Joseph Farah’s Amazing Technicolor Dishonesty


Sometimes you just have to shake your head at how irrational and/or dishonest wingnuts can be. Case in point, Joseph Farah’s column about the appalling situation in Utah where kids had their school lunches thrown in the trash. In Farah’s world, this is proof…of the dangers of Obamacare. I wish I were making that up, but he appears to be serious.

It’s unfortunate – even tragic – that more and more Americans depend so heavily on government support. Many of them truly believe the government will always be there for them – that somehow they are safer and more secure depending on government than their own resources and sense of self-sufficiency.

This case is just one example of how wrong that perception is.

America is nearing the point of no return if we haven’t reached it already.

Now the health-care system – which is a matter of life and death for all Americans – is being taken over by the state.

No it’s not. We don’t even have a public option, much less a single payer, nationalized health care system. We now have a system of subsidized private insurance. This is a textbook example of Big Lie propaganda — keep repeating it no matter how obviously false it is.

What if you miss a premium payment?

Under the old system, Americans were never turned away from health care. What happens when the state has a monopoly over health care?

I’ll type this slowly so Farah can understand it: The same thing happens when you miss a premium payment today as happened before Obamacare — you get your policy canceled. You know why? Because it’s a private fucking insurance policy. But guess what? The subsidies make it much less likely that someone will miss a premium payment. And if you really believe that “under the old system, American were never turned away from health care,” you’re even more delusional than I thought.

Comments

  1. keithb says

    I think these guys are just clueless. When I was going through my cancer treatment it was heartbreaking to hear the struggles others went through who did not have insurance, or were on Medicaid.

  2. dingojack says

    Joseph Farah’s Amazing Technicolor Dishonesty

    Surely you mean ‘Farah’s technicolour yawn’*

    Dingo
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    * ‘technicolour yawn’ = to vomit (often due to extreme alcohol (or drug) intoxication)

  3. Synfandel says

    I sometimes wonder what American society would look like today if the inauguration of the president of hope had not coincided with the vote-against-everything-while-sticking-your-fingers-in-your-ears-and-shouting-la-la-la-la Congress. President Obama has been very (too!) willing to compromise in order get a deal, but what if he hadn’t had to compromise so much?

  4. says

    He’s right. Now, if you don’t pay your school lunch tab, the government-controlled government employees of government schools will make you watch while they throw your lunch away. Under Obamacare if you don’t pay your insurance tab the government will do the exact same thing! Imagine how crushing it will be to be sitting in the hospital and watch the staff throw away your lunch!

     

    Under the old system, Americans were never turned away from health care.

    Moochers!

     

    What happens when the state has a monopoly over health care?

    It’ll be like Britain?

  5. cptdoom says

    IIRC, the children whose food was thrown out were behind on their bills, not getting government subsidies. Their parents hadn’t paid, that’s why the food was thrown out (still an evil thing to do on the part of the school, but nothing to do with government subsidy).

  6. Nemo says

    I’ve filtered this through my right-wing speech processors to extract the likely meaning:

    “Under the old system, rich Americans were never turned away from health care.”

    The other kind don’t count.

    Never mind for the moment that Obamacare doesn’t actually socialize anything very much; that’s always been the right’s image of it, of its ultimate goal, if not its present reality.

    So, what’s so scary about socialized medicine, anyway? To me, socialized medicine means that people who don’t presently get care, would get it. To a right-winger, it means largely the same thing — but they see that as a zero-sum game. They believe health care is a limited resource, and if it’s no longer allocated according to wealth, it will be apportioned by some other method (like the seriousness of a person’s condition), and the wealthy might lose out. That’s what they mean by “rationed care”.

    If they were able to listen to reason, we could point out that, even in a health care system as socialized as Britain’s, private health insurance still exists — just as a premium over the NHS, like (U.S.) private schools supposedly offer over public schools.

  7. had3 says

    Somalia. Just move to Somalia if you want as little government interference as possible.one would think every right winger millionaire would hold that country out as an example of the perfect limited government country: and yet, they never do.

  8. Freodin says

    Under the old system, Americans were never turned away from health care.

    Now why does the name “Allan Glenn” suddenly comes to my mind?

  9. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @7.Modusoperandi :

    “What happens when the state has a monopoly over health care?”

    It’ll be like Britain?

    And Australia and probably a few other nations. (Even including Cuba?)

  10. caseloweraz says

    Farah: Under the old system, Americans were never turned away from health care.

    Sure — just like that guy in Colorado Springs whose house the municipal fire department allowed to burn because he hadn’t paid his public safety fee ($75, IIRC). Because the local government had abandoned free-market principles. If they had held to those principles, the fire department would have saved his house even though he hadn’t paid his protection money fee.

    Oh, wait.

  11. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @6.Synfandel :

    I sometimes wonder what American society would look like today if the inauguration of the president of hope had not coincided with the vote-against-everything-while-sticking-your-fingers-in-your-ears-and-shouting-la-la-la-la Congress. President Obama has been very (too!) willing to compromise in order get a deal, but what if he hadn’t had to compromise so much?

    Yes. Also what if Hilary Clinton had been in charge instead of Obama having her beat him in the 2008 nominations would things be as bad or better?

    Or, most of all, what if Al Gore had won the 2000 election instead of George Bush the Second? That’d likely be a very different world again.

    Aside from use in alternative history novels though, such wishes and thoughts don’t get us very far and we’ll never know.

    Unless you have a time machine that can change the past handy and care to make a demo and the world better?

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