From a North Dakota citizen, the message is that the Republicans are lying to you.
Fear mongers poison the debate: Recent fear-mongering and demagoguery by right-wing opposition groups to health care reform represents politics at its worst.
By: Rich Winning, Valley City, N.D.
Recent fear-mongering and demagoguery by right-wing opposition groups to health care reform represents politics at its worst. Public acceptance of right-wing misrepresentation and falsehoods regarding the health care reform bring to mind the late President John F. Kennedy’s statement about “the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”
A careful examination of the health care reform package will show that it does none of the ominous things current political ads claim. Efforts at extending health care coverage to more people and at the same time bringing needed reforms to that industry without excessive increases in the national debt are in our national interest. Failure to act on these reforms will lead to far worse consequences for our nation.
Those who are responsible for recent attack ads on Canadian, British and other health care systems should consider the fact that according to both the United Nations Population Division and the CIA World Factbook, all of the countries attacked in these ads have longer life expectancy and lower infant mortality rates than the United States. Maybe we should learn something about health care from them.