On the day after the House passage of health care reform, denial is running rampant through the right wing. Sarah Palin took to her Facebook page today to continue to lie about health care reform. She said, “It was supposed to make health care more affordable, but our premiums will continue to go up. It was supposed to help more people get coverage, but there will still be 23 million uninsured people by 2019.” Of course, none of this is true.
Like a good little drone Palin stuck to the talking points that the bill increase taxes and the size of government, “Though Obamacare will inflict billions in new taxes on individuals and employers, at least it creates some jobs: the IRS might have to hire as many as 16,000 new employees to enforce all the new taxes and penalties the bill calls for! And that doesn’t include all the other government jobs from the 159 new agencies, panels, commissions and departments this bill will create. As the private sector shrinks, we can count on government to keep growing along with the deficits needed to keep it all afloat. (Is this the kind of “change” Americans asked for?)”
The lies got even deeper, “In the end, this unsustainable bill jeopardizes the very thing it was supposed to fix – our health care system. Somewhere along the way we forgot that health care reform is about doctors and patients, not the IRS and politicians. Instead of helping doctors with tort reform, this bill has made primary care physicians think about getting out of medicine. It was supposed to make health care more affordable, but our premiums will continue to go up. It was supposed to help more people get coverage, but there will still be 23 million uninsured people by 2019.”
She also claimed that the CBO score was rigged, and threatened the pro-life Democrats who supported the bill, “Though they’d like us to forget, we will remember the corrupt deals, the corrupt process, the lack of transparency, the deceptive gimmicks to game the CBO score, and the utter disregard for the will of the American people. Elections have consequences, and we won’t forget those who promised to hold firm against government funding of abortion, but caved at the last minute in exchange for a non-binding executive order promised by the most pro-abortion president to ever occupy the White House.”
She also wants her America back….again, “This is just the beginning of our efforts to take back our country. Consider yesterday’s vote a clarion call and a spur to action. We will not let America sink into further debt without a fight. We will not abandon the American dream to government dependency, fewer freedoms and less opportunity. Change is made at the ballot box. If we work together, we can renew our optimistic pioneering spirit, revive our economy, and restore constitutional limits.”
None of her points are true, but when has Palin let something like the facts get in the way of her own desperate attempts to stay relevant? Every single one of Palin’s points was refuted yesterday during the floor debate, which Sarah might have known about if she would have watched it. She almost certainly watched Fox News’ coverage which may account for why she is grossly misinformed. Every point that she made in her post was an old tired talking point. She did not have a single original idea. Everything had been fed to her, and like a good little parrot she repeats what she is told.
I hope that the GOP follows Palin’s advice and runs on health care in November. Republicans should forget about discussing the reasons why people are hurting and continue to repeat two year old talking points. If they do as Palin suggests they will be handing the election to Democrats on a silver platter. No Republican should take campaign advice from a woman who found the pressure of the Alaska governorship so intense that she could not finish out one term. Palin is good at quitting and self promotion. Any Republican who takes her advice will get what they deserve in November
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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