The RNC has crafted a Health Care Bill of Rights for Seniors. Even the url implements the Republicans’ favorite weapon of choice: fear. It’s not just the dreaded “socialized medicine.” It is “The Obama Experiment.”
Obama will raid Medicare (hello, socialized medicine), interfere with your relationship between you and your doctor, install death panels and euthanize grandma. These are the bullet points condensed.
Most of these conditions already exist under the present system that supremely empowers insurance companies. You and your doctor do not decide what’s best for you. Insurance companies do. Cigna decided 17 year old Nataline Sarkisyan would die. Insurance companies and Nevada Medicaid conspired together to give a 27 year old his death sentence. Twelve-year-old Deamonte Driver died of an infected cavity in 2007. Deamonte’s mother could not afford insurance.
Cynically and realistically it makes sense for conservatives to target seniors with a fear campaign. The elderly were the only significant demographic that voted Republican in the 2008 election (Newsweek).
The real killer in the Health Care Bill of Rights for Seniors is the dog biscuit tossed to veterans and military families. Republicans have shamelessly cut and ruthlessly undermined veterans benefits as a rule.