Wednesday, November 18, 2009

With Enemies Like That …

They say a person can be judged by the enemies he or she makes.

I submit that’s also true of an issue such as health care reform. Take a look at the people and organizations that are against it.

There are the elderly Tea Partiers, whose grasp of the issue was summed up perfectly by the guy at a town hall meeting who yelled at a beleaguered member of Congress: “Keep your government hands off my Medicare!”

Then we have the Republicans in Congress demanding a bipartisan approach to health care reform while boasting that their goal is to prevent any bill from passing in order to damage President Obama politically.

Next there are the pharmaceutical companies who are raising their prices just in case a bill does pass.

And finally – although there are many other people and organizations on this shameful list – there is an organization called Americans for Quality and Affordable Healthcare.
This shadowy outfit is organizing opposition to health care reform in a number of states represented by influential members of the House and Senate.

So who is behind AQAH? No one knows. And, so far, no one has been able to find out.

Such are the opponents of health care reform: The ignorant, the partisan, the greedy, and the anonymous. Surely “enemies” like that tell us much about the merits of what they oppose.


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