The Democratic Public Option Deception Personified

Have you seen this video of former Secretary of Labor and uber-liberal, Robert Reich?  This smug presentation of half-truths, aka FULL LIES in my home, states that the public option is simply  that, “an option.”  Sure, Reich leaves out all the yucky consequences of the public option, but most of you are too dumb to care anyway, right?  If you don’t know what all of those yucky consequences are then shame on you.  In short, there will oodles of restrictions, punitive taxes on private insurance, ultimately leading to a single-payer system.  Anyway, here’s Reich a month or so ago.  No need to click if you’re not in the mood to hear a deliberately disingenuous, overly-simplistic cheerleader of the public option.

Well, lookie here!!  Below we have the very same Robert Reich in 2007 being completely honest when it wasn’t politically incorrect/inconvenient to do so.  In the video below, Reich touches on some of those yucky truths about government0run health care that he conveniently neglected from his video last month.  I present to you the truths liberal Democrats wish they could say, but don’t because it would be political suicide, yet these inconvenient truths are part of the goal nonetheless.


I’ll actually give you a speech made up entirely, almost on the spur of the moment, of what a candidate for president would say if that candidate did not care about becoming president. In other words, this is what the truth is and a candidate will never say, but what a candidate should say if we were in the kind of democracy where citizens were honored in terms of their practice of citizenship and they were educated in terms of what the issues were and they could separate myth from reality in terms of what candidates would tell them:

“Thank you so much for coming this afternoon. I’m so glad to see you and I would like to be president. Let me tell you a few things on health care. Look, we have the only health care system in the world that is designed to avoid sick people. And that’s true and what I’m going to do is that I am going try to reorganize it to be more amenable to treating sick people but that means you,  particularly you young people, particularly you young healthy people…you’re going to have to pay more.

“Thank you. And by the way, we’re going to have to, if you’re very old, we’re not going to give you all that technology and all those drugs for the last couple of years of your life to keep you maybe going for another couple of months. It’s too expensive…so we’re going to let you die.

Also  I’m going to use the bargaining leverage of the federal government in terms of Medicare, Medicaid—we already have a lot of bargaining leverage—to force drug companies and insurance companies and medical suppliers to reduce their costs. What that means, less innovation and that means less new products and less new drugs on the market which means you are probably not going to live much longer than your parents. Thank you.”

I’m sorry, Mr. Grayson. Did you say something about Republicans wanting Americans to die?


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