And it’s not because I cut someone for talking stupid!
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Wednesday morning, Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) held a town hall right here in Podunk. I had a question prepared, I dressed nice in case I got called on, I strapped Gurglebutt to my back in the Ergo, and I packed cheerios & frozen blueberries in my purse. I let Boogermonkey bring his magnadoodle. And when we got to the community center, it was PACKED. They’d reached capacity – 200 people – at 8:00, when it wasn’t scheduled to start until 9:30. I didn’t want to turn back. I knew they had a PA system, they could just pipe it into other parts of the building – the library is attached & certainly big enough! They had a better idea. Take us outside into the parking lot. It was a beautiful sunny day, not too hot yet. 400 people – most elderly, mine were two of three children in the audience, and I was one of a handful of 20-somethings.
(photo credit: Registerguard.com)
And I did get to ask my question. You see, there are a LOT of falsehoods circulating on the web about HR3200. A lot of people think it mandates government-funded healthcare, or that deathsquads will be rounding up the elderly, or that taxpayers will fund abortions, or other such nonsense. All of this is spurred on by people like Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, and Sarah Palin (the last put something on her facebook page about it. Idiot). I wanted to know what Congressman DeFazio was doing to counteract the misinformation. Holding 14 townhalls, putting the truth on his website, developing a 10-page PDF debunking the weird e-mail that’s circulating, and e-mailing constituents, he says.
But really, all this misinformation has me ANGRY. Really fucking hopping mad. HR3200 isn’t government-funded healthcare. It’s insurance industry regulation, something that has been a long time coming. It provides a way for those of us who need healthcare to get it through private industry, to choose on the free market, without worry about pre-existing conditions clauses, medication class exclusions (antidepressants, inhaled medications, birth control, etc.), that sort of thing. People here illegally – anywhere from 8-12million people, so about 2.5-5% of the population – won’t have access to coverage because it will be means-tested, meaning you have to prove citizenship to get it.
(photo by Booger)
All of this information is readily available, yet people are STILL asking “will abortion be funded?” and “What about the illegals,” as though an entire class of people can be reduced to a single noun. Grammar!FAIL. Also: your xenophobia is showing.
(another photo by Booger)
I got into it with a friend on Llamaface’s facebook feed today. I couldn’t take it. I snapped a little. I laid the smack down, really. Because he was parroting talking points, and I don’t stand for that. Have a little respect for your education and mine (we went to the same school as undergrads) and read a little, at least. Form some legitimate complaints. Because if you come at me with some worthless Bill O’Reilly shit, I will eat you for lunch like a fucking ham sandwich. In the end, he realized he was getting nowhere, I knew a bit about what I was talking about, and we agreed that I’m really hott (yes, two tees) when I rant, and sex is funny.
(my kid is a genius, seriously)
Helen Philpot, a woman my grandmother’s age, nails why I feel so angry about all of this. Take it away, Helen:
And what’s all this crap about killing your grandmother? Are you people honestly that stupid? This has become less an argument about healthcare reform and more a statement about our failed education system. Margaret, I don’t know what plans you’ve made up there with Howard, but down here with Harold, we have living wills to determine how we will leave this world when the time comes. Mine states that unless the feeding tube is large enough for a piece of pie, I don’t want to be hooked up to it. Harold, of course, says his can only be connected to him if the other end is connected to a bottle of single malt scotch.
Now shame on me for making a joke about a serious subject, but if these morons are going to show up and scream at their elected officials, they need to educate themselves about the subject at hand. No one is planning on killing you or your grandmother with rationed healthcare or death squads. By the looks of the American citizenry turning out for these town hall meetings, we’re doing a fine job of killing ourselves with fast food, cigarettes and an overindulgence of ignorance.
(guess who took the photo. go on, guess!)
No one is trying to take your Medicare away. No one is going to force you to give up your insurance plan. You want proof? Sit down with a legal dictionary & read all 1,018 pages of HR3200. Or you could use your critical thinking skills. Geico & Progressive have pulled their ads from certain timeslots on FoxNews because of the things those commentators were saying about HR3200; if the insurance companies, which will be regulated more heavily if HR3200 passes don’t even want to be associated with the people saying nasty things about the bill? UR doin’ it rong.