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Discuss amongst yourselves. Here's a topic.
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Quote from: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/Facts-Are-Stubborn-Things/

"There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov."

From a sympathetic view, I can see how they might mean this to imply that they can refute misinformation, because there's a TON out there. There are piles of blogs, news outlets, etc that keep talking about how this and that are happening when they're not. Lots and lots of lies.

From the opposite view, this quote comes across as Facist. Truly, it sounds similar to "If you know anyone who's hiding Jews, let us know. It's for everyone's best interests, we promise."

The current administration needs to be better at Public Relations than this, because this is a pretty big political battle.

Anyway, a good discussion regarding the health insurance misinformation is here:
http://pleasecutthecrap.typepad.com/main/2009/07/deconstructing-the-right-wing-lies-health-bill.html

It's a 3 part rebuttal of misinformation, and has links to the actual bill, and the articles which it's refuting.


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I didn't think much about this when I heard people on the mid-to-right side of things getting all huffy and sweaty about it. But now that I've actually read the text, holy shit, that's bad.

"Principal Obama doesn't have the time to listen in on everybody and correct them when they use naughty language or spread rumors about him. Do your part and report your friends when they do things you're pretty sure he wouldn't like."

The fact that they aren't going to explicitly outlaw private coverage doesn't mean that the new plan won't make it prohibitively expensive to operate. I find it hard to believe that the administration is not aware of that as a possibility.

And yeah, I agree with you on their wording. Let's all be good little government watchdogs, now.

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