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White House Sending Health Care Counterspin Through Cyberspace

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Posted on Aug 13, 2009
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The Obama administration is working to counter the myths about health care reform currently ricocheting around the Web, particularly those recently generated by a certain Alaska ex-governor, by attempting to kick another chain e-mail phenomenon into motion.  —KA

Washington Post:

In an e-mail to supporters that was posted on the White House Web site Thursday morning, David Axelrod, a senior adviser to President Obama, charged that the effort’s critics are spreading “all sorts of lies and distortions” through “viral e-mails.” He urged supporters to help start “a chain e-mail of our own” to rebut what Obama has called “these wild misrepresentations that bear no resemblance to anything that’s actually been proposed.”

The e-mail lists eight ways that “reform provides security and stability to people with or without health insurance coverage,” eight “common myths about health insurance reform” and eight reasons that reform is needed “now.”

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By Hulk2008, August 14, 2009 at 7:43 am Link to this comment

The other thing that Europeans and the Japanese and many others have benefitted from is the fact that they have not dumped huge chunks of their GDP into the military.  While the US and Russia and China have poured quadrillions into the ability to kill off humanity 50 times, the rest of the world have re-directed their cash into domestic needs. 
  If the US would get smarter about military spending (not to mention cutting back actual conflicts) and re-direct the money into R & D, Americans would rebuild manufacturing, infrastructure, and save the environment.
  If homeowners emulated our government’s military approach, we would all be living in bomb-proof underground bastions with weaponry capable of wiping out entire neighborhoods.
  As wonderful as health-care-for-all is as a concept, the money is going elsewhere.  e.g. the kind folks in Rep. Broun’s district would rather wipe out their fellow citizens in the other 49 States.

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By Brittanicus, August 13, 2009 at 6:34 pm Link to this comment
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For decades Europe has been a beneficiary of excellent nationwide health care. It wasn’t until the early 1960’s that the English/British single payer system started to erode. This was caused be the introduction of legal immigration imported to drive London Buses and work on the railways. Deterioration has increased since the inception of the European Parliament dictates of the free flow of immigrants from impoverished nations of Northern Europe that has overrun the health care system. When I lived in England their was no co-pays, deductions or premiums, just insurance stamps that the employer and employee paid. I received 3 surgeries with no further cost to me. There was no anguish about debt collectors calling or ending up in front of a bankruptcy judge. As a child and a young man I choose my doctor and received eye and dentistry visits free of charges.

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