I like to see the best in everyone, but when I follow some of the "town hall" meetings on health care reform, I have to ask... Are Americans really stupid? What is with the recent town hall meeting in South Carolina where an elderly man stood up and told his Congressman to "keep your government hands off my Medicare."
Huh? Buddy, I got news for you. The government is the "single payer" for your Medicare benefits. The government already decides what it will pay for or not. The government already has a bizarre formula for reimbursing doctors and hospitals. Every young worker under the age of 65 is paying every month for your Medicare so you can go to any doctor or hospital you want.
Mr. Ignorant, I have a question for you; "Do you want to give up Medicare and buy some insurance on the open market, like the rest of us suckers?"
I flipped on Fox news last night (Yikes!) and watched a rally in San Diego. Someone said health care reform would make them "go before a government board to determine if they can get a test". The government will take your "life and death decisions into their own hands. " "He (Obama) wants to ram this down the throats of the American people without any debate."
Without any debate!
Bill Maher (of HBOs "Real Time with Bill Maher") comes up with New Rules. Read his latest for a laugh and a cry on how stupid Americans can actually be. My favorite quote from his New Rules on stupid Americans is:
"And these are the idiots we want to weigh in on the minutia of health care policy? Please, this country is like a college chick after two Long Island Iced Teas: we can be talked into anything, like wars, and we can be talked out of anything, like health care. We should forget town halls, and replace them with study halls. There's a lot of populist anger directed towards Washington, but you know who concerned citizens should be most angry at? Their fellow citizens. "Inside the beltway" thinking may be wrong, but at least it's thinking, which is more than you can say for what's going on outside the beltway.
And if you want to call me an elitist for this, I say thank you. Yes, I want decisions made by an elite group of people who know what they're talking about. That means Obama budget director Peter Orszag, not Sarah Palin"