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Accountability for Health Care Opponents

Now that the Democrats health care bill has finally been signed into law, will there be any meaningful consequences for those who lied about this historic legislation?   Many of health care’s Republican opponents were attempting to persuade the American people that they should reject this law based on politically motivated distortions.    Their many purposeful lies and slanderous mischaracterizations frequently manifested themselves as little more then politics by deception and appeals to fear!  In one of the most glaring examples of their aversion to facts and intentional deceit, Republicans and their media acolytes routinely claimed that the Democratic health plan would ruin the “best health care system in the world”!  

Unfortunately for the American people, the current health care system is only  considered the best health care system in the world by those people who don’t equally value all Americans, by those who don’t consider how health outcomes in America compare to those obtained by the rest of the industrialized world (which all provide universal health care) and by those who ignore how much Americans pay for those outcomes!      While there is no doubt that America is home to the best doctors, medical institutions and technology, 47 million Americans don’t have access to healthcare (45,000 die annually as a result)!   As if that wasn’t a sufficiently compelling indictment of the system, Americans pay nearly double what most of the world pays for their health care (on a per capita basis) and Americans have poorer health care outcomes!  

The aforementioned facts notwithstanding, Republicans and other opponents of “Obamacare” (as they call it) are provided wide latitude by their enabling poodles in the broadcast media to make their self serving and factually challenged claims.   The motive for health care’s political opponents to make these bogus claims is transparently corrupt and politically partisan.   Similarly, the equally transparent motive for the broadcast media to enable and amplify these outlandish claims is created by the financial benefits they receive from the health care and pharmaceutical industries!   Our highly compensated media super stars (the blabberatti) who host America’s most influential news programs aren’t concerned with anything except increasing their shows ratings and collecting their fat pay checks (and kick backs)!   As a result, they enable politicians to engage in provocative chatter and salacious (and baseless) accusations as a way to fan the flames of partisan conflict.   Network news executives know that this will entices viewers to watch their programs in much the same way fist fights entice viewers to watch Hockey games and horrific accidents attract viewers to Auto Racing!   Thus, the broadcast media’s desire to attract viewers and the advertising dollars that follow them supersedes their interest in providing useful information to their viewers!  

That being said, shouldn’t the Democrats, non-partisan institutions of our government (the FCC), or the more responsible and diverse print media push back against this madness?    When one considers how outrageously unfounded some of these accusations about the new law have been and how these unprincipled and intentionally misleading critiques have been transmitted via the public’s airwaves without even a pretense of fact checking, shouldn’t there be some public or private institution willing to hold these political fear mongers and their media enablers accountable?  

Several months ago, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley intentionally terrorized his supporters by telling them that he wouldn’t support the bill because it would somehow result in granny being killed by the Death Panels!   This fable was repeated all over cable and broad cast news programs as distracted and disinterested “journalist” pretended not to notice the baseless-ness of this absurd slander!   In a rational world, one might think that the people who host these “news” programs would expect, if not demand, that their guest demonstrate some measure of respect for their audiences and refrain from purposefully spreading such salacious and terrifying lies .   Unfortunately, ours is not a rational world!  There are no death panels in the new health care law and those who said that there were knew that those allegations were false when they made them!   They were simply trying to frighten the public into supporting their political position!   This is the definition of terrorism!  As a direct penalty for spreading this intentional falsehood, shouldn’t these shameless fear merchants be banned from appearing on the public’s airwaves and be exposed as the lying terrorist that they are?          

Much to the consternation of Congressional Republicans, news programs, unlike Hockey games or auto races, are not intended to provide entertainment.   The primary purpose of news programs is to inform viewers about what’s actually happening (you know, the news).   If an informed public is essential for the proper functioning of a Democracy and the rampant spreading of disinformation damages the democratic process, shouldn’t there be some penalty for people (except Jon Stewart) who purposely engage in the dissemination of disinformation (fake news)?  

This is not to suggest that the grand mother killing/Death Panels farce was the only intentionally misleading statement that opponents of health care engaged in, but it’s the only one for which there doesn’t even exist the wiggle room of plausible deniability!  That slippery term has come to define the rhetorical default position of today’s Republican Party!   An opponent of health care who has characterized the policy as a big government take over can plausibly argue that new government regulations are the big government take over of which they were complaining.    Of course, this isn’t what they intended when they made this claim, but since the law contains no government insurance plan (public option); all they are left with is an attack on the regulations the government will impose on insurers.  Complicating things for the GOP, the government regulations (i.e. banning pre-existing conditions) that have caused them to become so unhinged and irrational are popular with the American people.   So, rather then joining their brethren in the “Death Panel” brazen liars club, their barely plausible explanations for many of their misleading “half truths” leaves them opposing something that the public overwhelmingly supports!   Not even Frank Luntz can help them out of this one!


  • In Concert 5 years ago

    Speaking of accountability,
    Are you the same Michael McFadden who sucked the equity out of his home in Baltimore by repeatedly refinancing, whose home is now in foreclosure and who is now hiding at his Mother's house? Maybe that was the work of some nefarious lender who preys upon the ignorant and unwary? Are you the same Michael McFadden who is being sued by credit card companies for unpaid balances in the tens of thousands of dollars? Maybe that is the fault of someone other than yourself too? Maybe it's time to own up to who you really are and stop the self serving claptrap you scribble here.

    You pretend to like facts. What are the facts regarding your various legal problems? Your readers should know who you really are.

    Are you going to dodge these facts too?

  • Mark 5 years ago

    The lies are all coming from the left. Thank God we live in a world where we at least get to read what's been shoved down America's throat over the objections of 60-70% of the American people. Obama's been lying and tap dancing around the truth ever since the campaign. Lots to fix after 2012 but it will be done.

    So, are you that Michael McFadden ? Like I said on your last post it would go a long way to explaining your derangement. Sorry you screwed your life up so bad (really) but that does not give you the right to help eff up everyone else's too by posting the garbage you post. The left gets their way only thru lies. It's not something to be proud of Mikey.

  • herb 5 years ago

    Wow, looks like you are being exposed personally, your claims are all crap too.......when will Obama microchip you Michael? It's in the bill.....and so is the regulation and rationing of healthcare to older people, call it whatever you want, but it's there!

  • How do you like your tea? 5 years ago

    Here is VIDEO proof of a black racist Harry Reid supporter throwing eggs at the Tea Party bus in Nevada Saturday. Funny how THIS story is missing from the fascist press like yourself.

    And HERE is a photographic comparison of the Tea party in Nevada and the leftists in LA at protests.

    Who would YOU rather have for dinner?

  • herb 5 years ago

    thanks for the tip In Concert here's the link


    pretty funny

  • How do you like your tea? 5 years ago

    Do we look on the Judicial Website for this Examiners REAL self?

  • herb 5 years ago

    I just searched google for Michael G McFadden and Baltimore Sun, which he says in his bio he wrote for, and all I see is OP-Ed that what you consider writing for the Sun?

  • The Liberal Examiner 5 years ago

    In Concert, I'm not this person, and considering your ability to convince people that I am, I'm really glad you haven't accused him of being a Pedophile. I'm also kinda shocked that the Examiner has allowed all these personal attacks. I guess you have a score to settle with this person and we apparently share the same name. Still, I have no clue what this has to do with what I wrote. Perhaps there really are death panels!

  • In Concert 5 years ago

    "Oh what a tangled web we weave..."

    Is the picture above your column an actual picture of you or is it some other Michael G. McFadden?

  • Mark 5 years ago

    Yeah right, Mikey. And I'm the Easter Bunny !!!!!!!

    Tangled web, indeed !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • herb 5 years ago

    Wow two different Michael G McFaddens in the same try!

  • In Concert 5 years ago

    The gig is up! Your photo did you in!
    Your former neighbors say you always were trying to be something you were not. They point to similarly ridiculous rants you posted on the ButcherHill Yahoo group listserv.
    Why not come clean? Perhaps it's time for the Examiner folks to discover who you really are.

  • done in 5 years ago

    First you make us liberals look bad with your illogical, inflated, juvenile prose and now seemingly there is proof that you are also an unethical liar (maybe even a criminal)! Even some of the most despicable among us have issued their mea culpas and slunk off to a month in Liars rehab. Perhaps that takes
    more integrity than you possess.
    Your silence on the matter grows louder,,, and louder...

  • Liberal voice 5 years ago

    The Liberal Examiner says:
    I'm also kinda shocked that the Examiner has allowed all these personal attacks.

    I agree! This examiner is ALWAYS personally attacking good Americans with whom he disagrees.

  • Kat R 5 years ago

    I live in Baltimore and this is the same Michael McFadden who lived at 122 North Collington Avenue. He frequently posted messages on the Butchershill Yahoo! Website. His message was always the same: someone had done him wrong, it was never his fault. We all thought he was just another paranoid nut-case. None of us believed he was really an attorney. He once told a friend that he never picked up after his dog because he was "too important for that".

    I am sorry you lost your home and that credit card companies are sueing to get their money back. Maybe you are responsible for your actions after all.
    Good luck.

  • Mark 5 years ago

    My oh my, this just gets better and better !!!

    Too important to pick up after your dog ? I'd like to see you address that in one of your rants. Someone should be picking up after you every time you post a new "commentary".

  • Mark 5 years ago

    Looks like Mikey's gone into hiding...

  • herb 5 years ago

    Where is Mickey? Deadline is closing in Mike. 10 days and counting

  • Mark 5 years ago

    I think Mikey's away at an "Anger Management" retreat or something.
    I, for one, am on the edge of my seat in anticipation of his next "offering". Things are pretty dull around here without some comic relief.

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