In the GOP’s great war of misinformation about the recent health care reform bill that President Obama and the Democrats just signed into law, it’s been fairly obvious that a lot of people out there have strong opinions about the bill, but have never actually read a word of it. Too many people are getting their talking points from Fox News (who couldn’t be trusted with a weather forecast) or widely distributed e-mails that are making the wildest claims. “Death panels”, anyone? One recent lie is that the new law will require health insurers to provide Viagra for rapists and pedophiles.
It’s unbelievable that people are willing to believe the most outrageous lies, simply because they want to. Thomas Jefferson once said, “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” But what happens when the people are mis-informed? What happens when the under-educated are mis-informed and base their political decisions, and votes, upon lies and distortions?
Well, here’s your chance to educate yourself about the reality of health care reform. Turn off Fox News and actually read the bill. You might be surprised to discover that there’s nothing in there about “Death Panels”, and there’s nothing in there about providing Viagra to child molesters. Honestly, what kind of idiot believes junk like that anyway?