Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Bullshit. It's what's for dinner.
You know, waiting for this country to grow the fuck up is, in itself, getting old.
I don't mind a difference of opinion. As Mark Twain said, that's what makes horse races. But sweet Jesus, if you're going to feed me bullshit, at least make an effort, will ya?
Take this commercial. I've been in advertising a long time and one of the first lessons you learn is not to lie. You play up your client's good points and play down their bad, and if you go negative, you tell the truth because someone's going to check.
But that rule doesn't apply in politics.
The ad says that with a public option, there are no guarantees you'll keep your doctor, no guarantees there won't be longer waits, no guarantees you won't lose your current insurance, and no guarantees you won't get ass-raped by a bunch of Ayn Rand conservative fucks in $3000 suits.
Here's a big, fat news item for ya, buttwad - There are no guarantees from anyone. If you think your current health insurance company is making those guarantees, I know a guy who can make you a Nigerian millionaire.
But, to be fair, they're not targeting me with this ad. They're targeting the same angry white people who think Obama is a muslim and Rush Limbaugh has their best interests at heart - idiots, mouth-breathers and the recently institutionalized.
The commercial is paid for by Conservatives for Patients' Rights, a group of right wingers who care as much about patients' rights as Michael Vick cares about puppies.
Why do I think that? Well, let's take a look at the person behind CPR. His name is Rick Scott, the man who founded the for-profit hospital chain, Columbia/HCA. Rick made mega-millions off the sick and then bolted out the back door just before the feds busted in the front and charged Columbia/HCA with numerous counts of Medicare, Medicaid and military health care fraud.
That's right. Rick Scott's company stole millions from taxpayers, old people, sick people and the military. Columbia/HCA was eventually found guilty of 14 felony counts and forced to pay $1.7 billion in fines.
Now there's a fine, upstanding patriotic American company, founded by a fine, upstanding American patriot.
Rick Scott and his Republican fellators in Congress promise you that government run health care won't work and they're just the guys to prove it.
As an aside, Conservatives for Patients' Rights is being fronted by the same PR firm who brought you that steaming bowl of bullshit called the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
May they burn in hell.