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October 15, 2009

What an Honest Politician Would Tell American About Health Care Reform

I'll actually give you a speech made up entirely, almost on the spur of the moment, of what a candidate for president would say if that candidate did not care about becoming president. In other words, this is what the truth is and a candidate will never say, but what a candidate should say if we were in the kind of democracy where citizens were honored in terms of their practice of citizenship and they were educated in terms of what the issues were and they could separate myth from reality in terms of what candidates would tell them:

"Thank you so much for coming this afternoon. I'm so glad to see you and I would like to be president. Let me tell you a few things on health care. Look, we have the only health care system in the world that is designed to avoid sick people. And that's true and what I'm going to do is that I am going try to reorganize it to be more amenable to treating sick people but that means you, particularly you young people, particularly you young healthy people...you're going to have to pay more.

"Thank you. And by the way, we're going to have to, if you're very old, we're not going to give you all that technology and all those drugs for the last couple of years of your life to keep you maybe going for another couple of months. It's too expensive...so we're going to let you die."

... "Also I'm going to use the bargaining leverage of the federal government in terms of Medicare, Medicaid---we already have a lot of bargaining leverage---to force drug companies and insurance companies and medical suppliers to reduce their costs. What that means, less innovation and that means less new products and less new drugs on the market which means you are probably not going to live much longer than your parents. Thank you."

- Robert Reich

Of course, Reich's succinctly honest summary of what he called "the truth about health care reform" was nowhere in evidence when he made this video in support of the public option:

I guess "the truth" is less important than warning Americans not to believe the "myths" you warned them about in 2007. And don't even get me started on the lies about Canadian health care:

Posted by Cassandra at October 15, 2009 08:00 AM

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Honest politician? Isn't that an oxymoron? Might as well describe a square circle.

Posted by: a former european at October 15, 2009 01:49 PM

Not quite an oxymoron, but close; definitely an endangered species, tho'...

Posted by: camojack at October 16, 2009 03:56 AM