#2: Chairman Obama’s healthcare plan is a deficit exploding socialist plot to implement government run healthcare that will take away your freedom and put your grandma on a death panel.
Unless you had been living in a cave in Tora Bora from 2008-2010, you heard and saw a ton of misinformation on Healthcare Reform. You know the story. Chairman Obama’s healthcare plan is a deficit exploding socialist plot to implement government run healthcare that will take away your freedom and put your grandma on a death panel.
Back to the real world: Healthcare reform reduces the long term deficit, gives 32 million more Americans health insurance, and is not run by the government at all. In fact, it delivers 32 million more customers to private health insurance companies. This, perhaps, would have been something to report on, (considering the millions of dollars insurance companies poured into advertisements on this debate) but you didn’t hear much of that on Fox News. Also, I have yet to see a death panel anywhere, and I don’t feel that I’m less free at all. How about you?
Although healthcare reform passed anyway, the right-wing media successfully scared the living crap out of low-information voters by spreading dozens of vicious lies about what healthcare reform was. And, really, that is the danger of the right-wing media. Low information voters, particularly elderly people who are more or less home-ridden, get the crap scared out of them all day long by Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, and Fox News anchors. When it comes to issues that matter to the elderly, health care is at the top of the list. For this reason, lies about healthcare reform rank #2 on our top 10 right-wing media manipulations since 2008 list.