Dumbest Arguments Against Health Reform

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2009 2:04 PM CDT
Dumbest Arguments Against Health Reform
President Barack Obama.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – “The opponents of reform are getting serious now,” Paul Waldman writes of the health care debate for the American Prospect, “and they've turned the volume on their megaphones of mendacity up to 11.” Herewith, some of the most cringe-inducing arguments against:

  • It's not broken: Progressives dismiss this out of hand, but it's "not a practical argument—it's a moral argument," Waldman writes. "If a captain of industry can't buy better health care than the guy who cuts his lawn can, then the world just isn't functioning as it should."

  • It's going too fast: "Why? It isn't as though these GOP members of Congress have been pulling one all-nighter after another hammering out details of reform, and they just need a couple more weeks to get all their work done."
  • Sometimes completely socialized health care fails people: Sure, but "nothing remotely like that is being debated here. This argument is like saying that you shouldn't buy a Honda because Volkswagens don't get good gas mileage."
  • A government bureaucrat between you and your doctor: "Much better to have your care controlled by an entire team of insurance-company bureaucrats, whose bonuses and promotions depend on denying your claims and limiting your care."
  • "Obama's plan is gonna kill you": "This is the level of absurdity to which conservatives have actually descended."
For the full list, click the link below.
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