PatriotPost Digest Friday, April 9, 2010 The Foundation "Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government." --James Madison
Government & Politics 'Where's My Free Health Care?' Now that ObamaCare has brought Hope 'n' Changeâ„¢ to all the Fruited Plain, citizens are attempting to claim their fair share. However, it appears that, as McClatchy News1 notes, "Americans are struggling to understand how -- and when -- the sweeping measure will affect them."
Insurance companies, doctors' offices and hospitals have been inundated with calls reflecting that confusion. According to Carrie McLean, a licensed agent for eHealthInsurance.com, "They're saying, 'Where do we get the free ObamaCare, and how do I sign up for that?'"
McClatchy, of course, doesn't blame Democrats for this misunderstanding; it blames conservatives: "That widespread misconception may have originated in part from distorted rhetoric about the legislation bubbling up from the hyper-partisan debate about it in Washington and some media outlets, such as when opponents denounced it as socialism."
We'll give them one concession: Technically, ObamaCare is more fascist than socialist, in part because it isn't initially single-payer. Still, fascism and socialism are ugly twin stepsisters.
For McClatchy to blame defenders of liberty for Americans' misunderstanding of Democrats' misleading promises is yet another example of journalistic malpractice. The Leftmedia has been on board the ObamaCare bandwagon since the 2008 campaign, telling us how it will "provide" or "expand" health care to "all Americans." Likewise, Democrats have lauded themselves for providing "health care for every American" instead of admitting that they're going to force us to buy it. Thus, it's understandable that the average uninformed Joe would mistake an unconstitutional and tyrannical law for a goodie bag of freebies -- at least once 2014 rolls around and all provisions kick in.
These dupes should remember what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said in March2: "[W]e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy." Apparently, while IRS authority to withhold tax refunds from those who don't buy insurance is in the bill, free health care isn't. More:http://patriotpost.us/edition/2010/04/09/digest/print/