the GOP and be repulsed by everything they stand for. Then they’re going to look at the Democratic Party and see the potential for doing the great things they dream of. All they have to do is push out the old money and corrupting influence of corporate interests.

The Democratic Party is a fixer upper. The GOP is the smoking wreck of a burnt out crack house. Nice try Time. You suck.